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Gov. Pat Quinn prepares to sign legislation requiring Illinois schools to develop and implement anti-bullying policies. (Credit; Craig Dellimore/CBS)

Governor Signs Anti-Bullying Legislation

State 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.

06/26/2014

An automated external defibrillator device that will be installed on a Metra train. (Credit: CBS)

Quinn To Sign Law Requiring High Schools To Teach CPR, AED Use

High 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.

06/05/2014

An automated external defibrillator device that will be installed on a Metra train. (Credit: CBS)

Law To Require Students To Learn CPR, Defibrillator Use

The 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.

05/21/2014

Gov. Pat Quinn (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Quinn Signs Pension Reform Plan Into Law

The 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.

12/05/2013

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New Law Creates ‘Bring Your Parents To School Day’

“A well-rounded education starts at home, and there is no better way to kick-off the school year right than with empowered parents,” Gov. Pat Quinn said.

08/10/2013

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Governor Signs Three New Traffic Safety Laws

One law, dubbed “Kelsey’s Law,” was inspired by an accident in which Minooka teenager Kelsey Little was seriously injured when she was struck by a teen driver who was driving without a learner’s permit.

WBBM Newsradio–08/06/2013

A budtender handles marijuana at Perennial Holistic Wellness Center, a not-for-profit medical marijuana dispensary in operation since 2006, on September 7, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

Quinn Signs Medical Marijuana Legislation

Illinois has become the 20th state in the U.S. to legalize medical marijuana on Thursday, after Gov. Pat Quinn signed a measure allowing doctors to prescribe the drug to patients with a limited number of serious medical conditions.

08/01/2013

A budtender handles marijuana at Perennial Holistic Wellness Center, a not-for-profit medical marijuana dispensary in operation since 2006, on September 7, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

Group Of Illinois Doctors Backs Medical Marijuana Legislation

Illinois lawmakers could vote on legislation to legalize medical marijuana this week, and a group of 250 doctors has urged them to support the measure.

04/16/2013

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Dart Seeking Authority To Seize Guns When FOID Cards Revoked

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart said Thursday that a former top aide, now serving in the Illinois Senate, will sponsor legislation allowing police to confiscate guns from homes of people who have lost their state permit.

WBBM Newsradio–01/31/2013

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NRA Pushing Concealed Carry Measure In Springfield

In Springfield Tuesday afternoon, the first step was taken toward allowing gun owners to carry concealed weapons on the streets of Illinois.

CBS 2–01/29/2013

Illinois House Floor

Illinois House Ends Current Session With No Vote On Pension Reform

Illinois lawmakers abruptly adjourned a lame-duck legislative session Tuesday without agreement on how to fix the nation’s most dire pension crisis, declining even to vote on the governor’s last-ditch effort to let an independent commission sort out the $96 billion mess.

01/08/2013

Gov. Pat Quinn (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

Quinn Addresses Muslims, Signs Law To Aid Students

Gov. Pat Quinn is calling for respect and tolerance of religious differences as Muslims mark the end of the holy month of Ramadan.

08/19/2012

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12-Year-Old Girl Urges Quinn To Toss Out Plastic Bag Legislation

A 12-year-old from Grayslake has made a personal appeal to Gov. Pat Quinn to veto legislation that would prevent communities like hers from banning retailers from using plastic shopping bags.

CBS Chicago–07/03/2012

Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez and Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy urge Gov. Pat Quinn to sign the "Street Gang RICO" Law, which would allow state prosecutors to go after street gang leaders, much like federal prosecutors use federal RICO laws to target mobsters. (Credit: CBS)

Alvarez, McCarthy Urge Quinn To Sign New ‘Street Gang RICO’ Law

Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez and Police Supt. Garry McCarthy are urging Gov. Pat Quinn to quickly sign legislation considered to be a powerful new tool for law enforcement agencies to target gangs in Illinois.

CBS Chicago–06/06/2012

Two students fight when one is accused of bullying the other. (Credit: CBS)

Lawmaker: Rejection Of Anti-Bullying Bill Is ‘Disgusting’

An Illinois lawmaker called the state’s rejection of an anti-bullying ordinance “disgusting.” The bill was voted down after some conservative lawmakers expressed concern that it might be used to promote acceptance of homosexuality.

CBS Chicago–05/23/2012

Gov. Pat Quinn speaks to the City Club of Chicago. (Credit: CBS)

Quinn Wants ‘Epic’ End To Legislative Session

Lawmakers have less than two weeks before their scheduled adjournment, and the governor wants to make sure they’re on the right track.

WBBM Newsradio–05/22/2012

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Lawmakers Push For Background Checks For Online Daters

Illinois lawmakers are pushing for criminal background checks for online daters.

CBS Chicago–03/29/2012

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Bill Would Allow Culinary Students Under 21 To Taste Alcohol

A piece of legislation approved by an Illinois State Senate committee would allow Illinois students to take a sip of alcohol – provided that they don’t swallow it.

CBS Chicago–03/28/2012

Illinois State Capitol

Bill Would Ban State Universities From Using Executive Headhunters

A bill that has passed the Illinois House would bar state universities hiring executive headhunters.

CBS Chicago–03/26/2012

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Lawmaker: Men Who Want Viagra Should Have To Watch Graphic ‘Side-Effects’ Video

The proposal is one female legislator’s reaction to legislation that would encourage women to get an ultrasound before ending a pregnancy.

03/02/2012

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