Media needs to focus more on the internal debates within the super-majority party and its allies because that is where almost all policymaking decisions actually happen in the Illinois General Assembly.
Speaker Madigan’s former chief of staff had been busted cold for lying during his grand jury testimony. The feds were fishing for information about Madigan, but Mapes wouldn’t even admit to knowing about totally legal activities.
Republican Dennis Reboletti is trying something different in a state legislative race: Stake out a “moderate” position on abortion in a party that completely rejects that stance and in a race against a solidly pro-choice Democrat.
Rich Miller: It’s becoming more clear, despite his initial promises, Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson’s aim has been to pull back from the task of accepting and caring for the continuing influx of asylum-seekers and return to his progressive agenda.
Miller: One of the bigger state budget expansion fights we could see play out in Springfield this spring is the creation of a permanent $300 Child Income Tax Credit.
Miller: Perhaps the weakest federal criminal charge against former Chicago Alderman Ed Burke was about his plot to extort the Chicago Field Museum because a friend’s daughter never heard back about an internship after Burke sent over her resume.
Three of Gov. JB Pritzker’s appointees to the Illinois Commerce Commission have not yet been confirmed by the Illinois Senate, including the chair, Doug Scott.
Rich Miller: Could legislators and candidates land in hot water if they pledge to vote for a bill on an endorsement questionnaire?
Miller: The Governor’s Office of Management and Budget released a revised state revenue and spending forecast last month for the current fiscal year and it’s pretty good. Its projections for next fiscal year, however, were not nearly as strong.
Rich Miller: Too many proponents of keeping the program alive seemed more interested in battling with teachers’ unions than finding a way to the bargaining table.
Miller: Last Tuesday, Nov. 7, Chicago Teachers Union lobbyist Kurt Hilgendorf told the Illinois Senate Executive Committee that the union had only “one problem” with Senate President Don Harmon’s elected Chicago school board bill.
Miller: The [Illinois] Senate is set to take up a bill (SB853) which would extend several statutory sunset provisions, including [unlawful use of a weapon] changes made in 2017.
With his latest comments last Thursday, Gov. JB Pritzker has taken almost every possible position imaginable on the Invest in Kids Act.
Gov. JB Pritzker and House Speaker Chris Welch both threw cold water on the idea of a veto session supplemental appropriations bill to help Chicago handle the increasing influx of asylum-seekers from Venezuela.
Miller: I don’t know what the answer is here, but I do know that local mandates are regularly approved at the Statehouse without taking the population of most Illinois counties into consideration.