Latest Illinois State General Assembly News

Report: Investigators ask about Illinois House leader

Dec. 5, 2019 5:16 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The longest-serving state House speaker in modern American history is a subject of inquiries in an ongoing federal corruption investigation that has already entangled several top Illinois Democrats, according to a newspaper report published Thursday. Four people interviewed by investigators...

Correction: Marijuana-Michigan-Illinois story

Nov. 30, 2019 5:00 PM EST

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — In a story Nov. 28 about Michigan and Illinois beginning legal marijuana sales, The Associated Press reported erroneously the name of an Illinois company licensed to grow marijuana. It is Revolution Global, not Revolution Enterprises. A corrected version of the story is below:...

Michigan, Illinois set to usher in recreational pot sales

Nov. 30, 2019 4:51 PM EST

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — James Daly is eager to make marijuana history on Sunday, when he plans to open the doors to Arbors Wellness, beckon the lengthy line outside and legally start selling recreational pot for the first time in the Midwest. “We’ve worked very hard to be prepared,”...

Former Democratic campaign worker settles harassment suit

Nov. 30, 2019 12:30 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — A former campaign consultant for Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan has reached a $275,000 settlement to a federal lawsuit she filed against several of his political committees. Attorneys for Alaina Hampton told the Chicago Tribune that she will receive $75,000 of the settlement. The...

Big obstacles remain before Chicago gets long-awaited casino

Nov. 30, 2019 9:19 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — After years of pushing a Las Vegas-style casino to boost tourism and much-needed revenue, Chicago’s leaders seemingly hit the jackpot when Illinois lawmakers approved one as part of a massive gambling expansion. But obstacles remain before anyone can place any bets. The city must...

Senator under investigation for possible bribery resigns

Nov. 27, 2019 6:44 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois state senator under federal investigation for fraud has resigned his office. In a letter sent Wednesday to the secretary of the senate, Chicago Democrat Martin A. Sandoval said his resignation is effective Jan. 1. FBI agents raided Sandoval’s Springfield and...

Lobbying by sitting Illinois lawmakers under scrutiny

Nov. 11, 2019 12:01 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A federal bribery charge against an Illinois state legislator has led to questions about whether lawmakers should be allowed to lobby other units of government. The federal bribery charge last month against former Rep. Luis Arroyo laid bare the potential ethics tangle. Most states...

Illinois lawmaker charged with bribery resigns

Nov. 1, 2019 6:15 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A state representative in Illinois charged with bribery, one of several prominent Democrats under scrutiny in federal investigations this year, resigned Friday. Rep. Luis Arroyo, a 13-year veteran, stepped down just hours before a special investigating committee of House members...

Illinois House launches probe that could lead to expulsion

Oct. 29, 2019 6:51 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Leaders of the Illinois House launched an investigation Tuesday into a Democratic lawmaker who refused to resign despite a bribery charge, a move that could lead to his expulsion. House Speaker Michael Madigan filed paperwork to create a committee to investigate fellow Chicago Rep....

Chicago lawmaker accused of bribing senator for bill support

Oct. 28, 2019 6:27 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — An Illinois state lawmaker bribed a legislative colleague with an offer of $2,500 a month in exchange for the state senator's support of sweepstakes-related legislation, according to a federal complaint unsealed on Monday. Rep. Luis Arroyo, 65, made the offer on Aug. 2 and handed over an...