News

It’s Not a Holiday for State Lawmakers

It’s Not a Holiday for State Lawmakers

Illinois legislators return to the Capitol today for their final week of the spring session with much of the heavy lifting still to do. The biggest remaining issue before lawmakers is approving next year’s budget.

As part of those debates, legislators also must decide whether to make Illinois’ temporary income tax increase permanent rather than letting it roll back as scheduled in January.

They also could vote on whether to set aside $100 million to help build Barack Obama’s presidential library in Chicago. Among the issues less likely to see action are a gambling expansion bill and a deal to address rising pension costs for municipal police and firefighter pension systems in Chicago and other communities.

Saturday is the last scheduled day of the session.

Recent Headlines

in Local

Crash Kills Girl, 17

Fresh
police_lights

Springfield teen dies after Riverton crash

in Local

Madigan Files Pension Appeal

state_capitol_3

Attorney General Lisa Madigan has filed official notice with the Supreme Court that the state will appeal a ruling that Illinois' landmark pension overhaul is unconstitutional.

in Local

Chicago Couple Sues Aviation Company Over Crash

local_news_generic

A Chicago couple is suing the owner of a small cargo plane that crashed into their home.

in Local

$4.5 Million Headed To Illinois Food Banks; Springfield Included

foodbank

The state is giving nearly $4.5 million to eight food banks across Illinois for modernization.