Andrew Sullender

Pritzker signed the three new maps outlining new boundaries for districts for the General Assembly, the Illinois Supreme Court and the Cook County Board of Review. The hotly contested political maps will chart the next decade of elections in Illinois.
State Rep. Chris Miller said the legislative inspector general “exonerated me of all of the accusations” and called for Democrats to rescind their condemnation of him. But the Democratic sponsor of that resolution said the Illinois House “clearly stands by” its condemnation.
An ethics reform proposal approved by the Illinois House and sent to the state Senate would ban constitutional officeholders from lobbying the state until six months after leaving office or for the rest of their term, whichever is sooner.
The state budget now heads to Gov. J.B. Pritzker.
Some Republican state senators are upset by some of the board’s decisions and have questioned the appointments of four of the board’s members, saying they haven’t been confirmed by the Illinois Senate as required by law.
Those were some of the measures state lawmakers advanced in the waning hours of their session, which is set to end Monday.
“This bill is not a magic fix for the gun violence that plagues our state and our nation,” said state Rep. Maura Hirschauer, sponsor of the FOID card bill. “It is, however, a crucially important step that we as legislators can take right now to prevent mass tragedies and everyday gun violence.”
Lawmakers also passed legislation allowing those with drug-related convictions to apply for assistance through a temporary program for needy families.
The House passed the maps shortly before 10 p.m. on a straight, partisan 71 to 45 vote. They passed the state Senate in the same fashion earlier in the day. “We are not going to let Republicans gridlock the process, solely for political gains,” state House Speaker Emanuel “Chris” Welch said minutes before the vote. “It’s not going to happen. Not here. Period.”