Bill Brady Resigns From Illinois Senate, Leaves Door Open For Another Run

State Sen. Bill Brady of Bloomington, who ran for governor three times and led Republicans in the Illinois Senate, has resigned. Brady announced his resignation on Thursday, December 31, effective at the end of the day. He did not provide a reason for his resignation. Brady, who is a real estate agent and developer, announced last […]

U Of I Needs FDA Authorization To Expand Access To COVID-19 Testing In Illinois

SPRINGFIELD – The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign still does not have emergency use authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for its saliva COVID-19 test — and that’s causing delays in expanding it to the rest of the state’s public universities and K-12 schools. University officials discussed the matter at a hearing hosted […]

Lawmakers Propose Cut In Medicaid Rates

SPRINGFIELD – Two Democratic lawmakers this week introduced legislation to reduce state payments to the insurance companies that manage Illinois’ Medicaid program, arguing that the COVID-19 pandemic is resulting in excess profits for the insurers. Sen. Dave Koehler, of Peoria, and Rep. Fred Crespo, of Hoffman Estates, say that money saved due to the pandemic […]

Republican Ruggieri Launches State Senate Campaign Against Bennett

A Republican challenger to State Senator Scott Bennett kicked off his campaign Thursday. Savoy Village Trustee Alexander “A.J.” Ruggieri accuses his opponent of following Democratic leaders in Chicago, instead of voters in the 52nd District. “What we have now is a senator who follows strict marching orders from the Chicago Democrat machine,” said the 43-year-old […]

In First For Pritzker, General Assembly Overrides Veto

Illinois State Senate

Illinois Senators overwhelmingly override Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s veto of a sales tax exemption Wednesday, a day after member of the House did the same. It’s the first time that’s happened during Pritzker’s time in office. The 54-to-1 Senate vote reinstates a tax break for private jet maintenance companies. They’ll be able to buy aircraft parts […]

Senators Meeting Sunday To Elect New President

Rotunda of Illinois State Capitol

SPRINGFIELD – Members of the Illinois Senate will gather in the Capitol Sunday to choose a new president. This is arguably the most important election in Illinois this year, at least in terms of state government and politics. The Senate president has great power over whether legislation is considered — or killed. Because Democrats have […]