The Illinois House will elect a new House speaker in January. While few discuss it, the primary candidate remains Mike Madigan (D-Chicago), who has held the position for 31 of his 45 years in the House.
The Illinois House failed to garner the votes needed to overturn Gov. Bruce Rauner's veto of Senate Bill 250, which would have automatically registered Illinois residents to vote when they make government transactions, such as renewing a driver's license.
The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) recently released the latest data on the state's unemployment rate and job growth, and although 2,200 new jobs were created, the unemployment rate also increased, to 5.6 percent.
The Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority released the Adult Redeploy Illinois annual report this week, saying the prison-diversion program saved taxpayers more than $75 million over the past five years.
An Illinois administrative judge ruled on Friday that negotiations between the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) and the state of Illinois have reached a partial impasse.