Irked Illinois governor to Speaker: End ‘political circus’

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker said taxpayers “don’t deserve a political circus” on Thursday when he gave powerful House Speaker Michael Madigan a choice: Answer questions about a federal bribery investigation which implicates him, or give up the gavel after three decades of iron-grip control.

Pritzker says Madigan should step down as party chairman

Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Thursday said that Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan should step down as chairman of the state Democratic Party, agreeing with the state’s senior U.S. senator that the longtime political powerbroker’s implication in a federal bribery investigation hurt Democrats in Tuesday’s elections.

COVID-19 crackdown now in 9 of 11 regions in Illinois

A region that encompasses central and west-central Illinois, including the capital of Springfield, became the latest Thursday to face restrictions on social interaction because of an elevated rate of positive tests for COVID-19.