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  • Angry lawmakers vow action on problems with residential care for troubled youths

    Angry lawmakers vow action on problems with residential care for troubled youths
    Public officials on Friday reacted angrily to an ongoing Tribune investigation that found juvenile state wards were assaulted and sexually abused at government-funded residential treatment centers throughout Illinois.
  • Emanuel makes late push to raise 911 fees paid by those own landlines, cell phones

    Emanuel makes late push to raise 911 fees paid by those own landlines, cell phones
    SPRINGFIELD — Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s plan to raise city 911 fees on nearly everyone who owns a phone in Chicago began working its way through the legislature Thursday, while Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle’s proposal to...

    State Senate approves ERA years after 1982 deadline

    State Senate approves ERA years after 1982 deadline
    SPRINGFIELD—The Illinois Senate approved the Equal Rights Amendment with Democratic support today, but Republican women lined up to condemn the effort as a symbolic gesture that’s decades late and a political ploy that distracts from the...

    Ratify the ERA more than 30 years past the deadline? Heck, yes! Why not?

     
    In December 1972, the Tribune urged the General Assembly to ratify the proposed federal Equal Rights Amendment with an editorial headlined, “Give the ladies what they want.” The wording was a play on the unofficial founding motto of Marshall...

    Illinois legislator wants state to revisit Equal Rights Amendment

    Illinois legislator wants state to revisit Equal Rights Amendment
    More than 40 years after the Equal Rights Amendment was first passed by the U.S. Congress, an Illinois state senator is taking another crack at getting her colleagues in Springfield to adopt the provision that would enshrine in the U.S. Constitution the...