Illinois State Lawmakers Pass Legislation Aimed At Shutting Down Puppy MillsThe law would allow pet shops to sell cats and dogs only if they are obtained from animal control facilities or shelters that comply with regulations set out in the bill.
Proposed Legislation Would Prohibit Illinois Schools From Setting Rules On HairstylesThe proposed legislation would prohibit any Illinois school from applying their uniform or dress code to hairstyles “including hairstyles historically associated with race, ethnicity, or hair texture, including, but not limited to, protective hairstyles such as braids, locks, and twists.”
Illinois Democrats Release Proposed Maps For General Assembly's House, Senate Districts; Republicans Slam Maps As 'Effort To Block Fair Elections'Democrats face a June 30 deadline to enact the maps or give Republicans a 50-50 chance at drawing the new boundary lines.
'Folks Really Rely On Those Offices': Illinois Senate Takes Questions On IDES ReopeningThe Shriver Center acknowledged that communication between claimants and the agency is better, but still needs to improve dramatically, particularly for people with simple issues that take weeks for a callback.
Labor Union Says Some Problems With Illinois' Unemployment System Date Back Before Pandemic"Many of the problems claimants were experiencing during the spring and summer last year were the result of years of disinvestment in [the Illinois Department of Employment Security]," said Illinois AFL-CIO secretary-treasurer Pat Devaney.
Illinois State Lawmakers Now Eligible To Get COVID-19 VaccinesIllinois state lawmakers can now get the COVID-19 vaccine during Phase 1B of the state's inoculation plan, after Gov. JB Pritzker approved the Illinois General Assembly's request to receive the shots.
Illinois State Sen. Heather Steans, North Side Democrat, Resigning After 12 Years In OfficeState Sen. Heather Steans (D-Chicago), who was instrumental in the passage of legislation legalizing recreational marijuana and same-sex marriage in Illinois, is resigning from office at the end of the month.
Chief Of Staff For Illinois House Speaker Welch Tests Positive For COVID-19; Lawmakers And Staff Urged To Self-IsolateThe chief of staff to newly-elected Illinois House Speaker Emanuel "Chris" Welch tested positive for COVID-19 while lawmakers were in Springfield this week for the lame duck session and the inauguration of the new Illinois General Assembly.
Illinois Senate Approves Legislation That Would Expand Chicago Teachers' Bargaining Rights Amid Dispute Over CPS Reopening PlansIllinois state lawmakers have approved legislation that could throw a wrench in Chicago Public Schools’ reopening plans, lifting limits on the Chicago Teachers Union’s bargaining rights, which could force the district to negotiate with the union over the phased return to in-person classes.
Illinois State Sen. Andy Manar Resigning To Become Senior Adviser To Gov. JB PritzkerManar, who has been a lead budget negotiator for Illinois Senate Democrats and advocate for school funding reform during his eight years in office, will step down from his seat on Jan. 17.
Illinois General Assembly Cancels Veto Session Over COVID-19 ConcernsAmid a resurgence of the pandemic that has seen Illinois set new daily COVID-19 case records several times in the past few weeks, state lawmakers have canceled plans for the upcoming veto session before and after the Thanksgiving holiday.