Posts tagged: General Assembly

Critics Say ‘House of Madigan’ Continues to Play by Own Rules

Written by the Chicago City Wire

Several Illinois legislators have responded to the House’s latest capitulation to longtime Speaker Mike Madigan (D-Chicago), decrying the body’s utter lack of independence or apparent motivation to value representation of home jurisdictions over the speaker’s sway.

Following the state House’s vote, Madigan’s standard menu of mandates was approved yet again as he keeps a three-fifths majority in the House. The results incited strong reactions among officials and members of both political parties.

“Good ideas that benefit real people will be buried because of Mike Madigan’s singular authority,” state Rep. Steve Reick (R-Woodstock) said, according to Capitolfax.com. Capitolfax added that a House Republican proposal fronted by Minority Leader Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs) — suggesting options to enhance transparency — was not even allotted a public hearing.

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Illinois Senate Budget Plan Includes $5 Billion in Tax Hikes, $7 Billion in Borrowing

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Written by Ted Dabrowski and John Klingner

Illinois Senate members have a drafted a new budget plan that relies on multibillion-dollar tax hikes, but little in structural spending reforms.

The plan punishes taxpayers with more than $5 billion in additional income and other taxes, borrows $7 billion from the bond market and adds casinos in Chicago – none of which provide relief to struggling Illinoisans. The plan also leaves pensions unreformed, does little to workers’ compensation costs and burdens job creators with a higher minimum wage cost.

There are limited, smaller reforms in the overall package, but nothing that slows the growth in government spending. It’s why the plan relies on massive tax hikes – even if those hikes accelerate out-migration of people and businesses. It’s a bad plan for Illinoisans.

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