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  • State, local efforts combine to prevent school violence

    State, local efforts combine to prevent school violence
    As local school districts and public-safety officials move onward with initiatives to prevent violence from reaching classrooms, state lawmakers have announced plans to work with mental health professionals to help children with mental illness in the hopes of preventing school shootings.
  • Illinois lawmakers form school shootings task force

    A task force of Illinois lawmakers looking at ways to prevent school shootings by helping mentally ill children before they lash out violently met for the first time Monday. During a meeting in which educators, police, mental health professionals and...

    Rauner sworn in as governor, says business as usual would be 'morally corrupt'

    Rauner sworn in as governor, says business as usual would be 'morally corrupt'
    Bruce Rauner took over as Illinois governor Monday and asked for shared sacrifice to help him restore a state he described as in decline, beset by financial, moral and ethical crises. The first Republican chief executive in a dozen years laid out what...

    Illinois lawmakers quickly approve special comptroller election in 2016

    Illinois lawmakers quickly approve special comptroller election in 2016
    Democrats gave speedy approval Thursday to a measure that would require a special election to fill part of the term left vacant after the death of Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka, as Republicans railed against the move as a power grab aimed at undermining...

    Former Park Ridge Rep. Rosemary Mulligan dies

    Former Park Ridge Rep. Rosemary Mulligan dies
    The brother of former state lawmaker Rosemary Mulligan says she has died after her health suffered in recent months. Stephen Granzyk (Gran-SIC') says the 73-year-old Republican died Tuesday, months after moving into a retirement community in Des Plaines....