The U.S. Senate is expected to vote later this afternoon on a series
of gun amendments to the gun control package the chamber has been
considering, including expanding background checks as part of a compromise
agreement reached last week by Sens. Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia) and Patrick J. Toomey (R-Pennsylvania).
Campaign finance reports filed with the state Elections Board show that Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, a potential Democratic
gubernatorial candidate for the state, raised more than $800,000 in political funds in
the first three months of the year.
Mike Schrimpf, communications director of the Washington, D.C.-based Republican Governors Association, announced he would work with possible Illinois GOP gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner, who formed an exploratory committee last month.