Jim Durkin http://wuis.org en House Democrats Reject Gov's Budget Ultimatum http://wuis.org/post/house-democrats-reject-govs-budget-ultimatum <p>Two months after Governor Pat Quinn laid out his vision for Illinois' budget, the House of Representatives has approved a state spending plan. Quinn presented two options: make 2011's temporary tax hike permanent, or make steep cuts across government. Lawmakers considered those options and chose ... neither.</p><p>Quinn has been clear about the potential consequences of letting Illinois' income tax rate drop, as it's scheduled to do at the end of the year.</p> Wed, 28 May 2014 04:16:53 +0000 Brian Mackey 26051 at http://wuis.org House Democrats Reject Gov's Budget Ultimatum Term Limits: One Step Back, One Step Forward http://wuis.org/post/term-limits-one-step-back-one-step-forward <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Even as Democrats killed off one proposal to institute term limits in Illinois, another is moving ahead.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">First, the one that for all practical purposes is dead: it was a last minute push by Republican legislative leaders to limit the governor and other executive officers to two terms.</span></p><p>Getting rid of well-known incumbents could be a way for Republicans, who've had a hard time winning statewide office in recent years, to make inroads.</p> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 11:30:00 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 24087 at http://wuis.org Term Limits: One Step Back, One Step Forward Top Republicans Propose Term Limits For Governor, Other Executive Officers http://wuis.org/post/top-republicans-propose-term-limits-governor-other-executive-officers <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Two of Illinois' top Republicans want to limit how long someone can stay on as governor of Illinois. But they only have about two weeks to get the proposed constitutional amendment through the General Assembly.</p><p></p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 23:17:36 +0000 Hannah Meisel 23659 at http://wuis.org Top Republicans Propose Term Limits For Governor, Other Executive Officers Gov. Quinn's Budget Address Could Answer Income Tax Question http://wuis.org/post/gov-quinns-budget-address-could-answer-income-tax-question <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>In a speech that could be pivotal for both his re-election campaign and for the state's finances, Governor Pat Quinn will Wednesday present his annual budget proposal. His administration is tight-lipped about what he has in mind.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Illinois lawmakers — at least most of them — have agreed the state has about $35 billion dollars to spend next year.</span></p><p>But as House Republican Leader Jim Durkin says,</p><p>"How we distribute that money and divvy it up is a whole different analysis."</p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 15:32:10 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 21669 at http://wuis.org Gov. Quinn's Budget Address Could Answer Income Tax Question Speaker Madigan Proposes $100 Million For Obama Library http://wuis.org/post/speaker-madigan-proposes-100-million-obama-library <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The Democratic and Republican leaders of the Illinois House are taking opposing views on whether Illinois should promise taxpayer money to try and lure President Barack Obama's library and museum to Chicago.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The head of Illinois' Democratic Party, Michael Madigan, wants Illinois to spend $100 million dollars on a Presidential Library and Museum for Barack Obama.</span></p><p>It's up to Obama to choose where it'll be located.</p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 02:25:18 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 20189 at http://wuis.org Speaker Madigan Proposes $100 Million For Obama Library Madigan Proposes Corporate Tax Decrease http://wuis.org/post/madigan-proposes-corporate-tax-decrease <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>House Speaker Michael Madigan wants to cut the state's corporate tax rate in half. It's an apparent about face on tax policy that's left some Republicans scratching their heads.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Madigan says his proposal aims to create a friendlier business climate in Illinois. Corporations would pay a 3.5 percent tax, down from the current 7 percent.</span></p><p>It's a sharp turn from three years ago when Madigan pushed to increase the corporate tax rate along with the individual income tax.</p> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 20:50:37 +0000 Hannah Meisel 17979 at http://wuis.org Madigan Proposes Corporate Tax Decrease Durkin Says Job Creation Should Be Legislature's Focus http://wuis.org/post/durkin-says-job-creation-should-be-legislatures-focus <p>The Illinois House Republican leader says his top priority is legislation meant to reduce unemployment. Jim Durkin’s comments come ahead of Governor Pat Quinn’s State of the State Address Wednesday.</p><p>Illinois’ unemployment rate last month was 8.6 %. That’s down almost a full point from a year ago.&nbsp; But House minority leader Jim Durkin - from Chicago’s southwest suburbs - says it’s still too high.</p><p>"It’s clearly understandable why we have governors from our surrounding states coming into Illinois seeking to poach our good employers, our good job creators," Durkin said.</p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 22:55:25 +0000 Sean Crawford 17846 at http://wuis.org Durkin Says Job Creation Should Be Legislature's Focus Lawmakers Told To Save The Date For Return To Capitol http://wuis.org/post/lawmakers-told-save-date-return-capitol <p>A top aide to House Speaker Michael Madigan is telling Illinois lawmakers to be ready for a special session in Springfield in December.<br />&nbsp;<br />Madigan chief of staff Tim Mapes told Democrats in an email Wednesday that a ``possible'' session could begin Dec. 3. He told lawmakers to ``keep other days that week available.'' &nbsp;</p> Wed, 13 Nov 2013 22:45:51 +0000 Sean Crawford 12974 at http://wuis.org Lawmakers Told To Save The Date For Return To Capitol Durkin Picks Members of House GOP Leadership Team http://wuis.org/post/durkin-picks-members-house-gop-leadership-team <p></p><p>The new Republican leader in the Illinois House of&nbsp;Representatives has named his leadership team.