Welch Becomes Illinois’ First Black Speaker Of The House

SPRINGFIELD — Rep. Emanuel “Chris” Welch, D-Hillside, will be the next speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives after days of closed-door meetings with fellow Democrats.  Michael Madigan, who has been speaker for all but two years since 1983, issued a statement congratulating Welch as “speaker-elect” minutes before lawmakers were set to make the vote […]

Permanent Vote-By-Mail Expansion Moves To House Floor

SPRINGFIELD – The House Executive Committee advanced an election bill that would make permanent some of the expansions to mail-in voting that were passed for the 2020 general election. The bill would require election authorities to accept mail-in ballots that were submitted without sufficient postage and allow election authorities to set up collection sites or […]

Madigan Suspends Campaign For House Speaker

SPRINGFIELD – Michael Madigan (D-Chicago) is suspending his campaign to be Illinois House Speaker. Madigan has long been one of those most powerful politicians in the state. He’s been House speaker for all but two years since 1983, and also chairs the state Democratic Party. In a statement, Madigan says his suspension is not a withdrawal […]

Rep. Darren Bailey Collapses During IL House Session

SPRINGFIELD — An Illinois House Republican collapsed during a session of the General Assembly. Rep. Darren Bailey of Zenia was seen laying on the floor of the Bank of Springfield Center, where the House was meeting Sunday to maintain social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Bailey, who represents the 109th Illinois House district, was seen […]

Dem Chairman Delays Further Hearings in Madigan Probe Until After Election

SPRINGFIELD — The chairman of the Special Investigating Committee probing Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan’s alleged role in a bribery scheme said Tuesday that he will delay any further meetings of that panel until after the Nov. 3 general election. “The committee will meet again in person on Nov. 5 in Springfield – without the […]