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Editorial Roundup: Illinois

Jun. 06, 2023 07:17 AM EDT

Chicago Sun-Times. May 31, 2023. Editorial: Last-minute power grid bill is bad for Illinois transition to renewable energy If enacted, the law would put the downstate utility Ameren in charge of new regional power lines crossing its territory, possibly including those...

Editorial Roundup: Illinois

May. 30, 2023 07:17 AM EDT

Arlington Heights Daily Herald. May 26, 2023. Editorial: Illinois taking baby steps to eliminate plastic pollution Baby steps are to be celebrated. At least they mark some sort of forward momentum. But in the case of efforts to remove polystyrene food containers from...

Gov Pritzker, Illinois legislative leaders announce agreement on state budget

May. 24, 2023 19:07 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. JB Pritzker and fellow Democrats leading the state General Assembly announced Wednesday that they had reached an agreement on a budget for the Illinois fiscal year that begins July 1. Pritzker, Senate President Don Harmon and House Speaker Emanuel...

Illinois Catholic clergy abuse report could draw lawsuits, reforms but new charges unlikely

May. 24, 2023 17:56 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois' attorney general has ended a five-year investigation into sexual abuse of children by Catholic clergy in the state, releasing a nearly 700-page report that revealed the problem was far worse than the church acknowledged in 2018 at the start of the state's review. ...

Meet the influential new player on transgender health bills

May. 20, 2023 18:08 PM EDT

Do No Harm, a nonprofit that launched last year to oppose diversity initiatives in medicine, has evolved into a significant leader in statehouses seeking to ban gender-affirming care for transgender youths, producing model legislation that an Associated Press analysis found has been used in at...

Firearms industry could face more legal risk under bill approved by Illinois lawmakers

May. 18, 2023 18:19 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The firearms industry, including gun sellers, could be sued for alleged violations of Illinois law including marketing to young people under legislation Illinois state senators approved Thursday. The House previously approved the bill and it now goes to Gov. J.B....

Editorial Roundup: Wisconsin

May. 17, 2023 13:54 PM EDT

Eau Claire Leader-Telegram. May 14, 2023. Editorial: A bill worth watching There’s an interesting discussion taking place in Wisconsin’s southern neighbor. The Illinois Legislature is considering a bill aimed at protecting children on social media. ...

Supreme Court lets Illinois keep ban on sale of some semiautomatic guns for now

May. 17, 2023 12:27 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court said Wednesday that Illinois can, for now, keep in place a new law that bars the sale of certain semiautomatic guns and large-capacity magazines. The high court denied an emergency request from people challenging the law, which bans so-called...

Supreme Court won't put Illinois gun law on hold while court challenge continues

May. 17, 2023 11:09 AM EDT
WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court won't put Illinois gun law on hold while court challenge continues.

Girl allegedly abducted by mother without custody found safe in North Carolina

May. 16, 2023 20:22 PM EDT

ST. CHARLES, Ill. (AP) — A girl who was allegedly abducted by her mother in suburban Chicago nearly six years ago has been found safe hundreds of miles away in North Carolina after she was spotted at a business, authorities said. Officers found a woman and a minor child at the...