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State Senator Bill Brady

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State Sen. Bill Brady said Thursday’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling on gerrymandering makes it even more important for Illinois lawmakers to put a nonpartisan map-drawing referendum on the ballot.

One of Illinois' top Republicans declined on Tuesday to say how much money he has made off his business relationship with a video gambling company that's licensed by the state.

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State Sen. Bill Brady of Bloomington has financial ties to the company that operates half the video gambling terminals in Bloomington-Normal.

Video Gambling Tax Hike Will Be Decided By Lawmakers With Financial Ties To Industry

May 28, 2019
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With the Illinois General Assembly poised to consider a tax hike on video gambling, some key lawmakers and their family members have developed previously undisclosed financial connections to the industry, meaning the fate of any proposal could lie in part on votes of legislators with a stake in the outcome.

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The Illinois Senate on Wednesday approved a graduated income-tax structure that charges a rate of 7.99 percent for the most affluent residents.

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Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Thursday hailed the state Senate's approval of an increase in the minimum wage to $15.

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Illinois Senate Minority Leader Bill Brady said sees several areas where his Republican caucus can work with Democratic Gov.-elect JB Pritzker, including on infrastructure.

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Gov. Bruce Rauner said Tuesday Democrats are moving too slowly on budget negotiations.

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Illinois has taken a step toward becoming the 37th state to ratify the 1972 federal Equal Rights Amendment.

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Local lawmakers met with the Bloomington City Council on Monday to discuss ways to fund future infrastructure projects and other priorities.

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Gov. Bruce Rauner toured the Destihl Brewery in Normal on Saturday before taking questions inside the seven-month-old facility.

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Gov. Bruce Rauner says bipartisanship is needed to move the state forward. But a lack of trust in the shadow of an election year and the governor's own remarks make that less likely to happen.

Senator Jason Barickman on the Senate floor.
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The Illinois Senate has approved a new system for funding schools that will reduce large disparities between wealthy and poor districts.

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The lawmaker responsible for the school funding plan endorsed by the Senate over Gov. Bruce Rauner's veto said Sunday that the House should vote to override too.

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Central Illinois lawmakers are viewing the newly passed budget as a temporary solution to the state's long-term issues.

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The speaker of the Illinois House has scheduled a vote for Thursday to override the governor's veto of the budget package.

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Republicans in the Illinois Senate have elected Sen. Bill Brady to serve as the chamber's minority leader.  

The Republican from Bloomington was selected Friday to replace GOP leader Sen. Christine Radogno, who announced Thursday she was stepping down. 

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A group of Normal Community High School students has tried their hands at breaking the budget deadlock.

A group led by Social Studies teacher Patrick Lawler drove to Springfield to meet with General Assembly members.

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President Donald Trump continues to roll out changes and initiatives that indicate a starkly different direction than under the Obama administration.

For instance, his nominee for education Secretary is a firm backer of school vouchers.

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Members of the Illinois Senate spent hours Tuesday considering a deal meant to end Illinois' 18-month budget standoff.

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Illinois House GOP Leader Jim Durkin has picked State Representative Dan Brady of Normal for his leadership team.

Brady will serve as Deputy Leader in the Republican Caucus this year and next.

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State Senator Bill Brady, (R) Bloomington, is now on a higher rung of Senate leadership.

Minority Leader Christine Radogno has picked Brady as Deputy Leader, his first time in that role.

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Seven months into the year without an Illinois state budget, there's no sign things are changing. But, State Senator Bill Brady of Bloomington says in this conversation with Charlie Schlenker that after a year in office Brady's fellow Republican, Governor Bruce Rauner has taken the right course.

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One of the many painful parts of the state budget deadlock has been the uncertainty over state support for low income people attending college, so called MAP funding. Universities have floated that commitment so far.  It's unclear whether that continue. Some colleges and universities have said it cannot.