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Power in Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan's office has been too centralized and its environment has fostered an atmosphere that condones bullying, intimidation, hazing and long work hours with inconsistent direction, according to an investigative report released Tuesday.

Illinois Democratic Party Chairman Michael Madigan has named a committee composed entirely of women to choose the party's next executive director.

Illinois Lawmakers to Combat Sexual Harassment

Oct 24, 2017

Illinois lawmakers will consider a measure that mandates legislators, their staff, and lobbyists complete yearly sexual harassment training.

Speaker Madigan Takes the Digital Plunge

Oct 17, 2017

Long-time Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan is trying out a new way to connect with voters: the Internet. 

State Rep. Scott Drury says he's dropping out of the race for Illinois governor to run for attorney general.

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CHICAGO (AP) - Illinois' legislative leaders are set to continue negotiations on a possible solution to the state's school funding impasse. 

School superintendents from central and southern Illinois are pushing lawmakers to reach an agreement on overhauling the state's school funding formula.

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A Democratic candidate for Illinois governor is comparing the leader of the his own party to a well-known fictional villain.

Illinois legislators have adjourned the third day of a special session without wading into a school funding fight. 

Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan says a newly approved state budget was the result of bipartisan efforts to end a "destructive" impasse that has gripped state government for more than two years. 

The speaker of the Illinois House has scheduled a vote for Thursday to override the governor's veto of budget package.

House Speaker Michael Madigan says he will call a $36.5 billion spending plan for a vote Friday while Democrats and Republicans continue to negotiate tangential issues crucial to a state budget deal with Gov. Bruce Rauner. 

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner has called a “special session” of the General Assembly scheduled for next week.

Democrat Chris Kennedy Talks Taxes

Jun 7, 2017

The Democratic candidate for governor criticized politicians who hold elected office while also working as property tax lawyers.

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The Democratic speaker of the Illinois House has appointed envoys to find areas of compromise on a state budget deal with Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner. 

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The Democratic speaker of the Illinois House is upbraiding Gov. Bruce Rauner for comments the governor made about him. 

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Michael Madigan was re-elected speaker of the House today in Springfield. It was the opening day of the 100th General Assembly. And Madigan used the occasion to call for a focus on economic growth.  Madigan's agenda consists largely of ideas he's suggested before: cutting the corporate tax rate, increasing taxes on millionaires, and raising the minimum wage.

Governor Bruce Rauner and his fellow Republicans have spent years vilifying House Speaker Michael Madigan. Lately, the party has gone further… trying to sway House Democrats away from re-electing Madigan as their leader. 

Republican Governor Bruce Rauner and Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan may not agree on much when it comes to the Illinois budget. As they negotiate both men apparently find it helpful to accuse the other of pushing for a tax increase. Rauner, Madigan and the legislature’s other top leaders discussed the budget privately Tuesday in Chicago.

Governor Bruce Rauner met today with Illinois' top leaders. It was the first such gathering in months.  A stopgap spending plan expires at the end of the year.  Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan wants to use the same recipe that led to the stopgap's passage.

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The Illinois House again has canceled plans to convene for a weekly session on Wednesday.  House Speaker Michael Madigan released a statement saying that rank-and-file groups of lawmakers continue to make progress on negotiations toward a budget deal. 

The Illinois Constitution says the state can only have a flat income tax. Most people seem to think that means wealthy people cannot be made to pay higher tax rates. One prominent Springfield policy maker has a different view.                              

A failed bid to allow for a graduated tax rate would seem to take a progressive tax rate off the table. 
And yet this was House Speaker Michael Madigan's recent suggestion for getting to a balanced budget:

"Cuts in spending, new revenue -- especially taxes on the wealthy."

Rauner's plans for budget remains a mystery

Feb 17, 2015
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Just how Republican Governor Bruce Rauner plans to deal with Illinois' budget remains a mystery.