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The first African-American justice to serve on the Illinois Supreme Court is retiring.

Illinois courts are considering if a state law that allows judges to limit teen defendants' social media postings unfairly restricts defendants' First Amendment freedoms.

A change in Illinois law aims to improve how police respond to sexual assault allegations by requiring officers undergo new training to improve sensitivity toward victims and learn about trauma.

Peoria Public Schools has purchased stun guns for its security officers, who have been trained and certified to use them.

The Illinois State Board of Elections will hold public hearings on the state's automatic voter registration system before it takes effect this summer. 

A suburban gun range in Illinois that's offering free concealed carry classes for teachers says training slots are filling up quickly.

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It's an alleged bid to harness the luck of the Irish or, at least, the luck of an Irish name.

A watchdog says a Chicago-area lawyer changed his name to sound Irish to improve his odds of winning election as a Cook County judge, from Phillip Spiwak to Shannon P. O'Malley, after losing a 2010 race in a neighboring county.

The Illinois Civil Justice League is releasing its judicial candidate ratings Monday, citing O'Malley's name change for giving him a "not-recommended" rating.

State officials are challenging one million Illinois motorists to slow down and make room when they see a vehicle on the side of the road with hazard lights on.

Lawsuit: State Withheld Medical Services to Children

Jan 18, 2018

A lawsuit against Illinois’ Department of Healthcare and Family Services claims the state illegally withholds medically necessary services from children with severe mental health disorders. The case was settled in federal court this week.

While a new Illinois law allows for easier voter registration, potential voters should still double-check their status. 

A Christian advocacy group has filed a federal complaint over an Illinois law requiring health care providers to discuss abortion with pregnant women.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed into law two measures that address sexual harassment in the Illinois state Capitol. 

Illinois state Treasurer Michael Frerichs has won approval of a law making it easier for survivors of deceased family members to claim life insurance benefits. 

The Illinois Supreme Court has ruled that a female teen charged with fatally shooting a 14-year-old girl in 2014 isn't entitled by law to a jury trial in juvenile court.

Illinois counties are preparing to meet the requirements of a bail reform law taking effect next year.

Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed a new Illinois law that will let adults earn high school diplomas instead of general-education certificates.

Chicago Public Schools officials are promising that school will open on time regardless of whether a critical funding law is enacted. 

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CHICAGO (AP) - Illinois judges will undergo training to be able to present school programs that offer a positive image of the judiciary. 

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A new survey argues criminals should get rehabilitation rather than punishment. The recommendation comes straight from crime victims themselves.

The study says one in three Illinoisans have been a victim of crime in the last decade. More likely to be victimized are people who are younger and lower-income, as well as blacks, Latinos and residents of Chicago.

Lenore Anderson is president of the Alliance for Safety and Justice, which commissioned the survey. She says contrary to the conventional wisdom, a majority of victims do not support long prison sentences.

Activist Turned Attorney Observes RNC Protests

Jul 21, 2016
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Republicans have been in Cleveland this week for their national convention. And so have protesters. Those activists are kept away from the arena where the convention is happening. They’ve been gathering in a public square a couple blocks away. That’s where Chicagoan Jerry Boyle has also spent the week, not to take part in the protests, but to watch them. Illinois Public Radio’s Tony Arnold reports.

 

Illinois' governor today used his executive authority to centralize, and potentially speed up an administrative process that's in play when a doctor misbehaves, a welfare recipient has a problem with benefits, or an employee alleges discrimination. 

Illinois will begin putting ignition locking devices on the vehicles of drivers with two or more drunken driving convictions.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner wants to repeal a law passed last fall that cut the size of juries in civil cases from 12 to six but also increased juror pay. 

Rauner criticizes Indiana law

Apr 1, 2015

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner says the state’s anti-discrimination laws strike the right balance.  That comes as Indiana lawmakers are reportedly trying to ease concerns that a new law would allow discrimination against gays and lesbians.  

A lawmaker wants to help make students aware of the consequences of using their cell phones to send nude pictures which can sometimes result in a felony offense.

Gun law issue resurfaces in Springfield

Jan 8, 2015

A controversial idea to toughen gun sentences is being revisited in Springfield.

Governor Pat Quinn has signed new eavesdropping restrictions for Illinois after the old law was declared unconstitutional by the Illinois Supreme Court. 

Illinois to see new ‘Sign and Drive ‘ law

Dec 31, 2014

Most drivers in Illinois will get to keep their driver’s licenses after being cited for certain traffic offenses. The “Sign and Drive” law goes into effect January 1st.

Taking a bad breakup to the Internet could result in a felony conviction. Gov. Pat Quinn Mon., Dec. 29 signed a law intended to protect against so-called "revenge porn."

Illinois already makes it illegal to distribute explicit sexual images or videos taken without permission, but Sen. Michael Hastings, a Democrat from Tinley Park, says there was a loophole for photos or videos that were taken with consent -- say by romantic partner -- then later publicly distributed without permission.

State approves OSF, Mendota hospital affiliation

Nov 12, 2014

A state review board approved an affiliation agreement between Mendota Community Hospital and OSF Healthcare System. The Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board gave its official nod to the deal Wednesday. Mendota opened a new 25-bed critical access hospital in 2011. The complex includes a medical office building. The hospital has 12 staff physicians and 15 ER contract doctors. By comparison OSF employs more than 670 doctors with various specialties and another 300 advanced practitioners who are part of the OSF Medical Group.   

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