Five years to the day when he was sworn in to replace ousted former Governor Rod Blagojevich, incumbent Governor Pat Quinn (D) Chicago, delivered his fifth State of the State message to the Illinois General Assembly.
House Speaker Michael Madigan (D) Chicago, describes the shuttle diplomacy role he played in the final days and hours leading up to the vote in an exclusive newsmaker interview on the program.
Illinois Lawmakers approved same sex marriage during the fall veto session but may return to the Capitol after Thanksgiving if a compromise is reached on pension reform. On this edition of Illinois Lawmakers, host Jak Tichenor talks with newly-elected House Republican Leader Jim Durkin of Western Springs about his priorities after assuming the leadership of the 47-member House GOP caucus.
Illinois Lawmakers left Springfield on May 31 after passing a $35.4-billlion budget, concealed carry legislation, and expanding the state’s Medicaid system, but they’ll be back in town later this month after failing to solve the state’s nearly $100-billion public pension crisis.