It’s the beginning of a new era in Springfield.
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The House votes to impeach President Trump. Mike Madigan’s reign as speaker comes to an end. Plus, lawmakers pass a sweeping police reform bill.
Health experts say Biden’s American Rescue Plan offers bold national leadership for tackling the country’s public health crisis. It will likely get pared down.
The Legislative Black Caucus and the Chicago Teachers Union both scored major victories during the lame-duck session in Springfield.
The governor says he’ll activate 250 soldiers to protect the Springfield Capitol from the potential for armed violence ahead of Wednesday’s presidential inauguration.
Despite days of widespread incitement on social media in advance of the insurrection, law enforcement was unprepared and overwhelmed.
President-elect Joe Biden is proposing a $1.9 trillion plan to address the coronavirus pandemic and the resulting economic crisis.
President Donald Trump on Wednesday became the first president in U.S. history to be impeached twice.
Illinois Congressman Brad Schneider talks about the historic impeachment vote and his recent COVID-19 diagnosis.
After nearly four decades in power, recent scandals and investigations surrounding Michael Madigan left him politically vulnerable.