Senator Kim Lightford (D-Maywood) has been working to raise Illinois' minimum wage for years. She wants to see it gradually boosted to $10.65 an hour. She says a minimum wage should be a "living wage."
"If you're still relying on government assistance, then we're really not doing ourselves a service in government because our goal is to move as many people off government assistance and allow them to be reliable themselves," Lightford said.
The Illinois Supreme Court ruled the state’s eavesdropping law is unconstitutional. The law made it illegal to record anyone without their permission. Gabe Plotkin is one of the attorneys who fought to have the rules thrown out.
"Citizens have a right to record what their government actors are doing in public and this statute said, 'no you can’t, and if you do we will prosecute you.' By striking down the statute on its face, it’s a victory for the people in Illinois who want to make sure that their government is acting as it should be."
With the primary election behind him, Governor Pat Quinn is pivoting to next week's budget address. He's expected to present plans for an income tax increase scheduled to expire at the end of this year. A report from his budget office says if it is allowed to expire, it will mean a shortfall of $1.9 billion dollars in 2015. Quinn's budget address is scheduled for Wednesday.
An Elgin state lawmaker has stepped down. Representative Keith Farnham says he has been battling serious health issues for years, and in coming months those health issues will require his full attention.
"The right thing to do for the people of the 43rd District is to make sure they have a dedicated, qualified and full-time advocate in our communities and in the State Capitol," he writes.
Last week, federal agents searched Farnham's Elgin office and home.
Officials say they can give no more specifics, as the investigation is ongoing.
For the second time, Dennis Anderson won the Democratic primary in the 14th U.S. House district. That means he's in a rematch this November with incumbent Randy Hultgren, who defeated Anderson in 2012. The district covers McHenry County and reaches into the DeKalb County city of Sycamore.
Northern Illinois University political scientist, Matt Streb, says Anderson again faces an uphill battle:
Former Illinois House Minority Leader Tom Cross of Oswego has been declared the winner of the Republican primary race for state Treasurer. He defeated DuPage County Auditor Bob Grogan.
Cross resigned his legislative seat in the fall to seek the post held by defeated Republican gubernatorial hopeful Dan Rutherford. Cross has said that, if elected, he will sue the General Assembly and governor if they don't create a balance budget.
Cross will face Democratic State Sen. Mike Frerichs, of Champaign, in the fall election. Frerichs was unopposed in the primary.