Illinois Senate

Jenna Dooley / WNIJ

Illinois Senate leaders are sticking to their word that they plan to vote on a compromise budget deal next week.

Democratic Senate President John Cullerton of Chicago and Minority Leader Christine Radogno of Lemont told the Chicago Tribune editorial board that they plan to put the proposal to a floor vote Wednesday.

It would raise income taxes, borrow to pay off overdue bills, expand casino gambling, and freeze local property taxes.

Cullerton says the Senate must act quickly in part to fend off lobbyists lining up to kill parts of the plan.

Flickr user 401(K) 2012 / "Money" (CC v. 2.0)

Two proposals on raising the minimum wage in Illinois will be tackled by the new General Assembly.

The Decatur Herald and Review reports that Senate members have proposed raising the current minimum wage, which is $8.25 an hour, by 50 cents each year until it reaches $11 in 2021 as part of a bipartisan budget package.

A proposed bill by House members, meanwhile, is looking to bump up minimum wage to $15 an hour by October.

FLICKR User Jim Bowen

Illinois Senate leaders are hoping to move swiftly on their pledge to advance a state-budget compromise by month's end.

The Democratic-controlled chamber has assigned 13 pieces of legislation for committee hearings that aim to break the two-year budget deadlock between legislative Democrats and Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner.

The proposals include an income tax increase and a hike in the minimum wage, but also attempt to satisfy Rauner's pro-business agenda with a property-tax freeze and restrictions on workers' compensation awards.

"Writing? Yeah." By Flickr User Caleb Roenigk / (CC X 2.0)

A measure that would give Illinois adoptees more information about why they were adopted is heading to the governor's desk. 

The plan sponsored by Democratic state Rep. Ann Williams and state Sen. Toi Hutchinson would require state adoption agencies to give adoptees age 18 and older information detailing the reasons for the adoption.

Illinois Senate members approved the plan Tuesday on a 53-0 vote. It now goes to Gov. Bruce Rauner.

  Illinois senators are calling for a ban on unnecessary government travel to two states with bathroom laws targeting transgender individuals.

The resolution, which passed a state Senate committee Tuesday, caused spirited debate.

 

It urges North Carolina and Mississippi to repeal laws that requires people to use the bathroom of the gender they were assigned at birth, rather than their gender identity.   It also urges Governor Bruce Rauner to restrict travel to those states.

Pages