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Madigan's successor resigns amid 'questionable conduct'

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The hand-picked successor to former House Speaker Michael Madigan's seat abruptly resigned Wednesday, under pressure from his sponsors who accused him of unspecified “question...

Illinois governor signs sweeping criminal-justice overhaul

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Monday signed into law a sweeping overhaul of policing and criminal justice that eliminates the cash bail system, requires police age...

Ex-Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan to resign seat

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois state Rep. Michael Madigan, a Chicago Democrat who virtually set Illinois' political agenda as House speaker before he was ousted last month, announced Thursday that ...

Illinois to replace longest-serving legislative leader in US

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois House Democrats threw their support Wednesday behind a Black lawmaker to take over as speaker, backing Rep. Emanuel “Chris” Welch to lead the chamber as Michael Madig...

Illinois House speaker 'suspends' campaign for retention

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan said Monday he would suspend his campaign for a 19th term in the leadership post amid fading support from fellow Democrats, largely beca...

Illinois House panel ends probe of powerful Speaker Madigan

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois House committee on Monday ended its consideration of a breach of trust claim against House Speaker Michael Madigan, voting down further proceedings that could have...

Irked Illinois governor to Speaker: End 'political circus'

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker said taxpayers “don't deserve a political circus” on Thursday when he gave powerful House Speaker Michael Madigan a choice: Answer questions about ...

Douglas statue comes down, but Lincoln had racist views, too

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — With the nation racing to come to grips with centuries of racial sins, officials plan to remove the Capitol lawn statue of Stephen A. Douglas, whose forceful 19th century poli...

GOP leader files charge against longtime Illinois speaker

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The top Republican in the Illinois House filed a breach of public trust charge Thursday against Democratic Speaker Michael Madigan, the longest-serving legislative leader in U...

Illinois ag director resigns over response to rape email

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker's agriculture director has resigned after acknowledging he received, but did not act on, a lobbyist's email seven years ago that referenced an alle...

Illinois governor merges pension funds in cost-cutting move

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Wednesday consolidated pension programs for most of the state's police officers and firefighters outside the Chicago area, a move he said would ...

Lobbying by sitting Illinois lawmakers under scrutiny

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A federal bribery charge against an Illinois legislator has led to questions about whether lawmakers be allowed to lobby other units of government. Illinois ...

Illinois marijuana law aims to undo harm of war on the drug

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — When lawmakers crafted the law legalizing marijuana in Illinois, they tried to make sure it would right what many see as past wrongs linked to the drug. In a...

800,000 eligible to clear their record in Illinois legal pot

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — For decades, getting caught with a small amount of marijuana could put Illinois residents in jail for up to six months and perhaps worse. The criminal record would follow them...

Illinois poised to be 11th state to legalize marijuana use

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois is likely to become the 11th state to allow small amounts of marijuana for recreational use after the Democratic-controlled House on Friday sent a legalization plan t...