Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake) spent more than a year holding hearings and overseeing negotiations which eventually produced SB1829 – a massive omnibus bill on sexual harassment.

Freshman Representative Terra Costa Howard (D-Glen Ellyn) was reportedly none too pleased when Think Big Illinois began running TV ads in her district.

About a year ago, I attended a hearing of the Illinois House Judiciary – Criminal Law Committee and watched the Democratic majority vote down one Republican-sponsored criminal-penalty-enhancement bill after another.

Should proponents of legalizing cannabis in Illinois be worried about Representative Marty Moylan's (D-Des Plaines) House resolution?

A bunch of weak political arguments have been used so far against Governor JB Pritzker's proposed constitutional amendment for a graduated income tax. But there is a clear path to killing it.

Democrats often propose ideas that take forever to explain and are often difficult for the masses to understand. That wasn't the case last week.

A lobbyist who works for a business-related organization asked me a question the other day that I've been hearing a lot lately: "Who's going to be the stopper now?"

What he meant was: Who in the legislative process can be counted on these days to help derail bills which are deemed hostile to business interests?

Give Governor JB Pritzker some credit: The man can give a good speech.

Governor JB Pritzker's administration has confirmed that its new public pension plan will slash $800 million from the state's scheduled pension payment next fiscal year, which begins July 1.

Illinois Governor JB Pritzker's administration has confirmed that its new public pension plan will slash $800 million from the state's scheduled pension-payment next fiscal year, which begins July 1.

That reduction is a direct result of Pritzker's proposal, unveiled last week by Deputy Gov Dan Hynes, which would extend the state's pension-payment "ramp" by seven years, from 2045 to 2052.

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