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GENERAL ASSEMBLY

Illinois House Republican Caucus Elects State Rep. Tony McCombie as Leader. The Illinois House Republican Caucus elected Tony McCombie as the House Republican Leader for the upcoming 103rd General Assembly. The vote took place on Tuesday, November 15 at an internal caucus meeting in Springfield. 

CORRUPTION & ETHICS REFORM

Former House Speaker Michael Madigan pleads not guilty to latest federal corruption charges. The Chicago politician, who was Speaker of the Illinois House and head of the Illinois Democratic Party for decades, has since been indicted by federal law enforcement. Charges against former Speaker Madigan include taking bribes and participating in federal racketeering. The charge sheet against Madigan began with allegations involving himself, his senior aides, the utility company ComEd, and the state laws that govern the consumer bills that ComEd is allowed to send out to electricity customers. The federal charge sheet has since been lengthened with additional new charges. The new charges constitute a superseding indictment, a new indictment that supplements and replaces the first one.
  
CRIME

SAFE-T Act lawsuits consolidated into Kankakee County case. More than one-half of the 102 state’s attorneys of Illinois have filed lawsuits against the pending enforcement of the Democrats’ so-called “SAFE-T Act.” The new State law, set to go into effect on January 1, 2023, will end cash bail in Illinois and will make other controversial changes to Illinois’ criminal justice system. Most law enforcement officers and prosecutors who work in the offices of the state’s attorneys oppose key elements of the SAFE-T Act. Because of overall constitutional questions concerning the policies contained in the Act, the wording of the Act, and the way the Act was drafted and passed by the General Assembly, many Illinois state’s attorneys believe the Act raises constitutional questions that block its validity and enforcement. Fifty-eight Illinois state’s attorneys, who represent more than one-half of the 102 counties of Illinois, have joined these lawsuits.

CRIME

House Republican Leader Jim Durkin responds to Pritzker’s cluelessness on SAFE-T Act changes. Governor JB Pritzker showed his ignorance on television this week where he once again refused to detail any proposed changes to the SAFE-T Act – a law that he signed and has repeatedly defended, but now admits that changes are needed. This will be the fourth trailer bill for the controversial law he enacted in 2021. 

CORRUPTION

AT&T Illinois to pay $23 million fine, admit guilt, as former president charged in Madigan corruption probe. AT&T Illinois has agreed to pay a $23 million fine for trying to illegally sway former state House Speaker Michael Madigan by steering $22,500 to a Madigan ally as key legislation moved through Springfield.

Former AT&T Illinois President Paul La Schiazza, 65, also now faces charges for conspiring to influence Madigan. 

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The ideal candidate will have a college degree in a communications-related field and have an interest in government and public policy. The role requires working directly with State Representatives and staff to create content, press releases, social posts, media materials and more. 


CRIME

Democrats’ SAFE-T Act will raise property taxes in Illinois. New concerns are being raised about the Safe-T Act and the financial costs associated with the law.

Republicans are saying those costs could lead to an increase in property taxes.

At the heart of the matter, Republicans said it is the unfunded mandates associated with the law. Costs that local police departments and courts will incur because of the law which could then fall on taxpayers.