Latest Illinois State General Assembly News

State Senate President Cullerton to retire in January

Nov. 14, 2019 10:03 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Democratic state Senate President John Cullerton announced Thursday that he’s stepping down from the Illinois Legislature. His retirement will be effective sometime in January and he’s fulfilling a promise to his wife, Pam, Cullerton said in a statement. “So...

Lawmakers OK greater lobbyist disclosure over GOP complaints

Nov. 14, 2019 7:05 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois lawmakers approved requiring more public disclosure about lobbyists Thursday in response to a federal bribery charge against a since-disgraced representative but pushed heavy ethics-reform lifting off to a newly created commission that will report recommendations next...

The Latest: House OKs easier access to lobbyist information

Nov. 14, 2019 4:30 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Latest on action in the Illinois General Assembly (all times local): 3:30 p.m. The House has overwhelmingly approved a measure ease access to disclosure requirements for lobbyists who try to influence the General Assembly. Debate lasted more than an hour before the 109-5 vote....

House OKs consolidation of 650 local pension programs

Nov. 13, 2019 7:24 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois House on Wednesday approved Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s plan to consolidate hundreds of municipal pension programs to boost investment returns and save administrative costs. The House voted 96-14 to approve creating two statewide funds — one for police...

House approves cap on insulin costs, plan returns to Senate

Nov. 13, 2019 4:44 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois House has approved legislation to cap the amount diabetes patients must pay for insulin to $100 a month. The vote Wednesday to answer skyrocketing prescription insulin costs was 100-13. The Senate has approved the idea but a change in the House requires another Senate...

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...

Retiring US Rep Shimkus to donate official papers to SIUE

Nov. 10, 2019 3:00 PM EST

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Records and correspondence spanning the political career of retiring U.S. Rep. John Shimkus are headed to Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. The (Edwardsville) Intelligencer reports the Republican's correspondence, photos and official papers will be housed at the Elijah P....

Former Illinois legislature candidate charged with theft

Nov. 4, 2019 6:03 PM EST

WAUKEGAN, Ill. (AP) — A former candidate for the Illinois Legislature is accused of diverting thousands of dollars from a contractor to her own accounts while working as a bookkeeper at the business. The Lake County state's attorney's office says Trisha A. Zubert of Volo is charged with seven counts of...

Report: House speaker son sought business while fundraising

Nov. 3, 2019 4:15 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — A published report says the son of Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan invited a suburban mayor to a fundraiser for his father around the time he was trying to convince that suburb's officials to hire his insurance company. The Chicago Sun-Times cites an Aug. 27, 2018, email from Andrew...

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...