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Stories with person: Michael Madigan
  • Business groups, injured employees weigh in on workers' comp 
    Updated: May-05-15 7:46 pm

    SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Business groups and injured employees weighed in Tuesday as Illinois lawmakers began debating whether to revamp the state's workers' compensation insurance program to reduce costs for employers.

  • Gambling hearings bring expansion talks back into spotlight 
    Updated: May-04-15 8:41 pm

    CHICAGO - With a budget deadline to attempt closing a roughly $6 billion shortfall weeks away, top Illinois leaders and lawmakers are putting the spotlight on revenue-generating plans to increase the number of casinos and slot machines in the state.

  • Correction: Closer Look-Privatizing DCEO story story has photos
    Updated: May-04-15 6:54 pm

    CHAMPAIGN, Illinois - In a story May 3 about legislation to privatize much of the work of the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, The Associated Press misattributed a quote criticizing the plan. The quote should have been attributed to Ralph Martire, executive director of the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability, not to Ron Baiman, who is no longer with the organization.

  • Illinois lawmakers fast-track OKs for Obama, Lucas museums 
    Updated: Apr-23-15 7:27 pm

    SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - With fast-track votes, Illinois lawmakers pushed through legislation Thursday to ensure that Chicago can use public park land as a potential site for President Barack Obama's presidential library, while also paving the way for Star Wars creator George Lucas' proposed museum on the city's lakefront.

  • Hopes dim for school funding formula overhaul's passage 
    Updated: Apr-19-15 12:40 pm

    SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Despite a revamp to ease partisan and regional opposition, Illinois lawmakers now see little chance of passing legislation this session that would overhaul the state's outdated school funding formula for the first time in two decades.

  • Rauner trying to broker mega-deal in Illinois Legislature 
    Updated: Apr-18-15 12:56 pm

    SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Seizing on Illinois' budget crisis as a political opportunity, Republican businessman-turned-governor Bruce Rauner is trying to broker a master deal to advance his pro-business priorities through the Legislature in exchange for new revenue to save programs near and dear to the Democrats.