Latest Illinois State General Assembly News

Illinois lawmakers OK crime bill cleanup, plan ends bail

Dec. 01, 2022 20:13 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Democrats who control the Illinois General Assembly approved followup clarifications of their watershed criminal justice overhaul Thursday, appeasing critics by adding numerous offenses to a list of crimes that qualify a defendant to remain jailed while awaiting trial. ...

Obama historical marker now at Illinois' Old State Capital

Nov. 30, 2022 18:39 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A historical marker dedicated Wednesday on the grounds of Illinois' Old State Capitol commemorates the date when then-U.S. Sen. Barack Obama announced his 2008 presidential bid there. The marker standing on the southeast corner of the grounds in downtown...

Illinois Dems tighten parts of criminal justice overhaul

Nov. 30, 2022 18:12 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — More crimes, including some nonviolent offenses, would be added to a list that could disqualify defendants in court from being released while awaiting trial under follow-up legislation filed Wednesday to a contentious criminal justice overhaul. It's a key...

Illinois legislators to decide whether to end cash bail

Nov. 25, 2022 11:15 AM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — One of Illinois' most comprehensive — and contentious — pieces of criminal justice legislation is scheduled for another cleanup, after it was both venerated and vilified during the fall election campaign. This is legislators' last chance to finalize details before...

Senate approves divestment in Russia over Ukraine war

Nov. 16, 2022 18:47 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Senate on Wednesday unanimously approved withdrawing state investments in Russia to protest its nearly nine-month war against Ukraine. The 50-0 vote on President Don Harmon's legislation requires divestment of money in Russian banks and...

Editorial Roundup: Illinois

Nov. 15, 2022 14:41 PM EST

Chicago Tribune. November 11, 2022. Editorial: After state GOP’s disastrous midterms, the way forward is clear. Break free from far right politics. No one expected Illinois to shape-shift from blue to red on Tuesday. Republican Darren Bailey’s quixotic bid for...

Illinois elects Democrat Eric Sorensen to US House seat

Nov. 10, 2022 16:49 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — A battleground race between newbies aiming to fill retiring U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos' seat in Illinois’ 17th district tipped in Democrat Eric Sorensen's favor, representing a key win for the party as it tries to maintain control of Congress. Sorenson, a meteorologist...

Democrat Eric Sorensen wins election to U.S. House in Illinois' 17th Congressional District

Nov. 10, 2022 13:32 PM EST
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrat Eric Sorensen wins election to U.S. House in Illinois' 17th Congressional District.

Illinois governor eyes legislative allies after reelection

Nov. 09, 2022 19:11 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Wednesday that his reelection a day earlier indicates that voters want Illinois “to be a beacon of hope and opportunity and caring” and declared his desire to serve the state as governor while dismissing the idea that he is eyeing the White...

Democratic US Rep. Sean Casten retains Illinois seat

Nov. 09, 2022 01:49 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Democratic Rep. Sean Casten defeated Republican Keith Pekau in the U.S. House race for Illinois’ 6th district, retaining the seat for a third term and helping Democrats striving to maintain control of Congress. The district is just west of Chicago. ...