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  • Move to lower mandatory school age faces 'uphill climb'

    Move to lower mandatory school age faces 'uphill climb'
    To address a devastating pattern of elementary-grade absenteeism in Chicago Public Schools and across the state, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Gov. Pat Quinn have thrown their support behind legislation to lower Illinois' compulsory attendance age from 7 to 6 or even 5.
  • Legislator seeks truancy task force for Chicago schools

    Legislator seeks truancy task force for Chicago schools
    State Rep. Linda Chapa LaVia today introduced legislation to create a task force to "address the truancy and excessive absences epidemic" in Chicago's public elementary schools. The resolution creating the panel would have to be approved by the state...

    Durbin: Fix breakdowns that let fugitives escape justice

    Durbin: Fix breakdowns that let fugitives escape justice
    Citing an ongoing Tribune investigation, Illinois Democratic U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin on Monday urged U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to fix breakdowns in America's criminal justice system that allow growing numbers of criminal suspects to flee the country...

    State targets relatives who aid fugitives

    State targets relatives who aid fugitives
    State Sen. Ira Silverstein, D-Chicago, is pushing legislation that would make it illegal in Illinois for a fugitive's family members to harbor or aid the fleeing suspect. Illinois currently is one of 14 states that specifically exempt close relatives...

    Top officials vow new action to catch violent fugitives

    Top officials vow new action to catch violent fugitives
    At a 90-minute closed door meeting Thursday, top federal, state and local law enforcement officials laid out their plans for improving the government's faltering efforts to apprehend violent fugitives who cross U.S. borders to evade justice in Illinois....