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Stories with person: Michael Madigan
  • Investigator wants tougher legislative ethics laws 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 4:49 pm
  • SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Job recommendations and university application referrals from Illinois lawmakers should be tracked and publicized after clout-related scandals at the University of Illinois and the Metra transit agency, the General Assembly's top ethics officer said Friday.

  • Clock ticking for states to adopt health exchanges 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 3:13 pm
  • CHICAGO - For the more than 30 states that defaulted to the federal government under President Barack Obama's health care law, time may be running out to decide whether to create their own state-run insurance exchanges.

  • GOP lawmaker objects to 9-0 vote for Obama library 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 2:23 pm
  • CHICAGO - At least one Republican lawmaker says he's filing a protest after an Illinois House committee recorded a 9-0 vote to commit $100 million to bring President Barack Obama's library to Chicago, even though only five Democrats - and none of the committee's four GOP members - were there.

  • Illinois gives early OK to $100M for Obama museum 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 5:19 pm
  • CHICAGO - Even though Chicago is where Barack Obama got his start in politics, first lady Michelle Obama grew up and the Obamas still call their hometown, state and local officials aren't taking for granted that the Windy City will land the president's official library.

  • Metra files reveal years of political patronage 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 12:29 pm
  • CHICAGO - Files documenting a lengthy history of political patronage hiring at the Chicago area's Metra commuter rail agency reveal that some of Illinois' most well-known politicians routinely recommended job candidates.

  • Closer Look: Tough tax votes loom in Illinois 
    Updated: Apr-13-14 12:32 pm
  • SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Faced with an expected $3 billion budget hole from an expiring income tax increase, Illinois lawmakers are grappling with whether to raise taxes to avoid major cuts to schools and social services next year.

  • Voters to decide on 2 constitutional amendments 
    Updated: Apr-11-14 3:05 pm
  • SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Voters in Illinois will be asked whether to amend the state constitution in at least two different ways.

  • Amendment protecting Ill. voters to go on ballot 
    Updated: Apr-10-14 4:31 pm
  • SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Illinois voters will consider a constitutional amendment this fall aimed at scuttling attempts at voter suppression after Senate action Thursday.

  • Illinois House speaker cleared in transit probe 
    Updated: Apr-10-14 3:11 pm
  • SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - An investigation into whether Illinois' powerful House speaker improperly influenced hiring at Chicago's scandal-tarnished Metra commuter rail agency found no legal violations, according to the Democratic lawmaker's office.

  • Illinois House leader halts millionaire tax plan 
    Updated: Apr-09-14 6:17 pm
  • SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - An effort to increase taxes for Illinois millionaires is on hold after the state's powerful House speaker couldn't get enough votes to push his plan through the Democratic-controlled Legislature, and he's blaming Republicans who "prefer and protect millionaires over school children," his spokesman said Wednesday.

  • Illinois Legislature OKs Chicago pension overhaul 
    Updated: Apr-08-14 7:37 pm
  • SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - State lawmakers on Tuesday approved Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's proposal for overhauling two city pension programs that officials say could otherwise be out of money in little more than a decade.

  • Quinn won't say if he'll sign Chicago pension bill 
    Updated: Apr-08-14 3:25 pm
  • CHICAGO - Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn says he's glad Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel removed language imposing a property tax hike from legislation to address the city's pension crisis.

  • Manar introduces bill changing school funding 
    Updated: Apr-02-14 8:07 pm
  • SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - A group of Democratic lawmakers Wednesday introduced a long-awaited piece of legislation that would dramatically change the way schools are funded in Illinois for the first time since 1997.

  • Senate GOP leader opposes Chicago pension deal 
    Updated: Apr-02-14 5:12 pm
  • SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Illinois' Senate Republican leader says she's advised her caucus to oppose a plan from Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to bail out two city pension systems.

  • Report: Madigan influenced Chicago transit hiring 
    Updated: Apr-01-14 3:26 pm
  • CHICAGO - A task force asked to scrutinize metropolitan Chicago's transit agencies said it found evidence that House Speaker Michael Madigan directed Metra to hire and promote certain candidates, contributing to an environment in which corruption and mismanagement could flourish.

  • Extension of income tax hike may be key 2014 theme 
    Updated: Mar-27-14 7:06 pm
  • CHICAGO - The crux of Gov. Pat Quinn's plan to prevent big budget cuts is making permanent an income tax increase, which he acknowledges isn't palatable for many Illinoisans. And the move is even riskier in an election year as his Republican challenger, Bruce Rauner, has blasted the idea in hopes of appealing to tax-weary voters.

  • Quinn: Legislature should examine millionaires tax 
    Updated: Mar-27-14 2:52 pm
  • CHICAGO - Gov. Pat Quinn says state lawmakers should take a close look at a plan to tax Illinois millionaires.

  • Madigan to call vote on tax increase this spring 
    Updated: Mar-26-14 8:31 pm
  • SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan says he plans to call a vote on making the state's tax increase permanent.

  • Ill. senator unveils proposed income tax rates 
    Updated: Mar-25-14 9:44 pm
  • SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - An Illinois senator announce a push Tuesday for a major overhaul of the state's income tax structure, calling for a move to a graduated system that would require more from the wealthy.