Michael Madigan

Ballot Initiatives
3:09 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

No Vote On Illinois Term Limits

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Cook County Circuit Court Judge Mary Mikva has ruled the question is unconstitutional for voters to take up.

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Illinois Legislature
7:28 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Cullerton, Madigan Come To Budget Agreement, Will Revisit Revenue After Election

Originally published on Wed May 28, 2014 7:43 pm

  Illinois Senate President John Cullerton (D-Chicago) says he's come to an agreement on state spending with the speaker of the Illinois House. But Cullerton is leaving the door open for an income tax hike after the November election.

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Illinois Legislature
5:33 am
Tue May 20, 2014

Quinn Pitches Tax Plan To House Democrats

Gov. Pat Quinn speaks with reporters Monday in the Capitol after meeting with House Democrats for more than two-and-a-half hours.

Originally published on Mon May 19, 2014 11:27 pm

Gov. Pat Quinn appealed directly to Democrats in the Illinois House Monday evening. He’s struggling to win support for his plan to extend Illinois’ higher income tax rate.

The governor appeared at a closed meeting of the Illinois House Democratic caucus.

Quinn is trying to win the support of the 60 Democrats required to make Illinois’ 5 percent income-tax rate permanent — instead of letting it decline by more than a percentage point as scheduled at the end of the year. Quinn warns without the higher tax rate, there will have to be drastic cuts in state services.

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Illinois Legislature
1:50 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Committee Votes For $100 Million Toward Obama Library...Again

Originally published on Wed April 30, 2014 8:32 pm

  A legislative committee Wednesday voted to authorize spending $100 million to lure Barack Obama's presidential library to Chicago ... for the second time.

Before he became President, Barack Obama served as an Illinois state senator and a U.S. senator. He worked as a community organizer in Chicago, and taught at the University of Chicago law school.

All reasons he might locate his presidential library and museum in Illinois.

But New York and Hawaii are also in the running.

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Legislature Debates IL Income Tax
8:38 am
Tue April 29, 2014

You First ... No, You First: Tax Hike Timing

Senate President John Cullerton, D-Chicago

Originally published on Mon April 28, 2014 5:45 pm

The Illinois House will take the lead on whether Illinois keeps its 5 percent income tax. It's scheduled to roll back at the end of this year unless legislators take action.

It's happened in the past. The Illinois Senate will pass a controversial measure -- like a tax hike -- only for it to languish in the House.

Not this time.

Senate President John Cullerton says the Senate will vote on the tax question if and only if it first passes the House.

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Illinois Legislature
6:22 am
Thu April 24, 2014

House Holdup On Tax Hike, Minimum Wage

House Speaker Michael Madigan, D-Chicago

Originally published on Wed April 23, 2014 3:43 pm

 Two major Democratic initiatives are still short the votes needed to pass, at least in the House, as the General Assembly heads into the final stretch of its spring session.

    

How to deal with Illinois' income tax rate is arguably the biggest issue looming over Illinois politics.

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Illinois Legislature
9:12 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Initial Obama Library Vote A "Misunderstanding"

President Barack Obama

Originally published on Tue April 22, 2014 8:05 pm

Illinois legislators will vote a second time on a plan to spend $100 million to help lure Barack Obama's Presidential Library and Museum to Chicago, following a controversy.

A lesson in politics: Whichever party is in charge can often use the rules to its advantage. Like last week, when the Obama library proposal passed out of a Democratic-controlled House committee with nine votes ... even though only five representatives were there. Republicans had skipped the hearing, and many say they're opposed to spending the money given Illinois' financial situation.

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A Call for Change
1:19 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Illinois School Funding "Protects Inequity"

Credit Rich Egger

Critics of the way Illinois funds schools say it's wrong that the quality of a child's education is based largely on his/her zip code.

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Lawmakers Supports Raises
8:03 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Madigan Throws Support Behind Raising Minimum Wage

Originally published on Wed April 2, 2014 12:27 pm

  House Speaker Michael Madigan says there is "strong support" in the chamber for a hike in Illinois' minimum wage. That's one of the big issues in the governor's race.

Businesses don't like it, but a plan to raise Illinois' minimum wage from $8.25, to $10.65 an hour, is before the General Assembly.

Advocates continue to try to drum up the necessary votes.

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Constitutional Amendment
10:51 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Protecting Voting Rights in Illinois

Voting rights groups are applauding a measure in the Illinois legislature that would add special protections for voters.

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