Springfield News

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    Illinois Republican Party Chair Don Tracy speaks at Republican Day at the Illinois State Fair in August. [Ben Szalinski/The Daily Line] 

    The search is on for the next chair of the Illinois Republican Party, who party members hope can make the party more successful in fighting to elect Republican candidates and amplifying Republican concerns about Democrat-led Illinois.  

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    Don Tracy speaks at Republican Day at the Illinois State Fair last August. [Ben Szalinski/The Daily Line]

    Illinois Republican Party Chair Don Tracy will resign next month amid internal strife on the Republican State Central Committee. 

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    Former Republican candidate for governor Darren Bailey arrives at the Illinois State Fair on a tractor in 2022. [Ben Szalinski/The Daily Line] 

    The State Board of Elections decided Tuesday that former Republican candidate for governor Darren Bailey and right-wing radio host and super PAC leader Dan Proft did not illegally coordinate during the 2022 campaign.  

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    Sen. Dave Koehler (D-Peoria) and Rep. CD Davidsmeyer (R-Murrayville) participate in Friday’s Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability hearing in Springfield. [Blue Room Stream] 

    Nine of the 12 members of the Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability (CGFA) failed to attend Friday’s hearing to vote on a recommendation to the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) plan to demolish and rebuild the Stateville and Logan prisons. 

    Though no formal recommendations have been made by state legislators charged with reviewing state facility closures, those who did participate in hearings offered specific steps IDOC should take as they consider their options for the prisons.  

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    Illinois Department of Corrections Acting Director Latoya Hughes, middle, listens to public comment at Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability hearing on Tuesday in Joliet. [Blue Room Stream]  

    The Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability (CGFA) did not voted Friday on any recommendations on the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) plans to close the Stateville and Logan prisons.  

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    House Minority Leader Tony McCombie (R-Savanna) speaks at a news conference in February. [Ben Szalinski/The Daily Line] 

    The business of the General Assembly is in the rearview mirror for 2024 and legislative leaders are laser focused on elections this November. As House Minority Leader Tony McCombie (R-Savanna) tries to dig her caucus’ way out of their super minority status, she believes voters will share her party’s concerns about the recently approved state budget.  

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    Illinois Department of Corrections Acting Director Latoya Hughes, middle, listens to public comment at Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability hearing on Tuesday in Joliet. [Blue Room Stream] 

    The Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability (CGFA) will hold a hearing on Friday to issue a recommendation about the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) plan to close Stateville prison in Crest Hill later this month and shutter the Logan women’s prison in the coming years after Stateville is rebuilt.  

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    Chicago Bears CEO Kevin Warren, right, speaks at a Lincoln Forum even at the Union League Club of Chicago on Tuesday. [FOX-32] 

    A new publicly funded stadium for the Chicago Bears was the most talked about potential piece of legislation during the Illinois General Assembly’s spring session and was also one of the most unlikely to see a vote.  

    Speaking to the Lincoln Forum in Chicago on Tuesday, Bears CEO Kevin Warren acknowledged funding priorities that Illinois elected officials have said take precedence over an NFL stadium but reiterated his commitment to forging ahead in the coming months to convince the state to give the NFL’s charter franchise money for a new home.  

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    Senate Minority Leader John Curran (R-Downers Grove). [Illinois Senate Republicans] 

    Senate Minority Leader John Curran (R-Downers Grove) believes Illinois Republicans took a “big step forward” this spring to win over voters in November as Republicans pushed to move the needle on Prisoner Review Board reform and growing dissent among Democrats over the budget.  

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    House Speaker Chris Welch (D-Hillside) speaks on the House floor in 2023. [Blue Room Stream] 

    House Democrats have generally got on board with state budget bills in recent years, but it was notable when multiple Democrats opposed this year’s budget and nearly sank a plan to increase taxes on businesses to help pay for the spending.  

    In an interview with The Daily Line last week, House Speaker Chris Welch (D-Hillside) explained he knew the vote margins on the budget would be slim and said the differences of opinion within his caucus on fiscal policy are a sign of strength.  

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