Policing, body camera bill hailed as national blueprint

By   /  August 14, 2015  /  Illinois  /  No Comments

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From a professional police officer’s point of view, Illinois new legislation to improve policing and strengthen community trust is a win, said Rep. John Cabello.

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Governor seeks changes to pot bill

By   /  August 14, 2015  /  Illinois  /  No Comments

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By Mark Fitton | Illinois News Network
SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Bruce Rauner wants House Bill 218 rolled a little differently before he’ll sign it into law.
The Winnetka Republican used his veto pen Friday to seek changes to the bill, which currently would put possession of small amounts of marijuana on par with a traffic offense.
The bill, sponsored […]

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After bruising debate, spending bill passes easily

By   /  August 13, 2015  /  Illinois  /  No Comments

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By Mark Fitton | Illinois News Network
SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois House on Wednesday ultimately gave Gov. Bruce Rauner the “clean” spending bill he asked for, but only after a bruising debate.

In the end, a bill to OK the state’s spending about $5.2 billion in federal funds on human services, as well as $166 million in state money […]

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Rauner, Madigan scrapping again

By   /  August 12, 2015  /  Illinois  /  No Comments

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Rauner likes the legislation the way the Senate passed it. He says it’s a “clean” bill that would not affect the state’s budget deficit because the funds in question are federal.

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Rauner team objects to chancellor’s parachute

By   /  August 12, 2015  /  Illinois  /  No Comments

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By Mark Fitton | Illinois News Network
SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration is asking University of Illinois trustees to scrap a resignation agreement that includes a $400,000 bonus for Chancellor Phyllis Wise, who announced her resignation Thursday.
According to her contract, Wise is to receive a one-year sabbatical and then join the faculty in the School of […]

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Court to hear arguments on one budget cutback

By   /  August 10, 2015  /  Illinois  /  No Comments

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By Mark Fitton | Illinois News Network

SPRINGFIELD — Lawyers for the developmentally disabled, care providers and the state are to to meet in federal court Tuesday morning over whether the state is meeting its obligations under consent decree rising from a 2005 lawsuit.
Advocates including Equip for Equality and the American Civil Liberties Union on Aug. 6 […]

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