Terry Link

graphic for the 2019 installment of the voices in the news feature
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As we close the book on 2019, we thought we’d take a few minutes to listen back to what has been a most consequential year in Illinois government and politics. From novice politicians taking power to a flood of major legislation, these are some of the voices that made news in 2019.

House Republican Leader Jim Durkin makes final remarks as the 2019 legislative session comes to a close
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A day after state Rep. Luis Arroyo was charged with bribery, his colleagues began the process to throw him out of office.

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Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker Friday signed into law a long-awaited $45 billion infrastructure plan.

Sports betting in a Nevada casino.
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Chicago, Rockford, and Southern Illinois will get the casinos they’ve been fighting to get for years.

With only three full days left in the Illinois Spring legislative session, the long-awaited gaming expansion plan is still under wraps. 

Lee Milner

Legislation allowing a major expansion of gambling in Illinois failed on Monday. It’s something lawmakers have been working on for years, as an effort to raise money for state and local governments.

Bruce Rauner
Brian Mackey / WUIS/Illinois Issues

Your favorite TV show might be interrupted with a pointed message purchased by Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner, though  the governor is refusing to say whether he's going to buy TV time to promote his agenda as he battles with the legislature's Democratic leaders.

Sen. Terry Link (D-Waukegan)
Illinois Senate

The Illinois Senate has once again approved an expansion of gambling. But it remains to be seen whether Governor Pat Quinn will go along with the plan.