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  • Illinois shelving $100M gift to Obama library

    A plan to offer $100 million in tax dollars to lure Barack Obama's presidential library to Illinois is on the shelf, with lawmakers prepared to wrap up their spring session without advancing the idea.

  • Illinois shelving $100M gift to Obama library

    A plan to offer $100 million in tax dollars to lure Barack Obama's presidential library to Illinois is on the shelf, with lawmakers prepared to wrap up their spring session without advancing the idea.

  • FILE - In this Feb,. 10, 2012 file photo, school students enter the "White House" as a life-size Abraham Lincoln replica stands outside, while touring the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, Ill. Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan has denied that personal friendships are driving his proposal to make the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum a separate state agency. A House committee on Monday,May 26, 2014, approved Madigan's idea to break the decade-old institution off from the Historic Preservation Agency. The measure moves to the House floor. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)

    House approves plan to separate Lincoln library

    The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum could "chart its own destiny" by becoming a separate state agency under a plan the Illinois House approved Tuesday.

  • Illinois House advances 2015 budget

    Having given up on extending Illinois' temporary income tax increase - at least for now - the Illinois Legislature is moving forward with a scaled-back budget that could lead to layoffs, further delays in paying the state's bills and a post-election vote to make the tax hike permanent or generate some other source of revenue.

  • Separate agency for Lincoln library advances

    The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum would stand alone as an independent state agency under a proposal approved by a House panel.

  • House Democrats on the spot with tax, budget votes

    Democrats in the Illinois House will be on the spot this week as the Legislature tries to find middle ground between an unpopular extension of the state's temporary income tax increase and a solid aversion to cutting state programs by $1.8 billion to make ends meet.

  • Democrats regroup, craft budget without higher tax

    Illinois House Democrats scaled back their spending aspirations Monday, saying they're giving up on extending a temporary income tax increase and getting to work on a more modest budget with just five days left in the spring session.

  • Madigan pushes independent Lincoln museum agency

    House Speaker Michael Madigan's proposal to form an independent state agency to run the popular Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum is scheduled for a committee hearing Monday in Springfield.

  • Illinois Legislature has full agenda in final week

    Illinois legislators return to the Capitol Monday for their final week of the spring session, with much of the heavy lifting still to do.

  • Madigan pushes independent Lincoln museum agency

    House Speaker Michael Madigan's proposal to form an independent state agency to run the popular Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum is scheduled for a committee hearing Monday in Springfield.

  • Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, speaks to lawmakers on the House floor during session at the state Capitol Friday, May 23, 2014, in Springfield, Ill. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

    Illinois lawmakers to try again after budget fails

    House Speaker Michael Madigan said Friday that lawmakers will try again to draft a 2015 budget after the House overwhelmingly rejected a budget plan that would have made deep cuts to schools and social services next year in a vote one Republican critic called "all theater."

  • Madigan resurrects Illinois tax on millionaires

    Powerful Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan on Thursday resurrected a proposed ballot measure to impose a tax surcharge on millionaires that had earlier failed to win broad support, in a move Republicans criticized as abdicating to voters the job of dealing with tough issues such as tax increases.

  • Cook County president lobbies for pension fix

    Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle has visited the state Capitol in Springfield to lobby for pension reform.

  • Judge won't delay lawmaker's corruption trial

    A federal judge refused on Wednesday to delay a Chicago lawmaker's bribery trial so he potentially could cast a vote to extend the Illinois income tax increase - the latest blending of public policy, politics and a corruption case in a state with a history of official wrongdoing.

  • In this Wednesday, May 14, 2014 photo, Illinois Speaker of the House Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, is surround by reporters after exiting a House committee hearing at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield, Ill. Madigan says he does not have the votes to extend Illinois's  income tax increase and is moving forward with a budget that does not rely on it. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

    Madigan says he doesn't have votes for tax hike

    With time running out on the legislative session, House Speaker Michael Madigan said Wednesday he's pulling back on a plan to extend the state's temporary income tax increase and moving forward with a smaller budget that could mean billions of dollars in cuts to state spending.

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