Madigan Right-Hand Man Indicted For Lying To Grand Jury In ComEd Bribery Investigation

SPRINGFIELD – A federal grand jury on Wednesday indicted former House Speaker Mike Madigan’s longtime chief of staff for lying under oath during the grand jury’s investigation of electric utility Commonwealth Edison’s admitted bribery scheme benefitting Madigan. Tim Mapes, who served as Madigan’s chief of staff from 2001 until his ouster after sexual harassment allegations in […]

Senate Passes Bill Providing Release Path For Terminally Ill Prisoners

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Senate advanced a bill Wednesday that would give the Prisoner Review Board additional authority to consider early release for prisoners who have petitioned for such action due to medical incapacity or terminal illness. House Bill 3665, sponsored in the Senate by Sen. John Connor, D-Lockport, was heavily debated on the Senate […]

Bill Creating Mental Illness, Substance Abuse Housing Recovery Program Passes

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Senate passed a bill Wednesday which would create a new housing program for individuals living with mental illness or substance use disorders. House Bill 449 creates the “Housing is Recovery Pilot Program Act,” a new program which would offer bridge rental subsidies to individuals at high risk for “unnecessary institutionalization” due to mental illness, […]

Private School Advocates Urge Pritzker To Leave Scholarship Donation Tax Credits Alone

SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker is pushing to scale back a state income tax refund for private school scholarship donors from 75 cents on the dollar to 40 cents . The income tax credit was one of several provisions included in a 2017 law that dramatically changed the state’s K-12 education funding formula . The “Invest in Kids Act” allows […]

New Health Care Law Aims To Stop Systemic Racism

SPRINGFIELD — Before Vallena Adkinson’s 35-year-old daughter Helen Heath died in March from complications of the autoimmune disease lupus, Adkinson spent years navigating a health care system she said treated her daughter poorly because she was Black. She said during her daughter’s hospital stays, she was often treated rudely when seeking better treatment for Heath, […]

217 Today: Wednesday May 26, 2021

Wednesday May 26, 2021 Today’s headlines: Illinois’ constitution mandates the legislature re-draw their own district boundaries every decade, the year after a Census, but the state’s judicial districts haven’t been touched since the early 1960s. The Illinois Senate Tuesday voted to repeal a 1989 law criminalizing the transmission of HIV. It’s been one year since […]