News from the Illinois state legislature, governor and lawmakers in Springfield.

One marketing expert compared the decision to retire the Madigan & Getzendanner brand, which bears the name of the indicted ex-Illinois House speaker, with ValuJet Airlines’ decision 30 years ago to change its name after a plane crash.
The clock is loudly ticking toward an Oct. 1 deadline. If the shutdown happens, the impact will reverberate across the city and Illinois.
Republican members of the House Judiciary Committee plan to blame violent crime in Chicago on Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx at a Tuesday forum at the city’s Fraternal Order of Police office.
These counties want more more to implement the act, and the state should probably start a conversation about how dozens of small Illinois counties can effectively govern in a modern society, Rich Miller writes.
As the only member of Congress with a Ph.D. in physics, Foster is using AI to learn more about a field that fascinates many and terrifies others, including federal officials.
Gov. J.B. Pritzker applauds decision: “Since day one of this humanitarian crisis, I have heard one thing from migrant families and their advocates — they want to build better lives and work.”
Despite being banned in 1979, products containing PCBs made before that time continue to discharge the chemicals into Lake Michigan and the Chicago River through rainwater, the city alleges.
The contract doesn’t mention specific sites for the giant camps and their tents, and none have been chosen, according to Mayor Brandon Johnson’s press secretary Ronnie Reese.
While Rochford didn’t technically speak “on behalf” of the Lake County Democratic Women, she helped the group further prove its bona fides.
“Things aren’t going to be too different for us,” said Cook County Judge Mary Marubio. “It’s just that money will no longer be a condition of release.”
“Everyone has to be focused on day one, recommending decisions to the judge and making sure that the law is implemented as intended,” said Amanda Pyron, leader of a coalition of victim advocacy groups.
All Chicago libraries closed after unfounded bomb threats Thursday, part of what has been called a national “disturbing trend” of intimidation over books offered on library shelves.
Doses of the vaccine are expected to be widely available within five to 12 days at clinics and pharmacies throughout Chicago.
The team’s president says the Bears won’t push for the legislation they argue is key to their plans for a massive development in Arlington Heights.
The substances exploded in popularity after a federal law unintentionally allowed businesses to sell the weedlike substances without regulations.
The program, which provides tuition assistance to about 9,500 Illinois children, will sunset Dec. 31 unless lawmakers extend it.
A prominent communications firm that helped launch a high-profile effort to assist victims of sexual harassment, rape and assault was also a paid adviser to then Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan while he was being sued by Alaina Hampton, one of those victims.
A top state election official says it would be up to Illinois’ judiciary, not the board, to ultimately decide whether Donald Trump’s role in the Jan. 6 insurrection disqualifies him as a candidate for president.
The heated Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, chaired by Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., with testimony from Illinois Secretary of State Alexi Giannoulias, put on display the national clash over library book bans.
Illinois Executive Inspector General Susan Haling says 177 state employees appear to have defrauded the federal Paycheck Protection Program designed to help struggling businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Gov. J.B. Pritzker and U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth are trying to seal deals with Asian companies — the governor with a direct line of communication with business heads, and Duckworth with two Asian trips under her belt this year.
Ald. Marty Quinn is circulating petitions for the 13th Ward spot after Madigan, 81, opted not to run. Madigan’s racketeering trial is set for April 1 — 13, days after the March 19 Illinois primary.
Illinois Secretary of State Alexi Giannoulias, who drafted the state’s first-in-the-nation ban against book bans, will testify at a Capitol Hill hearing Tuesday on book bans.