Illinois House ignores veto threat by passing abortion expansion

ISU retains credit rating; 6 other Ill. schools downgraded

A vote Tuesday would coincide with the Illinois Women March on Springfield.

During the debate, Democratic Majority Leader Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie of Chicago read from a statement she said Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner made during his 2014 run for governor in support of ensuring women can access abortion services regardless of income level. Hundreds of women attended the rally, which came as the Illinois House took up HB 40, a bill that would keep abortion legal in the state should Roe v. Wade be overturned and expand abortion coverage under Medicaid and state employee health plans.

A spokesman for Rauner said in a statement that the governor is committed "to protecting women's reproductive rights under current IL law", but "recognising the sharp divisions of opinion of taxpayer funding of abortion, he does not support HB 40". "It will be a clear litmus test as to who supports reproductive rights and who does not", said Illinois Rep. Michael Madigan, which might exactly be the point - a vote providing clear campaign material for 2018.

"Where should this money come from?" asked Republican Rep. Peter Breen of Lombard, who said Medicaid-funded abortions do not qualify for a federal match and would cost IL an extra $60 million a year. But Rauner has said instead we need to focus on ending the almost two year budget impasse. Illinois House Republicans unanimously voted down the bill, along with five Democrats. But abortion wasn't the only thing on people's minds.

"Illinois has been without a complete budget for almost two years now, and gone even longer without a balanced budget that actually matches spending to projected revenues", Skillicorn said. "It is essential that we unite in this effort, and I stand ready to help in any way". "And then he can campaign on some successes", Cullerton said. "This bill is out-of-touch, extreme, and bad policy for IL, and we applaud the Governor for his firm position against it".

Related news:

Hot News

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Poland supports India's bid for NSG membership, UNSC seat: VP Ansari
Apr 28, 2017 - 00:09
The two sides will explore more possibilities to strengthen their collaboration in mining, food processing and defence sectors. India sees Poland as an important emerging economic partner, not just in Europe but in the world.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Trump errs on the court system
Apr 27, 2017 - 02:21
On the judge shopping question - it is natural that many immigration cases come out of California. TRUMP: The 9th Circuit has "a bad record of being overturned (close to 80 percent)".

National monuments a 'massive federal land grab'
Apr 27, 2017 - 02:18
Roosevelt (Jackson Hole National Monument, now Grand Teton National Park); Jimmy Carter (vast lands in Alaska); and George W. But it would also anger conservationists and some Native American groups, who hold certain national monuments sacred.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Lookout for Price Target? Waters Corp. (WAT), Freeport-McMoRan Inc. (FCX)
Apr 27, 2017 - 02:14
The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this link . The nimble investor can leverage our analysis and collective expertise to execute a disciplined approach to stock selection.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Venezuela says it's renouncing membership in OAS
Apr 27, 2017 - 02:08
According to reports, almost 1,300 people have been detained in clashes since a Supreme Court ruling that stripped congress of its powers.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top New Womb-Like Device Aims to Reduce Infant Mortality
Apr 27, 2017 - 02:03
Researchers at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia are creating an artificial womb to help extremely premature babies. Nevertheless, if all goes well, the researchers hope to test the device on premature humans within three to five years.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Finebaum: Warren Sapp has 'no credibility' to criticize Myles Garrett
Apr 26, 2017 - 08:44
A consensus has existed for months that Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett will be the first overall pick in the draft. To date, Clowney has had more surgeries than successful seasons and has 10.5 sacks in three seasons.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Mayor of Memphis offers tardy slips for fans watching Grizzlies-Spurs
Apr 26, 2017 - 08:44
The Spurs beat the Grizzlies 116-103 and now hold a 3-2 lead in the best of seven series to begin the play-off campaign. Leonard wound up with 28 points on 9 of 16 shooting, while Mills went 7 for 10 and delivered 20 points.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Last-gasp Messi seals memorable 'Clasico' win for Barcelona
Apr 25, 2017 - 13:24
Barca, meanwhile, host bottom of the table Osasuna and will be ready to pounce should Madrid drop points in what has been a topsy-turvy campaign.

Months After Nomination, Sonny Perdue Confirmed As Ag Secretary
Apr 25, 2017 - 13:14
Trump has reached out to farmers on regulation, saying the government has too many rules that negatively affect farm country. Perdue's leadership is desperately needed by farmers, families and all Americans who rely on the USDA ".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Actress Erin Moran likely died from cancer-related complications
Apr 25, 2017 - 13:01
Moran joined the Happy Days cast in 1974 when she was 13, and made appearances in Murder She Wrote and The Waltons. When the shows were cancelled, she moved out of Hollywood but went on to act in minor roles throughout her life.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Cassini snaps lovely photo of Earth before final 'death dive'
Apr 25, 2017 - 12:59
The spacecraft made its 127th close brush with Titan on April 21 just a little past 11:00 p.m. The close encounter with Titan increased Cassini's velocity to about 1,925 miles per hour.

Ivanka Trump Is Getting to Work
Apr 25, 2017 - 12:55
Trump and Merkel participated in a discussion on vocational training during the German leader's March visit to the White House . He has also described Germany's migrant policy as a "catastrophic mistake" and threatened to put import tariffs on German cars.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Arkansas Asks Appeals Court to Vacate Ruling Which is Delaying Executions
Apr 25, 2017 - 12:52
Baker's ruling added to a list of roadblocks for the state, following a stay of execution of another inmate, 24 hours earlier. After receiving the drug, patients must be on a ventilator or they will suffocate because their diaphragm can not move.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Neuer to miss rest of Bayer Munich's season
Apr 24, 2017 - 05:18
The former Real Madrid manager started his speech talking about the referee: "You can't decide a semi-final spot like this". The return fixtures will be played on May 9 and May 10. "However, we did not let our heads drop and we pulled it off".