"Rocket Docket" Law Aiming To Keep Low-Level Defendants From Languishing In JailThe new law creates a special court, dubbed the “rocket docket,” for non-violent inmates charged with minor retail theft, or trespassing; many of whom now have to wait behind bars for months, because they cannot afford even a low bail.
Lawmakers OK Pilot Program To Replace Snow Days With Online ClassesThe idea is to turn snow days – or days off school due to extreme cold, or heavy snow – into so-called “e-learning days,” when school districts could provide online instruction to students.
Legislation Would Change Statute Of Limitations In Rape CasesA bill once again before lawmakers would start the clock ticking once a rape kit is processed. CBS 2's Dana Kozlov reports.
Some Predict Recreational Marijuana Is Just Around The Corner For IllinoisCBS 2's Dorothy Tucker talks with advocates and opponents of legalizing the recreational use of cannabis.
Parent Group Pushes Legislation Making It Harder To Avoid Vaccinating KidsThe outbreak of measles in the northwest suburbs is prompting a legislative response, CBS 2's Chris Martinez reports.
Quinn Commutes Sentences, Signs Legislation, Names Appointees On Way OutDemocrat Pat Quinn, ousted in November, spent his final weeks slogging through clemency petitions.
Indiana Lawmakers To Consider Imposing New Safeguards, Taxes On E-CigarettesRepublican state Rep. Ed Clere of New Albany said Friday the bill he'll sponsor is aimed at combatting the growing use of e-cigarettes among Indiana's youth.
Quinn Signs Concussion Training Mandate For High School CoachesGov. Pat Quinn has signed legislation requiring high school coaches to receive training in prevention of and reaction to concussions.
Governor Signs Anti-Bullying LegislationState Rep. Kelly Cassidy (D-Chicago) said the legislation Gov. Pat Quinn signed Thursday would require all public schools to develop and carry out an anti-bullying policy.
Quinn To Sign Law Requiring High Schools To Teach CPR, AED UseHigh school students across the state will soon learn how to perform CPR and other life-saving skills, under legislation Gov. Pat Quinn plans to sign on Thursday.
Law To Require Students To Learn CPR, Defibrillator UseThe legislation was prompted by the 2008 death of St. Charles High School student Lauren Laman during a drill team practice. Laman's parents say her life may have been saved if her teammates were properly trained to use an automatic external defibrillator, or AED.
Quinn Signs Pension Reform Plan Into LawThe overhaul, approved by the General Assembly this week after years of delay and inaction, cuts benefits for most employees and retirees. It has a June 1 effective date, but could be delayed by the legal challenges.