</p><p>Western Springs Rep. Jim Durkin is keeping most of the assistants who reported&nbsp;to Oswego Rep. Tom Cross, who left the top position in the chamber to run for&nbsp;Illinois treasurer.</p><p>Peoria Rep. David Leitch and Westmont Rep. Patti Bellock will be the chamber&#39;s&nbsp;deputy GOP leaders.</p><p>Leitch, who is the longest-serving Republican in the chamber, held the same&nbsp;position under Cross.</p> Fri, 11 Oct 2013 16:12:25 +0000 Associated Press 10747 at http://wuis.org Durkin Picks Members of House GOP Leadership Team Durkin Doubtful Pension Changes Will Happen This Fall http://wuis.org/post/durkin-doubtful-pension-changes-will-happen-fall <p>The newest leader in state government says he doubts pension reform will become reality during the upcoming fall veto session. Republican House Minority Leader Jim Durkin says it&#39;s not right to vote for something that&#39;s close to ideal just because there is fatigue surrounding the issue.</p><p>&quot;The issue needs to be done, but we need to do it right,&quot; Durkin said. &quot;But I am not going to just wave the white flag out of expediency because people have been worn down or they&#39;re tired of the issue and want to get it off their plates.&quot;</p> Tue, 01 Oct 2013 18:43:46 +0000 Willis Kern 10045 at http://wuis.org Durkin Doubtful Pension Changes Will Happen This Fall Durkin Begins Work As Illinois House GOP Leader http://wuis.org/post/durkin-begins-work-illinois-house-gop-leader <p>State Rep. Jim Durkin is officially beginning his tenure as Republican leader in the Illinois House. &nbsp;<br>The Western Springs lawmaker was elected to the post last month but officially takes the reins Monday. &nbsp;<br>His predecessor, state Rep. Tom Cross of Oswego, stepped down to run for state treasurer. Cross held the position for a decade. &nbsp; Mon, 23 Sep 2013 19:49:18 +0000 Associated Press 9488 at http://wuis.org Durkin Begins Work As Illinois House GOP Leader Cook County's Durkin Elected House GOP Leader http://wuis.org/post/cook-countys-durkin-elected-house-gop-leader <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>In a rare turn of events, Illinois' General Assembly will have a leadership change mid-way through the two-year legislative session. It's set in motion by House Republican Leader Tom Cross's decision to step down, he's expected to soon announce a run for state treasurer. Republican members of the House met Thursday in Springfield to choose his replacement. Longtime Rep. Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs) claimed the title.</p><p></p><p>It wasn't supposed to happen so fast.</p> Fri, 30 Aug 2013 20:26:53 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 8140 at http://wuis.org Cook County's Durkin Elected House GOP Leader House Republicans Choose Durkin For Leader http://wuis.org/post/house-republicans-choose-durkin-leader <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Republican members of the Illinois House have a new leader: longtime Rep. Jim </span>Durkin<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> of suburban Western Springs. Lawmakers met in Springfield today to choose a replacement for outgoing House Minority Leader Tom Cross.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Republicans aren't just the minority party in the Illinois House. They're in the super-minority, with 47 members to Democrats' 71.&nbsp;</span>Durkin<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says he'll work to slim those margins.</span></p> Thu, 29 Aug 2013 20:51:41 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 8083 at http://wuis.org House Republicans Choose Durkin For Leader House Republicans Rushing To Fill Leader Post http://wuis.org/post/house-republicans-rushing-fill-leader-post <p>Republicans in the Illinois House will meet Thursday afternoon in Springfield to select a new leader. A letter obtained by WUIS says finding a replacement for outgoing Minority Leader Tom Cross is "of the utmost urgency."</p><p>It was less than a week ago that Minority Leader Tom Cross announced he was stepping down — he's expected to instead run for state treasurer.</p><p>Seventeen House Republicans signed a letter officially scheduling the meeting Thursday. They say there's no time to waste in electing Cross' successor.</p> Tue, 27 Aug 2013 04:16:18 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 7903 at http://wuis.org House Republicans Rushing To Fill Leader Post Republicans Lined Up For Top House Job http://wuis.org/post/illinois-republicans-lined-top-house-job <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Illinois House Republican Leader Tom Cross on&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Wednesday&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">told colleagues he would soon step down. There are a handful of lawmakers who've already set their sights on his job.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">House Republicans say Cross told them he'd resign as leader in October. He reportedly didn't say what his plans are, although it's widely rumored he intends to run for state treasurer.</span></p> Wed, 21 Aug 2013 22:04:20 +0000 Brian Mackey 7652 at http://wuis.org Republicans Lined Up For Top House Job Republicans Demand Vote On Lion-Meat Ban http://wuis.org/post/republicans-demand-vote-lion-meat-ban <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Just over two weeks remain before the Illinois General Assembly is scheduled to adjourn for the summer, on May </span>31st<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. They still have a lot to deal with in that time — like&nbsp;pensions, concealed carry, same-sex marriage, and next year's budget. But an incident&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Wednesday&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">in the Illinois House shows tempers are already starting to flare.</span></p> Thu, 16 May 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Brian Mackey 2747 at http://wuis.org Republicans Demand Vote On Lion-Meat Ban