Capitol News Illinois

Welch To Become State's First Black Speaker Of Illinois House

Jan 13, 2021
Welch and Gordon-Booth

Rep. Emanuel "Chris" Welch, D-Hillside, will be the next speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives after days of closed-door meetings with fellow Democrats. 

Madigan Suspends Speaker Campaign: 'This Is Not A Withdrawal'

Jan 11, 2021
Madigan on the floor
Jerry Nowicki / Capitol News Illinois

House Speaker Michael Madigan announced he would suspend his campaign for House Speaker of the 102nd General Assembly on Monday, but his statement made clear he was not withdrawing from the race.

House members at a session
Jerry Nowicki / Capitol News Illinois

Illinois House lawmakers were back in the capital city Friday for the first time since May, kicking off a five-day “lame duck” legislative session.

Black Caucus Introduces Sweeping Police Legislation, Faces Opposition From Law Enforcement

Jan 7, 2021
Elgie Sims

The Illinois Legislative Black Caucus has introduced a sweeping criminal justice omnibus bill that aims to heavily alter the state of policing in Illinois.

Regions Could Have Some Mitigations Loosened Starting Jan. 15

Jan 6, 2021
Pritzker at a podium

Statewide Tier 3 COVID-19 mitigations could be lifted within 10 days.

Pritzker Issues Marijuana Pardons, State Police Clear Eligible Arrest Records

Jan 4, 2021
Toi Hutchinson speaks

Gov. JB Pritzker issued 9,219 pardons for low-level marijuana convictions on Thursday, New Year’s Eve, while announcing the Illinois State Police had expunged all eligible records at the state level for marijuana related arrests.