Latest Illinois State General Assembly News

Ex-Illinois House leader Arroyo sentenced for bribery scheme

May. 25, 2022 19:44 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A former Democratic leader in the Illinois House was sentenced Wednesday to nearly five years in prison for his role in a bribery scheme. Luis Arroyo was handed a 57-month sentence by U.S. District Judge Steven Seeger after pleading guilty in November to a wire fraud...

Editorial Roundup: Illinois

Apr. 19, 2022 07:14 AM EDT

Arlington Heights Daily Herald. April 15, 2022. Editorial: Reasonable law gives law enforcement a fighting chance against ghost guns When it comes to the issue of gun regulation, it is hard to imagine any law more reasonable than the bill headed for Gov. J.B....

Illinois lawmakers approve $46.5B budget with tax relief

Apr. 09, 2022 11:32 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois lawmakers approved a $46.5 billion budget early Saturday that includes $1.8 billion in election-year tax relief and a $1 billion deposit into the state’s rainy day fund. The Illinois Senate approved the budget plan on a 34-19 vote late Friday,...

Illinois Legislature set to approve tax relief on final day

Apr. 08, 2022 18:40 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois General Assembly was prepared to adopt a state budget of about $45 billion Friday on lawmakers' last day of a scheduled spring session. But well into the afternoon, the Senate was taking action on other matters and filled time with approving...

Democrats compete for best tax-relief plan with 2 days left

Apr. 06, 2022 18:20 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois is in the rare position of having a surplus in its bank account, which has meant Democrats who control the Legislature are competing in an election-year contest over who can give the most back to taxpayers. House Democrats popped a budget proposal...

House approves divestment in Russia over Ukraine war

Apr. 05, 2022 17:22 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois House on Tuesday unanimously approved legislation to penalize Russia for its war in Ukraine. The legislation sponsored by Rep. Lindsey LaPointe, a Chicago Democrat, directs state pension funds to eliminate any investments in Russian-based...

Democrats deny police-aid plan answers anti-crime criticism

Apr. 04, 2022 20:06 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Democrats in the General Assembly, under pressure from a law enforcement community that feels unappreciated in a time of rising crime, introduced a package of legislation Monday to bolster support, from pinning badges on top candidates to allowing retirees to keep their...

Democrats' anti-crime measures focus on victims, communities

Apr. 01, 2022 20:08 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Democrats outlined anti-crime measures Friday amid pressure from rising violence and Republican critics, promising more in the final days of the Legislature's spring session. Four pieces of legislation focus on establishing social-service networks...

Illinois Senate looks to crack down on smash-and-grabs

Mar. 30, 2022 16:31 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Senate has a bipartisan plan to crack down on smash-and-grab retail thefts and the selling of stolen items that follows. The legislation takes aim at retail theft networks that are believed to be responsible for stealing merchandise from...

Editorial Roundup: Illinois

Mar. 29, 2022 07:18 AM EDT

Arlington Heights Daily Herald. March 24, 2022. Editorial: IDOR may want to cut some late-filers a little slack Filing your Illinois taxes online is generally a good way to go. It’s pretty easy, it’s quick, and -- if you use the Department of Revenue’s “MyTax...