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Wednesday, Jun 13, 2018 at 6:36 PM

Ex-Madigan Aide Releases Document on Harassment Claims

The first of three men dismissed from Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan's inner circle over harassment allegations released a 14-page document titled "The Truth" on Wednesday, addressing the claims... Read »

Wednesday, Jun 13, 2018 at 6:48 AM

Madigan Seeks Officer to Combat Sexual Harassment

Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan says he will hire a human resources director and officer for equal employment opportunity and affirmative action to combat sexual harassment. Read »

Tuesday, Jun 12, 2018 at 12:27 PM

Ex-Madigan Operative Still Wields Influence in Springfield

A lobbyist supposedly ousted from Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan's inner circle over allegations of harassment still maintains a list of more than a dozen clients four months later and has even gained a... Read »

Tuesday, Jun 12, 2018 at 6:56 AM

Congressional Republicans Oppose Blagojevich Clemency

The Republicans in Illinois' congressional delegation are asking President Trump not to grant former Gov. Rod Blagojevich clemency. Read »

Monday, Jun 11, 2018 at 10:08 PM

A Group of Republicans Push for Madigan's Resignation

A group of Republican lawmakers and candidates are calling on House Speaker Mike Madigan to resign, criticizing his leadership in the wake of recent sexual harassment allegations—just a week after Madigan fired... Read »

Saturday, Jun 9, 2018 at 6:20 PM

Rauner Signs Bill Responding to Equifax Hack

Rauner Signs Bill Responding to Equifax Hack

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed a measure that will prevent consumer reporting agencies from charging people for protecting their credit reports. Read »

Friday, Jun 8, 2018 at 6:54 PM

Trump Continues to Mull Blagojevich Commutation

President Donald Trump revealed Friday that he is looking over thousands of names of people to potentially pardon or to commute sentences for, but there’s only one name that the family of former Illinois... Read »

Friday, Jun 8, 2018 at 2:43 PM

Law Signed Expanding Independence of Ethics Complaints

Law Signed Expanding Independence of Ethics Complaints

Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed into law an overhaul in the handling of ethics complaints against Illinois legislators and staff members. Read »

Thursday, Jun 14, 2018 at 11:16 AM

Lawmakers Seek Independent Probe of Speaker Madigan's Office

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

Thursday, Jun 7, 2018 at 1:31 PM

Wife of Ex-Madigan Aide Says Mapes Covered Up Her Claims

The estranged wife of an ex-aide to Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan issued a strongly-worded reaction Thursday to the resignation of his chief of staff over harassment and cover-up allegations -... Read »

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