Democratic Party of Illinois

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Illinois Dan McConchie

Decision 2022

Illinois lawmakers schedule Aug. 31 session to redraw legislative maps in light of census data

Republicans say the matter should go to a bipartisan commission

SPRINGFIELD (Capitol News Illinois) – Lawmakers will head back to the Capitol on Tuesday, Aug. 31, to consider changes to the legislative maps that Gov. JB Pritzker signed into law earlier this year. Those maps – which set the new boundaries for the 118 state House and 59 state Senate districts for the next decade – were passed based on survey data in May, as the full U.S. Census block-level numbers were not made available until Aug. 12. The release […]

todayAugust 21, 2021

Welch Harmon Illinois redistricting

Decision 2022

Democratic leaders seek to dismiss redistricting lawsuits

Virtual hearing set for week after U.S. Census data is officially released

SPRINGFIELD (Capitol News Illinois) – Lawyers for Illinois’ Democratic legislative leaders last week filed a motion to dismiss a lawsuit from Republicans and a Mexican American advocacy group regarding newly drawn legislative maps, calling the challenge “purely speculative” until full U.S. Census data is released. The motion, filed Friday, was an expected move following a Wednesday, July 14, status hearing for two consolidated lawsuits filed by Republican legislative leaders Sen. Dan McConchie (R-Hawthorn Woods), and Rep. Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs), […]

todayJuly 20, 2021

Don Tracy

Illinois

Illinois Republicans name Don Tracy as new chairman

Springfield attorney formerly led Illinois Gaming Board

SPRINGFIELD (CNI) -- The Illinois Republican Party Central Committee on Saturday named Springfield attorney Don Tracy as its new chairman, replacing Tim Schneider, who had held the post for more than six years. Tracy, a partner in the firm Brown Hay and Stephens, also served as chairman of the Illinois Gaming Board during former Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration. “I ran for this position because I love Illinois – it’s my home – and I believe the ILGOP can be a […]

todayFebruary 8, 2021

Illinois

More Illinois Democrats take aim at Madigan

SPRINGFIELD (The Center Square) – Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago) said he’s not going anywhere despite members of his own party saying it’s time for him to step down as party leader. State Rep. Stephanie Kifowit (D-Oswego) is making a bid to replace Madigan as speaker when the next term of the Illinois House begins in January. She also said he shouldn't be leading the Democratic Party of Illinois anymore. “The Democratic Party cannot be defined as the party […]

todayNovember 9, 2020

Capital Area Region

RICO lawsuit filed against Madigan, ComEd in federal court

CHICAGO (The Center Square) – Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan and utility ComEd have been hit with a civil racketeering lawsuit filed in federal court. The suit filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District Eastern Division by a group of attorneys asks for ComEd customers to get payments of at least $450 million in damages, including $150 million in “ill-gotten gains ComEd has admitted to.” The suit seeks an additional $300 million under the RICO Act’s damages […]

todayAugust 10, 2020

Capital Area Region

COMMENTARY: Republican legislators implicated as part of Madigan special interest donations

As if the whole corruption saga surrounding Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan wasn't already interesting. However, it just got that much more interesting, based on recent developments that now implicate members of the Republican Party. Madigan, presumably "Public Official A" in recent ComEd legal filings, and some of his special interests may have something to do with contributions to some Republicans as well. Davidsmeyer willingly admits to receiving ComEd money State Rep. C.D. Davidsmeyer (R-Jacksonville) recently stated on local station […]

todayJuly 29, 2020

Decision 2020

COMED SCANDAL: What charges could Michael Madigan face?

CHICAGO -- Federal prosecutors delivered a response to a question this weekend regarding the ComEd scandal. The question: is Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan implicated as part of the ComEd criminal investigation? The Associated Press reports that Madigan, the longest-serving statehouse speaker in the nation, is. Madigan is a subject in ComEd's criminal investigation regarding influence-peddling and lobbying activities to benefit a utility company. Whether Madigan, 78, will face charges, when charges will be issued and for what crimes are […]

todayJuly 26, 2020

Decision 2020

Illinois Republican Party files lawsuit against Gov. JB Pritzker

SPRINGFIELD -- The Republican Party has filed a lawsuit against Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker for what they see as First Amendment rights violations. Tim Schneider, Illinois Republican Party chairman, states the lawsuit is important due to excessive governmental overreach during the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, the party had to hold their quadrennial state convention in a virtual environment. Illinois Democrats also had to hold convention virtually Republicans weren't the only state party who had to hold their convention business […]

todayJune 18, 2020

Capital Area Region

Skillicorn, GOP colleagues call for special legislative session to tackle ethics reform

SPRINGFIELD (Heartland Newsfeed) -- Several members of the Republican caucus are calling for a special session in order to bring ethics reform to the General Assembly, but it doesn't seem likely it will happen this month. State Rep. Allen Skillicorn (R-Crystal Lake) recently called for a special session on Twitter, citing that "ending the culture of corruption" is key and "is not rocket science." Skillicorn and four other colleagues -- Brad Halbrook (R-Shelbyville), Blaine Wilhour (R-Beecher City), Chris Miller (R-Oakland) […]

todayDecember 6, 2019

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