Latest Illinois State General Assembly News

Pritzker OKs legislative maps despite heavy criticism

Sep. 24, 2021 18:08 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Friday signed off on new electoral maps the Legislature will use for the next decade, despite concerns from certain groups, including some Black and Latino voters, that they weren't able to weigh in and wouldn't be fairly represented. ...

Timeline of events in Dennis Hastert’s life and career

Sep. 15, 2021 19:22 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert was for years known primarily for rising from political obscurity in rural Illinois to spending eight years in the nation’s third-highest office. Then came a federal indictment in a hush-money case centered on sex abuse allegations....

2 nuclear plants saved in energy plan set to go to Pritzker

Sep. 13, 2021 18:04 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Two Illinois nuclear plants would be saved from closure and carbon-emitting coal plants closed during the next quarter-century as part of a clean-energy package the Senate approved Monday and which next moves to Gov. J.B. Pritzker, who has pushed for a carbon-free...

Illinois House OKs zero-carbon power plan, Senate is next

Sep. 12, 2021 21:28 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois House on Thursday approved a wide-ranging plan to eliminate carbon emissions by 2050, with a compromise allowing two coal-fired plants to remain open until 2045 but cut their emissions by nearly half in the next 14 years. The plan...

Illinois lawmakers consider Reagan statue on Capitol grounds

Sep. 12, 2021 09:11 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Lawmakers are considering whether to put a statue on state Capitol grounds of Ronald Reagan, the Illinois native who served as the country's 40th president. Members of the House Statue and Monument Review Task Force met Wednesday to discuss...

Guilty plea likely from a mayor in corruption probe

Sep. 09, 2021 12:41 PM EDT

CRESTWOOD, Ill. (AP) — A suburban Chicago mayor is expected to plead guilty in a corruption investigation involving red-light cameras, his lawyer said Thursday. A federal judge set a hearing for Oct. 29, five weeks before a scheduled trial, after remarks by attorney...

Extra cannabis lottery planned to give applicants fair shot

Sep. 06, 2021 11:28 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois will hold an extra lottery to give six applicants an opportunity to operate marijuana retail stores after they were wrongly denied fair chances to win earlier, officials said Friday. A “clerical oversight” regarding “data entry” led to...

Illinois Senate passes energy deal governor says falls short

Sep. 01, 2021 12:42 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A massive energy policy overhaul aimed at making Illinois a fully renewable-energy state by 2050 cleared the Senate early Wednesday despite objections from Gov. J.B. Pritzker and groups who want more environmental and consumer protections. Negotiations...

Illinois Democrats OK new legislative maps over criticism

Aug. 31, 2021 23:19 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Democrats were poised to set new legislative boundaries over objections from Republicans and some community groups that the process was unnecessarily rushed and maps were drawn behind closed doors to keep Democrats' grip on power in the state Legislature. ...

Editorial Roundup: Illinois

Aug. 31, 2021 13:31 PM EDT

Chicago Tribune. August 24, 2021. Editorial: The Illinois legislative remap, aka Democrats’ incumbent protection plan It’s never surprising when politicians say one thing and do another. It’s also never surprising when politicians put their own...