Mayor Lori Lightfoot Asks Illinois House 'Why Not Wait?' To Vote On 'Deeply Flawed' Elected School Board Plan“Why not wait? If we know that the bill itself is deeply flawed, why are we rushing to ratify?” Lightfoot said.
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.”
Gov. JB Pritzker Signs Law Increasing Minimum Salary For Illinois TeachersIn an effort to address a statewide teacher shortage, Gov. JB Pritzker has signed legislation gradually raising the minimum salary for Illinois teachers to $40,000 a year.
Dealer Licensing Bill Faces Override Deadline On Gun Owner Lobby DayDemocratic Sen. Don Harmon of Oak Park ditched a Tuesday night vote and suggested he first wanted to ensure there were enough House votes to override too.
Emanuel Hands Rauner Letter Urging Governor To Sign Gun Licensing Bill; 'Where Does He Stand?'Mayor Rahm Emanuel personally delivered a letter to Gov. Bruce Rauner on Wednesday, urging him to sign legislation requiring gun dealers in Illinois to obtain state licenses, after not getting a response to an identical letter the mayor sent to the governor last week.
Urban League Calls For Lawmakers To Reject Gun Crimes LegislationThe Urban League argued increased sentences for repeat gun offenders would only put more black people in prison, and cost taxpayers millions
Chicago's Top Cop To Lobby Lawmakers On Repeat Gun Offender LawChicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson was in Springfield on Thursday to urge state lawmakers to approve tougher sentences for repeat gun offenders.
Lawmaker Proposes Law To Help Remove Pokémon Go StopsProposed legislation introduced in Springfield Wednesday would require those who manage Pokémon Go and similar games to remove stops within two days of a request, and to make it easy to do so.
Indiana Poised To Ban Abortions Due To Fetal DefectsIndiana is poised to become the second state to ban abortions sought because a fetus has a genetic abnormality such as Down syndrome under a measure headed to Gov. Mike Pence for approval.
Guardian Angels Back Proposed Ban On Posting Fight Videos OnlineThe leader of the Guardian Angels has applauded an effort in Springfield to make it a crime to film violent incidents and post the video online.
Illinois Lawmaker Wants To Ban Online Videos Of FightsRepublican Rep. Terri Bryant of Murphysboro in southern Illinois was so disturbed by the behavior of spectators who posted a Facebook video of a fight between two boys in Murphysboro that she's proposed a bill making it a crime to record fights to share online.
Advocates Want Salon Workers To Get Training In Spotting Domestic AbuseAt a City Council committee hearing Monday, prosecutors and domestic violence experts plan to campaign for hair stylists, cosmetologists, and nail technicians to go through mandatory training to spot signs of abuse, and help victims.
Dold Pushing Measure To Help Get Jobs For Welfare RecipientsU.S. Rep. Bob Dold (R-Ill.) said bipartisan legislation he has sponsored would commit $100 million in federal funding to states to subsidize the wages of TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) recipients, through programs like YCC.
State Employee Union Presses Measure To Prevent Strike, LockoutUnion-friendly Illinois Democrats say Gov. Bruce Rauner has so poisoned contract negotiations with state workers that they pushed legislation Thursday that would prohibit either a strike or the Republican governor locking workers out.
Republicans Take Turn In Battle Over Budget, ReformProposals addressing workers compensation, changes to the civil legal system and a freeze on property taxes are on the agenda Wednesday in Senate committees.