Capitol News Illinois Welch To Become State's First Black Speaker Of Illinois House By Jerry Nowicki / Capitol News Illinois • Jan 13, 2021 Justin L. Fowler / STATE JOURNAL-REGISTER 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' By Jerry Nowicki / Capitol News Illinois • Jan 11, 2021 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 Kicks Off Lame Duck Session; Governor Announces Tax Code Change Priority By Capitol News Illinois • Jan 8, 2021 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 By Raymon Troncoso / Capitol News Illinois • Jan 7, 2021 BlueRoomStream.com 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 By Grace Barbic / Capitol News Illinois • Jan 6, 2021 BlueRoomStream.com Statewide Tier 3 COVID-19 mitigations could be lifted within 10 days. Pritzker Issues Marijuana Pardons, State Police Clear Eligible Arrest Records By Raymon Troncoso / Capitol News Illinois • Jan 4, 2021 Blueroomstream.com 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.