The arrest caps a bizarre week that was supposed to have seen his corruption trial begin and end – until a last-minute hospitalization forced its postponement until Monday.
Stories by Hannah Meisel — Capitol News Illinois
Former Illinois Lawmaker Taken Into Custody Amid Delays to His Corruption Trial After Sudden Hospitalization
Judge declares Sam McCann out of ‘excuses’
Feb 9, 2024 | Hannah Meisel — Capitol News Illinois
Democratic Leaders in Springfield Poised to Revisit Biometric Information Privacy Act After Court Rulings
Feb 2, 2024 | Hannah Meisel — Capitol News Illinois
Democratic leaders in the legislature appear ready to revive talks to reform the state’s Biometric Information Privacy Act, or BIPA, after business groups poured cold water on the majority party’s ideas last spring.
Illinois Secretary of State Helps Launch First-of-Its-Kind State ID Program for People Leaving Cook County Jail Custody
Dec 11, 2023 | Hannah Meisel — Capitol News Illinois
Regardless of how long a detainee stays in jail, however, Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart said a state ID has consistently been at the “top of the list” of needs that those in jail reported to officials upon intake “because it unlocks everything else.”
Nov 30, 2023 | Hannah Meisel — Capitol News Illinois
The justices ruled against a pair of nurses who sued their employers over their use of fingerprint-enabled medication storage — a technology many hospitals have adopted to curb abuse or theft of certain drugs.
Illinois Supreme Court Skeptical Consolidation of 649 Municipal Police and Fire Pension Funds Hurt Retirees’ Voting Rights
Nov 22, 2023 | Hannah Meisel — Capitol News Illinois
The nearly three-dozen pensioners and 17 individual pension funds that sued have already lost twice in lower court. But their attorney was insistent the retired police and firefighters were wronged when Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed the law – passed with overwhelming bipartisan support.
Nov 13, 2023 | Hannah Meisel — Capitol News Illinois
The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation has failed to meet its goals to speed up both initial licensing and renewals in key industries as applications to the agency grew by 15% between 2019 and 2022.
J.B. Pritzker Urges Joe Biden to Intervene as ‘Untenable’ Pace of Migrants Arriving in Illinois Accelerates
Buses from Texas accelerate as Illinois counts 15,000 new arrivals in 13 months
Oct 3, 2023 | Hannah Meisel — Capitol News Illinois
Without naming GOP figures like Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, Pritzker blamed political leaders who “have shipped people to our state like cargo in a dehumanizing attempt to score political points.”
Sep 16, 2023 | Hannah Meisel — Capitol News Illinois
Illinois on Monday will become the first state to fully abolish cash bail through an act of the legislature — a major criminal justice overhaul spurred by the advocacy of a progressive faction of the Democratic Party that’s grown increasingly powerful in recent years.
Aug 16, 2023 | Hannah Meisel — Capitol News Illinois
The email was introduced as evidence in the trial of longtime Madigan chief of staff Tim Mapes, who was charged with perjury and obstruction of justice after allegedly lying to a grand jury investigating Madigan and his inner circle.
Federal Judge Temporarily Blocks Illinois Law Subjecting ‘Crisis Pregnancy Centers’ to Civil Liability
Aug 4, 2023 | Hannah Meisel — Capitol News Illinois
A new law allowing Illinoisans to sue so-called crisis pregnancy centers under the state’s Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act is on hold after a federal judge late Thursday granted a preliminary injunction against it.
Aug 1, 2023 | Hannah Meisel — Capitol News Illinois
Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced several new programs to help address the influx of out-of-state abortion seekers the state has seen in the 13 months since the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade.
Jul 28, 2023 | Hannah Meisel — Capitol News Illinois
Crisis pregnancy centers are facilities often affiliated with anti-abortion, usually religious, organizations. CPCs range from volunteer-run outfits that can’t offer much more than counseling to facilities with licensed medical professionals on staff who can perform exams.
Jul 27, 2023 | Hannah Meisel — Capitol News Illinois
Included in that sum was $6 million paid to 481 dead people and $40.5 million in unemployment checks written to incarcerated individuals. And, the audit warned, those numbers could be a significant undercount.
Jul 1, 2023 | Hannah Meisel — Capitol News Illinois
Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza is ringing in fiscal year 2024 by celebrating a record-high $1.94 billion in Illinois’ “rainy day” fund and setting her sights on doubling that figure in the next decade.
Jun 10, 2023 | Hannah Meisel — Capitol News Illinois
Link, a Vernon Hills Democrat, has spent years denying news media reports that he was the legislator-turned-cooperating witness described in charging documents made public after the arrest of ex-state Rep. Luis Arroyo in October of 2019.
As Trial Begins, Politically Connected Businessman Claims Feds Set Him Up to Bribe Illinois Legislator
Jun 7, 2023 | Hannah Meisel — Capitol News Illinois
James Weiss stands accused of bribing two Democratic lawmakers in an effort to shield his fledgling business from threatened bans at the state and local levels.