Latest Illinois State General Assembly News

Illinois state senator pleads not guilty to embezzlement

Aug. 16, 2019 2:16 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — An Illinois state senator has pleaded not guilty to federal charges alleging he took more than $250,000 in salary and benefits over three years from the Teamsters while doing little or no work. Democrat Thomas Cullerton of Villa Park was due to be released on his own recognizance following...

Illinois state senator Indicted on embezzlement charges

Aug. 2, 2019 2:57 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — An Illinois state senator has been indicted on federal charges that he took more than $250,000 in salary and benefits over a three-year period from the Teamsters while doing little or no work, prosecutors announced Friday. In a news release, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Chicago said Thomas...

The Latest: Lawyer denies state senator embezzled from union

Aug. 2, 2019 2:38 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on indictment of Illinois state senator's indictment on embezzlement charges(all times local): 1:25 p.m. An attorney for an Illinois state senator says his client is not guilty of the federal embezzlement charges that prosecutors announced. John Theis says in a written statement...

Illinois becomes 11th state to allow recreational marijuana

Jun. 25, 2019 5:37 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois' new governor delivered on a top campaign promise Tuesday by signing legislation making the state the 11th to approve marijuana for recreational use in a program offering legal remedies and economic benefits to minorities whose lives critics say were damaged by a wayward...

The Latest: Illinois 11th to legalize recreational marijuana

Jun. 25, 2019 12:13 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on recreational marijuana legalization in Illinois (all times local): 10:30 a.m. Gov. J.B. Pritzker has signed legislation making Illinois the 11th state in the nation to legalize recreational marijuana. The Democrat signed legislation Tuesday in Chicago allowing residents to...