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James B. Durkin

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  • Illinois approves major pension overhaul

    — Illinois lawmakers narrowly approved a historic, sweeping overhaul of government worker pension systems Tuesday, overcoming years of political and philosophical differences in an attempt to address one of the state's most pressing financial...
  • Illinois graduated income tax push stalls out

    Illinois graduated income tax push stalls out
    SPRINGFIELD — The Democratic push to impose a graduated income tax rate in Illinois fizzled on Tuesday, refocusing the debate on whether the state’s temporary income tax hike should be made permanent. Democratic Sen. Don Harmon had vowed...
  • Districts weigh in on school treasurer's office

     Districts weigh in on school treasurer's office
    As Lyons Township High School District 204 pursues legislation to leave the Lyons Township school treasurer's office, smaller school districts that are part of the office are split on whether they'd like to stay in the system or leave it. Some school...
  • Madigan voting rights referendum question advances

    Madigan voting rights referendum question advances
    SPRINGFIELD — House lawmakers today advanced a measure that would ask voters this fall if Illinois should strengthen ballot protections and ban voter suppression tactics. House Speaker Michael Madigan’s proposed constitutional amendment,...
  • Julie A. Brady, Republican activist, 1962-2014

    Julie A. Brady, Republican activist, 1962-2014
    Julie A. Brady, a prominent figure in Illinois Republican politics, worked as a volunteer at the state level for several candidates and was an early supporter of the GOP's 2008 presidential nominee, Sen. John McCain. The wife of former Illinois...
  • Madigan 'millionaire tax' stalls out

    Madigan 'millionaire tax' stalls out
    SPRINGFIELD --- Speaker Michael Madigan wasn’t able to wrangle enough votes to get his so-called millionaire tax proposal out of the Illinois House, meaning it won’t appear before voters on the November ballot. The proposed constitutional...
  • Illinois lawmaker apologizes for racial comment

    Illinois lawmaker apologizes for racial comment
    SPRINGFIELD — A Democratic lawmaker from Aurora apologized again today for racial remarks she made on the Illinois House floor during a charged discussion of a bill to regulate charter schools. During debate Wednesday, Rep. Linda Chapa LaVia...
  • Bill to allow Lyons Twp. H.S. to manage finances advances in House

    Bill to allow Lyons Twp. H.S. to manage finances advances in House
    Lyons Township High School District 204 is closer to managing its own finances after an Illinois House of Representatives bill cleared a committee vote Wednesday. House Bill 5572 would allow the high school to break from the Lyons Township school...
  • Improvements coming to New Avenue

    Improvements coming to New Avenue
    A project to improve the safety of a stretch of New Avenue that winds through Lockport, Romeoville and Lemont begins this month. The road will be upgraded with rumble stripes and guard rail replacements as part of a $2 million road project announced...
  • Quinn in pickle over Emanuel property tax hike proposal

    Quinn in pickle over Emanuel property tax hike proposal
    Gov. Pat Quinn finds himself in a bit of a political pickle: he’s running for re-election on a pledge to cut property taxes, but Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants to raise Chicago property taxes as part of a plan to shore up the city’s ailing...
  • Illinois Democrats go all-in on class warfare theme

    Illinois Democrats go all-in on class warfare theme
    SPRINGFIELD — Illinois Democrats went all-in Thursday with their election-year class warfare theme as Speaker Michael Madigan pitched the idea of asking voters to raise taxes on millionaires, Senate President John Cullerton advanced a minimum-wage...