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James B. Durkin

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  • 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,...
  • 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 '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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 pension law saves $15 billion less than first thought

    Illinois pension law saves $15 billion less than first thought
    SPRINGFIELD — New calculations show the state will save about $15 billion less than initially projected from the controversial major government worker pension overhaul that lawmakers and Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn approved last month. Critics who...
  • Major union group sues to overturn Illinois pension law

    Major union group sues to overturn Illinois pension law
    SPRINGFIELD — Illinois’ largest government employee unions sued Tuesday to overturn Illinois’ new pension law, ripping the long sought, landmark money-saving changes as outright “theft” from workers that won’t pass a...
  • Quinn pushes for minimum wage increase, early childhood education spending

    Quinn pushes for minimum wage increase, early childhood education spending
    SPRINGFIELD — A re-election seeking Gov. Pat Quinn used his State of the State speech Wednesday to declare that Illinois is “making a comeback” under his leadership and unveil a modest agenda of spending more on early childhood...
  • Democratic mistake on income tax

    It’s good news that Democrats are finally acknowledging their mistake that raising income taxes on employers is and has been a job killer in Illinois.  We must not forget that in 2011, it was the House and Senate Democrats who passed the largest...
  • Illinois House GOP wants to end lame-duck sessions

    SPRINGFIELD --- House Republicans today took what is likely to be futile stab at ending Illinois' ritual of putting off controversial issues until after an election --- a time when lame-duck lawmakers often get called upon to cast a controversial vote...