Illinois General Assembly News

GOP state lawmakers join Supreme Court brief asking to reject challenge to compulsory union fees

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jan 22, 2018

A group of nine Republicans currently serving in the Illinois General Assembly, including two rookie state lawmakers, have signed their names to a brief filed with the U.S. Supreme Court, asking the court to uphold the state’s ability to allow unions to extract fees from government employees who don’t wish to join a union, arguing the country’s founding federalist principles should allow the 50 states to decide such policy questions for themselves.

CUB critics say the utility rate watchdog is more focused on politics than advocating for consumers

By Amanda Robert | Aug 7, 2015

Critic says disputes between Citizens Utility Board and utilities result in little benefit to taxpayers, while former CUB executive director takes issue with allegation that it is not focused enough on energy issues.

Policy experts wonder why Illinois CUB gets behind Clean Jobs Bill without explaining costs

By Amanda Robert | Jul 14, 2015

“Consumers in Illinois are totally unaware how much they’re paying for these green energy solutions,” the managing director of a consulting firm said. “CUB is not providing good information, nor is anyone else.”

Illinois fails to measure nonprofit spending, policy expert says

By Amanda Robert | Jun 27, 2015

“They give that money with the best intentions, hoping it will help carry out some of the priorities they have deemed to be important. Unfortunately, in some instances, government will have long-time partnerships with nonprofits, and some of them are on autopilot, as opposed to, ‘Are we putting our dollars in the highest impact, highest priority areas right now?’”

Causation standards are needed to fix Illinois’ Workers' Comp system, policy experts say

By Amanda Robert | May 13, 2015

JACKSONVILLE, Ill. (Legal Newsline) – As president of the Jacksonville, Ill., Regional Economic Development Corp., Terry Denison visits regularly with major companies like Nestle USA that have expanded their operations into Illinois.

Candidate Comparison: 'Meltdown Mike' posing challenge to Dem congressman in Illinois

By David Yates | Nov 3, 2014

BELLEVILLE, Ill. (Legal Newsline) – In a race to close to call, soon voters in Illinois’ 12th Congressional District will decide whether to keep the incumbent or shake things up by sending a man dubbed “Meltdown Mike” to Washington, D.C..

Ill. becomes 14th state to back amendment to overturn Citizens United ruling

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Jun 3, 2013

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (Legal Newsline) -- The Illinois General Assembly last week backed a constitutional amendment to overturn a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that allowed unrestricted campaign spending by corporations.

Ill. SC rules for StubHub in tax issue

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Oct 11, 2011

Theis SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (Legal Newsline) - The Illinois Supreme Court ruled last week that the city of Chicago went beyond its home rule powers in trying to require electronic intermediaries, like StubHub, to collect and remit amusement taxes on resold tickets.

Kilbride retention will have lasting effect on Illinois political landscape

By Andrea Holecek | Nov 29, 2010

Lousin With Democrats in firm control of state government, Abe Lincoln's stovepipe hat will likely not be needed to settle partisan gamesmanship that will shape the state's political landscape for the next 10 years.

Illinois Supreme Court justice could face retention battle

By Andrea Holecek | Apr 7, 2010

Kilbride The demise of medical malpractice reform and the upcoming battle over legislative redistricting could factor into a key Illinois Supreme Court retention race in November.

Illinois AG: Burris's Senate term can be cut short

By Chris Rizo | Feb 26, 2009

Lisa Madigan (D) SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (Legal Newsline)-Illinois lawmakers can cut embattled U.S. Sen. Roland Burris's term short by setting a special election, state Attorney General Lisa Madigan wrote in a formal opinion.