The Latest: Illinois House OKs plan to abolish Tollway board

Published 01-08-2019

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The Latest on action in the Illinois General Assembly (all times local):

11 a.m.

The Illinois House has approved a measure that would allow the incoming governor to replace the members of the Illinois Tollway board.

The House voted 100-6 Tuesday to allow Democratic Gov.-elect J.B. Pritzker to abolish the terms of the board that oversees 294 miles (473 kilometers) of tolled interstate highway in northeastern Illinois. News reports have detailed questionable spending and contracting in the past 18 months by the board.

Critics complained that replacing the board would delay the Tollway's construction work scheduled for this spring. Wheaton Republican Rep. Jeanne Ives called the legislation a political ploy because a majority of board members' terms will expire by May.

The legislation is sponsored by Chicago Democratic Rep. Christian Mitchell. Mitchell will be deputy governor under Pritzker after Pritzker is inaugurated Monday.

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The bill is SB1298 .

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4:50 a.m.

Illinois lawmakers convene Tuesday for the final full day of the 100th General Assembly.

The House will likely take up legislation requested by Gov.-elect J.B. Pritzker. The Democrat won't be inaugurated until Monday but he is seeking a change in state law to boost salaries of cabinet officials by 15 percent . He says he is having trouble recruiting talented professionals.

The salaries would affect the transportation secretary, the prison-system director, the chief of the state police and

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The bill is SB1298 .

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4:50 a.m.

Illinois lawmakers convene Tuesday for the final full day of the 100th General Assembly.

The House will likely take up legislation requested by Gov.-elect J.B. Pritzker. The Democrat won't be inaugurated until Monday but he is seeking a change in state law to boost salaries of cabinet officials by 15 percent . He says he is having trouble recruiting talented professionals.

The salaries would affect the transportation secretary, the prison-system director, the chief of the state police and others. It would affect 49 positions. Current salaries range from $104,000 for the head of the Illinois Power Agency to $150,000 for the Transportation and Corrections departments.

Another House measure would allow Pritzker to abolish the terms of Illinois Tollway board members and appoint replacements because of questionable spending by the current board.

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4:50 a.m.

Illinois lawmakers convene Tuesday for the final full day of the 100th General Assembly.

The House will likely take up legislation requested by Gov.-elect J.B. Pritzker. The Democrat won't be inaugurated until Monday but he is seeking a change in state law to boost salaries of cabinet officials by 15 percent . He says he is having trouble recruiting talented professionals.

The salaries would affect the transportation secretary, the prison-system director, the chief of the state police and others. It would affect 49 positions. Current salaries range from $104,000 for the head of the Illinois Power Agency to $150,000 for the Transportation and Corrections departments.

Another House measure would allow Pritzker to abolish the terms of Illinois Tollway board members and appoint replacements because of questionable spending by the current board.

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