Illinois House

Litesa Wallace
5:23 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Rockford Democrats Pick New State Representative

Winnebago County Democratic Party Chair Charles Laskonis introduced Litesa Wallace as the 67th district's next state representative.
Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Rockford has a new state representative. Litesa Wallace was chosen from five finalists today to replace retired 67th District Democrat Chuck Jefferson. 

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67th District Democrat
4:12 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Jefferson Resigns As Rockford's State Representative

State Representative Chuck Jefferson is flanked by Rockford mayor Larry Morrissey and Governor Pat Quinn in this 2012 photo.
Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

State Representative Chuck Jefferson surprised constituents and political watchers alike by quietly submitting his resignation. The Rockford Democrat has served in the State House since 2001. 

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Income tax hike kicked down the road?
5:50 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

House Approves 2015 Illinois Budget

Rep. Luis Arroyo, D-Chicago, presents budget legislation Tuesday in the Illinois House of Representatives.
Credit Brian Mackey / Illinois Public Radio

Illinois House members went from “doomsday” to “middle-of-the-road” when they approved a scaled-back budget for 2015. 

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Illinois Legislature
3:32 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Illinois House Adjourns For Weekend: No Doomsday Budget

Credit WUIS / wuis.org

The Illinois House overwhelmingly rejected  a so-called "doomsday budget" today -- one that does NOT rely on extending 20-11's income tax hike. It would have imposed deep cuts across Illinois government.

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Anthony vs. Severson
5:36 am
Thu March 13, 2014

Two 75th District Republicans Tout Experience In Primary Race

Republicans Ron Severson and John Anthony are seeking their party's nomination in next week's primary election.
Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Next week, Republican voters in the 75th Illinois House District will choose the person they want to represent them in the general election this fall. The choice comes down to the man who has attracted positive national attention during his half-year in office and a long-time county government leader. 

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Election 2014
4:29 am
Wed March 12, 2014

Four-Way Fight For The 50th House District

Republican primary candidates in the 50th Illinois House District, clock-wise, from upper left: Julie Cosimo, Beth Goncher, Bill Keck, and Keith Wheeler.
Credit Jenna Dooley / WNIJ

Republican State Representative Kay Hatcher announced last fall she wouldn’t run for the 50th district seat she has held since 2009. It didn’t take long for four Republicans and a Democrat to come forward and announce their intentions to replace her. We continue our primary election previews with a look at the candidates in the district that covers portions of southern Kane and northern Kendall counties. 

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4:18 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Illinois House Approves Same-Sex Marriage

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Same-sex marriage took a big step toward becoming law in Illinois today. The Illinois House of Representatives approved gay marriage in a narrow vote. 

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House GOP selects next leader
4:11 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Cook County Republican Durkin Joins "The Four Tops"

Rep. Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs) bested Rep. Raymond Poe (R-Springfield) as Illinois House Republicans’ new leader. Despite a “scuffle” over the leadership post in past days, Durkin and Poe presented a united front after the closed-door caucus meeting at the Statehouse Inn in Springfield Thursday.
Credit Amanda Vinicky

Call him “House Minority Leader Durkin.” State Representative Jim Durkin was elected Thursday by his Republican colleagues as their new House leader.  

The new Republican leader is from the Cook County village of Western Springs. He’s an attorney and has served twice in the Illinois House: from 1994 to 2002, and from 2006 to today. In between, he ran unsuccessfully for U.S. Senate.  

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Politics
12:48 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

House GOP Will Meet To Pick A Leader

State Rep. Tom Cross
Credit ilga.gov

Republican members of the Illinois House of Representatives will meet Thursday to try to select a replacement for GOP Leader Tom Cross, who announced last week that he will be stepping down. He's expected to run for State Treasurer instead.

Seventeen House Republicans who signed a letter officially scheduling the meeting say there's no time to waste in replacing him.

The letter says the House Republican's fundraising arm is in "dire financial straits" ... and that shoring up funds ahead of next year's election will be difficult until a new leader is in place.

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Tom Cross for treasurer?
12:37 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

Illinois House GOP Leader Wants New Job

Illinois House Republican Leader Tom Cross at Chicago-Rockford International Airport in 2012.
Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Illinois House minority leader Tom Cross is telling his Republican colleagues today he plans to run for Illinois treasurer. 

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