A former suburban Chicago GOP lawmaker, Rep. Henry Hyde, who died in 2007, authored the Hyde Amendment banning federal funds for most abortions.
Joe Biden is now saying a long-standing congressional ban would prevent poor women from exercising their constitutional rights to terminate a pregnancy.
Pritzker signs budget, income tax rates bill for his ‘fair tax’ plan — touts ‘new era of fiscal stability’
Pritzker signed the income tax measure, as well as three budget bills — the operating budget, the revenue for the spending and a budget implementation measure. And part of that spending plan includes a controversial measure: a cost-of-living $1,600 pay bump for lawmakers.
Illinois sends 13 Democrats to the House. Four want to see Trump impeached or to launch an impeachment inquiry.
Launching an inquiry allows for the start of House Judiciary panel hearings to consider impeachment: crucial in fact-gathering and getting public support.
And late Friday, the Illinois Senate passed the Reproductive Health Act, sending the bill to expand and protect abortion rights to the governor’s desk.
The announcement was a surprise, even with the vast amount of work to be done. That’s because negotiations had been led by Democrats — the party that holds the governor’s mansion and supermajorities in both legislative chambers.
The clock is ticking. Legislators will have to quickly digest the budget. And there are still changes being made to a capital plan that currently includes a gas tax hike, a $1 tax on cigarettes and vaping and several other controversial taxes.
Link said it would be part of a broader deal creating six new casinos across the state and bringing slot machines to three horse racing tracks, essentially turning them into casinos as well.
What Murphy neglected to mention during the press conference was that Cuomo wasn’t criticizing his state’s graduated income tax rate structure.
The working group was convened last October, a month after Preckwinkle fired her to aide John Keller for allegations of sexual harassment.
Democrats are completely back in charge in Springfield, and when push comes to shove, and at some point it always does, they’re going to do things their way.
Del Valle said Tuesday he has discussed the school board with Lightfoot. But, del Valle insisted that nothing had been finalized.
House Democrats moved to smooth the way for a new state graduated income tax by advancing a pair of proposals ostensibly aimed at local property tax bills.
In tears, state Rep. Avery Bourne, who is pregnant, warned the measure is a "massive expansion that will impact viable babies."
The move means Illinois voters will decide next year if the state’s flat-tax structure should be removed from the constitution and replaced with a graduated income tax.
Legalizing marijuana and expanding gambling in the state are still up in the air as session winds down in Springfield.
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Illinois voters get rare chance to vote directly on major public policy issue—and the political ads that go with it.
The fight to expand gambling in the state has seen its fair share of struggles, mainly because the bill in years past had covered too many complex issues with too many competing interests.
Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Ill., chair of the Democratic House political operation, withdraws from Lipinski funder after pushback from abortion-rights progressive Democrats.
It’s the story of a Chicago alderman who crossed a popular mayor and paid dearly for it.
While other countries do guarantee coverage for all, the benefits vary significantly.
"The aldermen need to be reasonably frightened of the mayor. They need to know that she’s not gonna put up with them getting off the reservation too often," Simpson said before Monday’s inauguration ceremony at Wintrust Arena.
Lori Lightfoot’s mother and family weren’t the only Massillonians to attend the inauguration — Massillon Ohio’s mayor and high school journalism students also witnessed the swearing-in.
Many of the newcomers, who campaigned on a platform of change, saw Lightfoot’s speech — and the promises she made — as the first step in a progressive agenda they hope will make the city work for all residents.
"If we don’t take care of our people and our neighborhoods, and our communities, how can we expect other people to do that?" Lightfoot told the crowd of women.
Circuit Court Judge LaGuina Clay-Herron denied William Calloway’s motion for a temporary restraining order to stop 5th Ward Ald. Leslie Hairston from being sworn in Monday.
Her proposals come as Missouri joins Alabama, Georgia and other states in advancing laws that limit abortion access.
South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg took his message to Chicago, where he said he’d create a "new normal" for Democrats — painting himself as a Midwestern leader who helped to revive a dying city.
Liliya Hrabar is now suing Moreno for defamation
The mayor-elect plans to add several new committees to the existing roster of 16, paying for that expansion by slashing the Finance Committee budget.