Darin LaHood http://wuis.org en Republicans Decry Democratic "Playbook," Call For End Of Lame Duck Tax Decisions http://wuis.org/post/republicans-decry-democratic-playbook-call-end-lame-duck-tax-decisions <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The budget being expected to be pushed through the General Assembly Friday does not count on extending the 2011 income tax hike. But Republicans say they can "see through" the Democrats' plan to revisit the income tax after the November election.</p><p></p> Fri, 30 May 2014 17:01:20 +0000 Hannah Meisel 26260 at http://wuis.org Republicans Decry Democratic "Playbook," Call For End Of Lame Duck Tax Decisions Reagan Statue Requested At Statehouse http://wuis.org/post/reagan-statue-requested-statehouse <p>A state senator is spearheading an effort to get a statue of Ronald Reagan built at the Illinois Capitol. Darin LaHood of Dunlap, a Republican, is among those who have sent a letter to the Architect of the Capitol requesting a Reagan memorial.</p><p>LaHood says it coincides with the 10th Anniversary of President Reagan’s death on June 5.</p> Wed, 28 May 2014 19:20:54 +0000 Denise Molina 26095 at http://wuis.org Reagan Statue Requested At Statehouse Legislators Vote Against Capping Their Careers http://wuis.org/post/legislators-vote-against-capping-their-careers <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Voters may still get the chance to decide if they want to limit how long legislators can serve ... but no thanks to legislators themselves.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Although elections have been compared to popularity contests, as a whole, "politicians" aren't all that popular.</span></p><p>Which may be way polls show voters find the idea of term limits so appealing.</p><p>Unless, of course, you're a legislator.</p><p>Senator Darin LaHood, a Republican from Peoria, nonetheless introduced a term limits plan.</p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 11:35:00 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 22446 at http://wuis.org Legislators Vote Against Capping Their Careers New Law Recruits Casinos To Assist With Child Support Collection http://wuis.org/post/new-law-recruits-casinos-assist-child-support-collection <p>Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation that lets casinos and race tracks garnish gambling winnings from parents who owe back child support.<br>&nbsp;<br>The new law that was signed Monday takes effect immediately. It's aimed at chipping away at the state's nearly $3 billion backlog in unpaid child support.<br>&nbsp;<br>The Springfield bureau of <a href="http://bit.ly/167lzRU">Lee Enterprises newspapers reports</a> the money would be turned over to the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services. From there, it'd be distributed to parents.<br>&nbsp; Tue, 13 Aug 2013 13:48:16 +0000 Associated Press 7206 at http://wuis.org