Michael Madigan

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Gov. Bruce Rauner is expressing frustration at the lack of progress in Illinois budget negotiations with Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan and says his efforts to set up a one-on-one meeting have gone nowhere.

The Republican governor on Wednesday accused Madigan and fellow Democrats of "playing games" by purposefully stalling on talks so they can argue for "a huge tax hike."

Madigan spokesman Steve Brown says Rauner's responsible for the gridlock for vetoing the budget lawmakers passed last year.

Illinois Lottery

A pilot program allowing the Illinois Lottery to sell tickets online will expire before the end of the month.

There's no time for lawmakers to keep the program alive before then. The House adjourned until April.

Republican Rep. Ed Sullivan from Lake County sponsored a measure to make the pilot program permanent.

"Because it's a process that has done well," Sullivan said, "and it's done well for bringing money into our schools."

But Democrats prevented it from advancing.

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Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan is seeking his 46th year in office to represent Chicago's southwest side.

Speaker Madigan proudly announced the endorsement of Cook County Commissioner Jesus Chuy Garcia - who lost his campaign for Chicago mayor last year.

But Garcia won in a lot of Latino areas in that race - and Madigan’s district has a large Latino population.

Garcia says he’s endorsing Madigan for one big reason.

GARCIA: The Speaker of the House has been standing up to the governor.

That’s Republican Governor Bruce Rauner.

A year ago, Illinois' income tax rate fell by 25-percent. The top Democrat in the Illinois House is suggesting it go back up, according to news headlines...but that's not what he meant to convey.

Following a rare speech at the City Club of Chicago, longtime House Speaker Michael Madigan was asked this question about the state budget:

"How high do you think taxes need to go?"

Madigan tried to avoid getting specific, saying at first:

"Alright, let me avoid creating a headline for tomorrow's newspaper..." This drew a laugh from the audience.

When Gov. Bruce Rauner pledged to increase school funding by $300 million, educators seemed unimpressed.

They’re more excited about House Speaker Michael Madigan’s proposed 3 percent surcharge on income greater than a million dollars. That would provide about a billion dollars to schools.

That move would require a constitutional amendment, but it has gotten backing from a variety of education groups that are often at odds with one another -- teachers unions, school administrators, and everyone in between.

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It has been about two years since 26 people, most of them young children, died in a massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. The shooter was 20-year-old Adam Lanza.

A report studying him was released late last year by Connecticut's child advocate office. It shows problems identifying and treating his mental illness.

"There were several missed opportunities to help Lanza," said Speaker of the Illinois House Michael Madigan on the opening day of the new General Assembly.

Illinois Public Radio

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.

Report Questions Hiring Influences At Metra

Apr 1, 2014
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A special task force raises new questions about Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan and his influence on hiring at Metra. The panel, which issued its report Monday, was created after a scandal involving political patronage at the commuter rail agency.

Cut The Corporate Income Tax? Illinois House's Top Democrat Says Yes

Jan 30, 2014
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The Illinois House Speaker is calling for a cut in the state’s corporate income tax rate. 

Lisa Madigan Will Not Run For Governor

Jul 15, 2013
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Lisa Madigan will NOT run for Illinois governor next year. The state’s Attorney General announced today she has been considering a run for governor for months, but decided to stick with her current job.

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