New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte stuck her neck out over the weekend, declaring her support for the immigration reform bill that will hit the floor this week. That makes her the first Republican, outside of the bipartisan Gang of Eight that drafted the bill, to endorse the measure.
Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk, where are you?
Kirk's name invariably appears on the short list of moderate Republican senators who could help provide the handful of votes necessary to defeat a filibuster. But he's still uncommitted.
Categories: National Issues
Tags: Mark Kirk, Immigration
Former White House chief of staff Bill Daley plans to announce Tuesday that he's forming an exploratory committee as he weighs a Democratic primary challenge to Gov. Pat Quinn.
The move allows Daley to start raising money and not let the summer slip away as he waits to see whether he'll get a one-on-one matchup with Quinn in March. Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan also is thinking about running for the Democratic governor nomination, but it's unclear when she'll make that decision. It's also uncertain whether Daley will stay in should Madigan join the fray.
Categories: State Issues
Tags: Governor, Bill Daley
As the list of candidates wanting to be the next governor of Illinois grows, Attorney General Lisa Madigan says she is still making up her mind about whether to enter the race.
The decision is one that will have a ripple effect on the next election cycle, and could influence whether newly-announced candidate and former White House chief of staff Bill Daley stays in the Democratic primary battle against Gov. Pat Quinn.
Madigan on Tuesday would not provide a timeline for making a decision, saying she is focused on her current post.
Gov. Pat Quinn offered a compromise suggestion today on how to break the impasse on pension reform: combine the dueling plans into one bill and let the courts sort it out.
But Speaker Michael Madigan was cool to the idea, suggesting the governor instead should focus on building support for the proposal that’s already passed the House.
"This is like a lot of things in the legislature," Madigan said. "You can make it complicated if you wish, or you can keep it simple. Let me say it again: The best pension bill that passed so far, and the one that does the most cost savings is the House bill, and that's in the Senate. And the governor ought to work to get that passed."
Tags: Gov. Quinn, Governor
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Tags: Pat McGuire