Despite avoiding a credit downgrade with the budget package passed in July, Illinois still carries a massive backlog of bills that recently hit $16 billion, and the state’s plan to address it is to incur more debt, according to a report from Zero Hedge, a global finance website.
House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago) will extend his 46-year career through 2020, according to a recent report from Politico Illinois Playbook, and the Illinois Republican Party is accusing him of planning to rig the legislative maps that will be drawn up that year, according to a press release.
Fifteen Illinois Republicans and two Democrats have joined a bipartisan coalition of 65 lawmakers across eight states in an effort to end gerrymandering by backing an amicus curiae brief filed in the U.S. Supreme Court earlier this month.
Illinois House Republican Leader Jim Durkin is looking to replace his Chief of Staff with a former Bruce Rauner aide close to controversial state super-lobbyist Nancy Kimme, sources tell Prairie State Wire.
"That's the one I would want," J.B. Pritzker told then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich regarding the post of state treasurer, according to a conversation secretly taped by the FBI and transcribed in a Chicago Tribune article.
Illinois lost 3,700 jobs and saw another increase in its unemployment rate in August, according to preliminary data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) presented by the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) in a recent press release.
The toxic political problem known as House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago) is climbing through the legislative ranks and has caused the downfall of Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan on Friday, the Illinois Republican Party said in a press release following Lisa Madigan's resignation.
"Connected to Chicago" radio host Bill Cameron summed up his thinking about gubernatorial candidate J.B. Pritzker's ties to former Gov. Rod Blagojevich in a recent WLS interview, according to the Illinois Republican Party.
Springfield lobbyist Nancy Kimme could know soon whether she will face the Illinois Supreme Court over questionable spending of campaign dollars left behind by the death of Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka in late 2014.
The budget package passed in July stands to exacerbate Illinois’ worst-in-the-country pension debts, but some lawmakers are fighting to make strides against future debt, according to Madeleine Doubek, policy director of the Better Government Association.
Billionaire and Democratic gubernatorial candidate J.B. Pritzker donated more than $121,000 to Rod Blagojevich's political aspirations, making him the fifth-largest donor to the now-disgraced for governor, according to the Illinois Republican Party.
Three Chicago publications recently helped the Illinois Republican Party's ongoing efforts to show the connection between former Rod Blagojevich when he was governor and gubernatorial candidate J.B. Pritzker.
The current provider of medical and mental health services for Illinois prison inmates, Wexford Health, has, by any measure, an unhealthy track record: the Pittsburgh-based company recently was sued in Illinois and Mississippi, and fired in Florida.