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James B. Durkin

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  • Illinois House Democrats craft their own budget plan

     Illinois House Democrats craft their own budget plan
    House Democrats say they're working behind the scenes to draw up their own budget plan they hope can pass before a May 31 deadline as Republican legislative leaders complained Tuesday that their counterparts across the aisle are failing to "seriously...
  • Rauner, money talk in House right-to-work vote

    Rauner, money talk in House right-to-work vote
    Gov. Bruce Rauner had several House Republicans over to the governor's mansion last week to ask them to vote "present" when the House Democrats' called their right-to-work bill the following day. Right-to-work laws allow union members to not pay for any...
  • Letter: Durkin must represent all the school districts

    Who does state Rep. Jim Durkin represent? Lyons Township High School District 204 has enlisted state Durkin's support in passing legislation allowing District 204 to exit the Township Trustee of Schools structure. This is after District 204 shortchanged...
  • Elgin Mayor, staff spend day lobbying in Springfield

    Elgin Mayor, staff spend day lobbying in Springfield
    A recent trip to Springfield left Elgin Mayor Dave Kaptain and City Manager Sean Stegall with the impression that matters related to the state's budget are far from being settled. "I got the feeling that they are a long way from resolving their issues,"...
  • Free the Lyons Township schools

    Free the Lyons Township schools
    Robert Healy pleaded guilty last month to stealing more than $1.5 million while he held the obscure post of Lyons Township school treasurer. He was sentenced to nine years in prison. He stole that money from students, from taxpayers. Prosecutors say...
  • Emanuel could find help from Springfield elusive

    Emanuel could find help from Springfield elusive
    Just as a victorious Rahm Emanuel was about to step on stage to accept re-election accolades from a raucous crowd at a Near West Side plumbers union hall, he got a call. Bruce Rauner, his friend and Illinois' new governor, was on the line. "We had a...
  • Republican House leader eager for fiscal reform in Springfield

    Republican House leader eager for fiscal reform in Springfield
    Illinois House Minority Leader Jim Durkin urged small businesses to give lawmakers the chance to right a long list of fiscal wrongs in Springfield. Durkin, a Western Springs resident who represents the 82nd District, thanked owners for continuing to run...
  • Top Republican lawmakers optimistic about Springfield reforms

    Top Republican lawmakers optimistic about Springfield reforms
    Illinois' top Republican legislative leaders expressed optimism for financial reform in Springfield during a stop April 1 at the Plymouth Place Senior Living center in LaGrange Park. "After 13 years of one-party rule, we were in a really bad spot," said...
  • With no bloodshed, Illinois lawmakers solve a crisis. More of this, please.

    With no bloodshed, Illinois lawmakers solve a crisis. More of this, please.
    Some Democrats in the Illinois General Assembly voted last week to make cuts to education and other spending they favor. The Earth did not fly into the sun. In votes on the same measures, Republican legislators agreed to raid money from funds that...
  • Rauner, legislature on track for short-term budget fix

    Rauner, legislature on track for short-term budget fix
    Gov. Bruce Rauner and legislative leaders appear on track to resolve an immediate $1.6 billion deficit and avoid running out of money for prison guards and day care programs, though there's no guarantee the rare show of bipartisan cooperation will hold up...
  • State, local efforts combine to prevent school violence

    State, local efforts combine to prevent school violence
    As local school districts and public-safety officials move onward with initiatives to prevent violence from reaching classrooms, state lawmakers have announced plans to work with mental health professionals to help children with mental illness in the...