Michael Madigan

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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