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Lawmaker fighting to stop Melrose Park hospital from closing Lawmaker fighting to stop Melrose Park hospital from closing

Lawmaker fighting to stop Melrose Park hospital from closing

Gov. J.B. Pritzker could soon have authority to decide whether Illinois hospitals must stay open.

Legislation passed Wednesday in the House on a 69-35 vote that would give the governor that ability. House Bill 123, sponsored by Addison Democrat Kathleen Willis, is in response to an ongoing situation at Westlake Hospital in the western Chicago suburb of Melrose Park.

Graduated tax amendment clears Senate committee Graduated tax amendment clears Senate committee

Graduated tax amendment clears Senate committee

A constitutional amendment which would allow the state to adopt a graduated income tax is on its way to the full state Senate after clearing committee on party lines Wednesday. The measure, SJRCA 1, would give the Legislature the authority to tax higher margins of income at higher rates. If three-fifths of each the Illinois House and Senate vote to put the question on the ballot, voters...
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