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Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016 12:08 am

Prisoner phone law among those signed

Gov. Bruce Rauner signed a suite of bills into law this week focused on criminal justice reforms, including one which limits how much prisoners pay for phone calls.The laws come as Rauner seeks a 25-p...
Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016 12:06 am

Outside Illinois, fair business varies

 Amid an epic state budget impasse that has curtailed social services and upped the state’s backlog of unpaid bills past $8 billion, the Illinois State Fair thrives.Claiming poverty, Gov. Bruce...
Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016 12:05 am

Caregivers and state spar over program details

 A yearlong battle between the state and home care workers came to a head this month, with the state rescinding an unpopular policy and the governor vetoing a bill preserving the current programs...
Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016 12:08 am

State also loosens medical cannabis rules

 Possessing small amounts of marijuana is no longer a crime in Illinois, thanks to a new law which took effect in July.State lawmakers also recently loosened the rules governing the Illinois medi...
Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016 12:07 am

Another school funding reform group meets

 By most accounts, Aug. 3 was an auspicious day for school funding reform in Illinois. It marked the first meeting of the Illinois School Funding Reform Commission, a bipartisan group which aims...
Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016 12:07 am

Chief hopes footage offers evidence, accountability

 Body cameras aren’t a panacea, warns Springfield Police Chief Kenny Winslow. Still, he believes the cameras will reinforce the fact that his officers perform their duties well.Winslow invited...
Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016 12:06 am

Law makes local governments announce pre-retirement pay bumps

 It’s been a not-so-secret secret in Illinois for decades, and state lawmakers are trying to drag the infamous “pension spike” into the sunlight – at least among local governments.A law s...
Thursday, July 28, 2016 12:05 am

Agreement admits no wrongdoing by officers

The City of Springfield settled a lawsuit last week filed by a pregnant woman who was shocked with a stun gun by a police officer in 2013....
Thursday, July 21, 2016 12:08 am

Former alderman faces suspension

 A former Springfield alderman is facing a possible 90-day suspension from his legal practice by the Illinois Supreme Court.The case against former Ward 5 Ald. Sam Cahnman argued by the Illinois...

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