Three women Democratic state representatives are calling for an independent investigation of House Speaker Michael Madigan's office.

A trial attorney for imprisoned former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich says she's excited that President Donald Trump is considering commuting the Democrat's 14-year prison sentence for corruption.

A measure is awaiting action from Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner that would end the state's participation in a controversial multi-state voter registration database.

Two Illinois Congressmen talked bi-partisan politics and policy Wednesday at Bradley University. The Institute for Principled Leadership and Dirksen Congressional Center sponsored the event. 

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If you thought 2017 was an interesting year politically, 2018 is forecast to be intense. 

An email shows Gov. Bruce Rauner's office recommended the appointment of a state purchasing regulator whom the Republican now claims is under his Democratic rival's thumb.

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The Cook County Democratic Party has endorsed J-B Pritzker for Illinois governor. But other Democrats say the party should not pick a favorite for the primary. Before the endorsement, State Senator Daniel Biss told party bosses the pick shows Democrats didn’t learn any lessons from the 2016 fight between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton.

President Trump: The First 100 Days

Apr 25, 2017
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Before his election, back in October, then-presidential candidate Donald Trump laid out a 100 Day Action Plan. He called it his Contract With The American Voter. Among other things, it called for the full repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act, suspension of immigration from certain "terror-prone regions," and the lifting of "roadblocks" to let "infrastructure projects like the Keystone Pipeline move forward."

The 100-day mark is not an official milestone, but it is a traditional point to take stock of a new presidential administration. Throughout President Trump's time in office so far, there have been both flurries of action and some setbacks. In many cases, the status of these efforts is not clear-cut, with substantial talk but not yet action. In other areas, progress is clearer.

The end of this week marks the 100th day of President Trump's term, and NPR is revisiting his full action plan, with annotations from journalists throughout the newsroom, taking stock of how the president's accomplishments compare with his campaign promises.

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The Former Democratic U.S. Senate Majority Leader is speaking at Bradley University Monday. Tom Daschle is speaking​ about his co-authored book “Crisis Point.” He wrote it with former Republican U.S. Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott.

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A member of one of the most famous political families in Chicago says politics are changing and not for the better. Illinois Public Radio's Lauren Chooljian reports.

Bill Daley was the former chief of staff to President Barack Obama. He’s also run for Illinois governor.

Daley says politics have changed so much in the last four years.  They’re nastier, and harder to predict. He says he doesn’t have a clear idea of which Illinois Democrat should run for governor, a popular topic in Philadelphia this week.

President Barack Obama says lawmakers should rethink how congressional districts are drawn as a way to improve the country's political climate. 

It's a week into the New Year, and gyms across the country are packed with people who've vowed to get in shape. Our Statehouse Bureau Chief Amanda Vinicky had resolved to be one of them, but admits that already, she's fallen short. Maybe Illinois' leaders will have better luck. Vinicky asked around for their civic-minded resolutions.

No matter your political persuasion, given the stalemate that's gripping the state, we can all agree that Illinois could use some self-improvements.

A much-anticipated meeting among Governor Bruce Rauner and Illinois' four legislative leaders was held Tuesday.  It was the first time the entire group had gathered during Illinois' budget impasse --- which has entered its sixth month.  They talked behind closed doors for about an hour.

Republican House Leader Jim Durkin said little was accomplished.

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Few people in Springfield know Illinois politics better than Rich Miller.  In 1993, after working for a few years for a company that collected legislative information for lobbyists, Miller started a political newsletter called Capitol Fax.  As it grew, he expanded to include the website capitolfax.com, and now has well over a thousand annual subscribers, plus many others who read Miller’s free content online.

Cullerton, Rauner see tension amid impasse

Jul 22, 2015

Republican Governor Bruce Rauner has given credit to the Illinois state senate’s top Democrat for trying to negotiate with him during the budget impasse.  This week - that relationship hit a speed bump.

Justice laments Rauner characterization of Supreme Court

Jul 15, 2015

Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne Burke says it's "regrettable" Gov. Bruce Rauner has characterized the high court as untrustworthy and part of a "corrupt system."

After a speech in Chicago on Tuesday, Burke said her colleagues are outstanding legal educators. She also said the justices are "good people, honest, moral and ethical."

After Weeks of Silence, Schock Takes to Twitter

May 1, 2015

Former U.S. Congressman Aaron Schock sent out one of his first public communications since resigning in March. Schock sent out a Tweet commenting on a widely-reported statewide story where a lawyer told a federal judge he couldn’t find Schock.  Schock embedded a Tweet from Fox News anchor Greta Van Susteren, where she says Schock answered his cellphone and isn’t missing. Schock’s own Tweet says ‘Glad to know one reporter does her homework.....’

Where is Aaron Schock? An attorney for a campaign donor suing the former Illinois congressman has told a federal judge he can't locate the Republican who resigned in March amid questions about his spending. 

In addition to choosing a new governor, Illinois voters approved several ballot questions, including two changes to the state’s constitution.

A trial in a Florida bankruptcy court could have implications in the campaign for Illinois governor. 

Oberweis weighs-in on ISIS

Sep 29, 2014

Illinois State Senator Jim Oberweis says the decision to pull troops out of Iraq helped allow the rise of ISIS. 

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn is dealing with a second round of federal subpoenas tied to the mismanaged Neighborhood Recovery Initiative.  IPR's Patrick Smith has more. 

Rauner attacks Quinn on veteran stance

Sep 2, 2014

Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner is going after Democratic Governor Pat Quinn's record on veterans.

Rauner: I followed law on taxes

Jul 11, 2014

Bruce Rauner, the Republican nominee for Illinois governor, says he followed the letter of the law when filing his taxes. But he won't say whether it was fair. 


Two ballot initiatives that would alter politics in Springfield are now in the hands of a Cook County judge.

Rauner accused of pay-to-play politics

Jun 6, 2014

The Republican candidate for Illinois governor is being accused of participating in pay-to-play politics.

Rauner touts Democrat supporters

Mar 20, 2014

The Republicans' nominee for governor, Bruce Rauner, announced a round of new endorsements Thursday, but not from members of his own party. 

Madigan supports Derrick Smith amid indictment

Mar 12, 2014

Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan is supporting a fellow state representative for re-election - who is also under indictment.  

Chris Christie stops in Chicago

Feb 11, 2014

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is trying to pump up Republicans who want to win the Illinois governor’s race this year.  As IPR’s Alex Keefe reports, Christie was in Chicago for fundraisers Tuesday.

Kirk, Durbin opposite on minimum wage changes

Jan 29, 2014

Illinois’ U.S. Senators are taking opposite positions on President Barack Obama’s call to raise the minimum wage in last night’s State of the Union speech.