Former GOP Rep. Seeking Back Pay For Himself, All Other Lawmakers In Class Action Suit

SPRINGFIELD — A former state lawmaker is suing the state comptroller for salary increases he claims he was entitled to while serving in the Illinois General Assembly for 12 years, even though he voted against those raises as a lawmaker. Former Rep. Mike Fortner joins two other former state senators in filing separate lawsuits against […]

Judge Rules Two Ex-Senators Should Be Paid Withheld Salaries

SPRINGFIELD — Two former Illinois state senators have a “clear right” to receive portions of their legislative salaries that were withheld by Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza and her predecessors, a Cook County judge decided last week. But Mendoza said she intends to appeal the ruling, meaning this latest development is likely not the last word […]

Report Renews Calls For Consolidation, Service Sharing Of Illinois’ 9,000 Local Governments

SPRINGFIELD – Illinois has long held the record for the most units of local government in any state — 8,923 local taxing bodies to be exact, according to a recent report by the Chicago-based Civic Federation. This total is higher than estimates from other government officials, including the U.S. Census Bureau, Illinois Department of Revenue, and state Comptroller’s […]

News Around Illinois – April 16, 2020

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COVID-19 Cases Top 24,000; Deaths Top 900 In Illinois CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 1,346 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state Wednesday, for a total of 24,593 cases. The number of deaths from COVID-19 in Illinois now stands at 948. At his daily news conference, Gov. J.B. Pritzker said […]