Lawmakers in Springfield hammering out the so-called Grand Bargain need to restore the faith of business in Illinois, a former state senator turned technology and manufacturing advocate said during a recent Chicago-based radio talk show appearance.
In what the Illinois Opportunity Project co-founder called an "upset loss" for state Rep. Linda Chapa LaVia (D-Aurora) in Aurora's mayoral primary race, her defeat was significant because she lost despite backing from the state's powerful House speaker, he said.
Fresh from the success of his property tax freeze bill passing the House during the last day of the 'lame duck' session, the 97th District's representative said Illinoisans can expect real property tax relief by the end of the new General Assembly.
Though village trustees say it isn't, last fall's approved 375 percent pay raise for Orland Park's mayor bears some of the hallmarks of a pay spike for a larger pension, which the vice president of a Chicago-area think tank says taxpayer should be wary of.
GOP legislators in Springfield got their marching orders in November's general election to keep pushing for reform, the newly named House Republican Conference chairman, a lawmaker from Kendall County, said during a recent interview.
Illinois taxpayers need to send a clear message to the General Assembly to work with the governor and tackle the state's trillions of dollars in unfunded pension liabilities, the president of a government advisory group said during a recent radio interview.
While online campaigning and phone polling are changing the way elections happen, Democrats in Springfield may find themselves in an unfamiliar position if they should win a super-majority next week, a Chicago-area political reporter said during a radio interview.