Republicans, even in Illinois, aren't typically supportive of high tax, big government agendas. But State Sen. Michael Connelly (R-Naperville), facing a serious election challenge for the first time in his career, is bucking the GOP conventional wisdom.
Illinois House Speaker and Democrat Party Chairman Michael J. Madigan (D-Chicago) has reported $45,000 in July contributions to Terra Costa Howard, a Democrat running for the Illinois House of Representatives against incumbent Rep. Peter Breen (R-Lombard).
She’s nearly 20 years older than Alexandria Ocasio-Cortes, the New York Democratic Socialist phenom fresh off the year’s biggest political upset. But in her quest to win a seat in the Illinois House, Glen Ellyn lawyer and political activist Terra Costa Howard is using the Ocasio-Cortes playbook, both in style and in substance.
Among Illinois counties, Boone, Montgomery and Bond had the highest percentage of property owners with mortgages who owe at least 25 percent more on their loans than their property is worth, according to an analysis by ATTOM Data Solutions looking at home equity at the end of the first quarter.
Illinois state government leaders say they will spend a record $38.5 billion and borrow an estimated $11.5 billion over the next year, according to a fiscal year 2019 budget plan approved by Gov. Bruce Rauner.
Ten House Republicans, including State Rep. David Olsen (R-Downers Grove), voted in favor of a measure that would make female-only bathrooms, prisons, schools, and shelters unconstitutional, require women to serve in military combat roles and ban any public accommodation for pregnant women.
The Illinois House has passed a resolution rejecting President Donald Trump’s proposed infrastructure plan, with Rep. Christine Winger (R-Wood Dale) among 13 GOP members abstaining from voting on the issue.
A political consulting firm owned by the Illinois Manufacturing Association and run by its longtime lobbyist and chief executive, Greg Baise, collected a record $1.91 million in fees during the first quarter of 2018, according to filings with the Illinois State Board of Elections (ISBE).