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Bipartisan legislative panel objects to continued COVID-19 emergency rules filed by Illinois Department of Public Health

(The Center Square) – A bipartisan panel of Illinois lawmakers on Tuesday objected to continued emergency rules filed by the Illinois Department of Public Health, with one member saying, “the pandemic is over.” Earlier this month, Gov. J.B. Pritzker issued another consecutive disaster proclamation for Illinois. With the proclamation, modified executive orders do away with […]

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Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker suggests SAFE-T Act changes could be needed

(The Center Square) – Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Thursday suggested that changes could be necessary to clarify some of the language in the SAFE-T Act, which will make Illinois the first state to eliminate cash bail. The SAFE-T Act, also known as HB 3653, changes use-of-force guidelines, requires body cameras for every police department in […]

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Gov. JB Pritzker announces $34 billion in funds for roads, bridges and transit in Illinois

(The Center Square) – Gov. JB Pritzker announced the next phase of “Rebuild Illinois,” which includes over $34 billion in funding for road, bridge and transit projects in the state. Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Transportation held a press conference last week to announce the latest multi-year plan with many kinds of projects around […]

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Gov. Pritzker defends end to cash bail in Illinois despite law enforcement criticisms

(The Center Square) – Gov. J.B. Pritzker is defending the SAFE-T Act as law enforcement statewide criticizes the new law and says that it will make Illinois less safe when it goes into effect on January 1. The Safety, Accountability, Fairness and Equity-Today Act, or SAFE-T Act, abolishes cash bail beginning in January 2023, overhauls […]

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Gov. Pritzker signs bill giving Waukegan, other Illinois cities funding for police co-responder program

The governor on Tuesday signed a bill into law that will require social workers and police officers in Waukegan and other Illinois cities to work together when responding to 911 calls. House Bill 4736 creates the Co-Responders Pilot Program to have police in certain parts of the state begin a joint effort with multiple social […]

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Waukegan among big Illinois cities set to receive funding for police co-responder program

(The Center Square) – A pilot program could start soon that will require social workers and police officers in Waukegan and other Illinois cities to work together when responding to a 911 call. House Bill 4736 creates the Co-Responders Pilot Program to have police in certain parts of the state begin a joint effort with […]

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Governor signs bill that will require Illinois schools to report teacher sexual misconduct to board, parents

(The Center Square) – A bill signed into law will soon require Illinois school superintendents to notify school boards and parents of sexual misconduct that happens in their districts. House Bill 4316 was signed by Gov. J.B. Pritzker after passing the Illinois legislature unanimously. Supporters of the measure say it is a follow-up bill to […]

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Legislation classifying dispatchers as first responders clears legislature in Illinois

(The Center Square) – A bill that would give Illinois emergency dispatchers more benefits and officially classify the profession as first responders could soon be sent to the governor. Senate Bill 3127 was filed by state Sen. Neil Anderson and provides that emergency dispatchers are now COVID-19 first responders. If signed by Gov. J.B. Pritzker, […]