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Cook County Jail (Credit: CBS)

“Rocket Docket” Law Aiming To Keep Low-Level Defendants From Languishing In Jail

The 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.

08/25/2015

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Lawmakers OK Pilot Program To Replace Snow Days With Online Classes

The 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.

06/17/2015

These evidence kits were found inside the Robbins Police Department.  Some of the kits used to collect evidence after sexual assaults sat unprocessed since the 1980s.

Legislation Would Change Statute Of Limitations In Rape Cases

A bill once again before lawmakers would start the clock ticking once a rape kit is processed. CBS 2’s Dana Kozlov reports.

05/11/2015

Photo Of Marijuana Plants. (AP Photo)

Some Predict Recreational Marijuana Is Just Around The Corner For Illinois

CBS 2’s Dorothy Tucker talks with advocates and opponents of legalizing the recreational use of cannabis.

02/19/2015

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Parent Group Pushes Legislation Making It Harder To Avoid Vaccinating Kids

The outbreak of measles in the northwest suburbs is prompting a legislative response, CBS 2’s Chris Martinez reports.

02/06/2015

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn talks with CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine. (CBS)

Quinn Commutes Sentences, Signs Legislation, Names Appointees On Way Out

Democrat Pat Quinn, ousted in November, spent his final weeks slogging through clemency petitions.

01/12/2015

A woman smoking an 'Blu' e-cigarette. (Credit: JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

Indiana Lawmakers To Consider Imposing New Safeguards, Taxes On E-Cigarettes

Republican 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.

01/02/2015

Gov. Pat Quinn stands with members of the Brooks College Prep high school football team as he prepares to sign legislation requiring high school coaches to take online training on handling concussions. (Credit: Bernie Tafoya/CBS)

Quinn Signs Concussion Training Mandate For High School Coaches

Gov. Pat Quinn has signed legislation requiring high school coaches to receive training in prevention of and reaction to concussions.

08/19/2014

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

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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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