FILE – This Jan. 14, 2015 file photo shows the the Senate chamber at the State Capitol, in Springfield Ill. t was a big year in the Illinois statehouse with lawmakers ending an historic budget impasse and approving an income tax hike, overhauling how public schools get funding and allowing automatic voter registration. Now, a fresh set of 215 laws takes effect Jan. 1, 2018. The laws cover numerous topics, including the expansion of taxpayer-funded abortions, celebrating Barack Obama’s presidency, allowing tax credits for private school scholarships, criminal justice reforms and a circus-related ban. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman File)
Multiple state officials want a former Quincy lawmaker investigated for an alleged rape cover-up. Officials say Mike McClain wrote an email in 2012 to then-Governor Quinn’s former Legislative Affairs Liaison Gary Hannig asking for leniency for Quincy resident Forrest Ashby. McClain wrote that Ashby had “kept his mouth shut” on several issues including a rape in Champaign. House Republican leader Jim Durkin said yesterday that there needs to be accountability for what happened. McClain is a longtime lobbyist and confidant of Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan.