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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.
  • Illinois could be first state to ban microbeads

    Illinois could be first state to ban microbeads
    The tiny plastic particles found in many facial cleansers and soaps promise a gentle scrubbing and luxuriously smooth skin. But those little beads of grit are also piling up in waterways, where they can suck up toxins and harm wildlife,...

    Bans on baby crib bumpers, microbeads advance at Capitol

    SPRINGFIELD --- Illinois House lawmakers today voted 64-46 to send the Senate a proposed ban on selling and leasing wraparound baby crib bumpers. Sponsoring Rep. Emily McAsey, D-Lockport, cited warnings from the Illinois attorney general’s...

    Voter protection, victim rights questions to appear on ballot

    Voter protection, victim rights questions to appear on ballot
    SPRINGFIELD --- Illinois voters this fall will get to decide a pair of constitutional amendments on ballot protections and crime victim rights. The Senate voted today to put both questions on the Nov. 4 ballot. House Speaker Michael Madigan’s...

    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...