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New law going into effect January 1 will require all homes in Illinois to have 10-year smoke detectors

A new state law going into effect will require smoke alarms installed in Illinois homes after January 1 to have a ten-year sealed battery, officials said. Public Act 100-0200 was passed by lawmakers in 2017 to update the Illinois Smoke Detector Act. The updates reflect “advances in technology.” Beginning January 1, any new smoke alarm […]

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State police updates ‘clear and present danger’ rules in response to Highland Park mass shooting

The Illinois State Police has broadened its “clear and present danger” rules for FOID holders and applicants in response to the Highland Park parade mass shooting. ISP adopted updates on Monday that were approved by the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR), which is a bipartisan legislative oversight committee. The update allows for broader use […]

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Only ‘technical’ fixes to SAFE-T Act expected as Illinois lawmakers close first week of veto session

(The Center Square) – Illinois state lawmakers left Springfield Wednesday without taking up changes to the no-cash bail provision of the SAFE-T Act that begins on January 1. The measure includes the Pretrial Fairness Act, which ends cash bail statewide, making Illinois the first state to do so. State Sen. Robert Peters, D-Chicago, helped usher […]

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Illinois lawmakers working on changes to SAFE-T Act as they return to Springfield for fall veto session

Lawmakers are returning to Springfield this coming week and changes are expected to be made to the controversial SAFE-T Act, which among other measures, abolishes cash bail in Illinois. The Safety, Accountability, Fairness, and Equity Today, or SAFE-T Act, was passed by the General Assembly in 2021. The criminal justice package has been criticized by […]

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Wisconsin police seek man with ties to northern Illinois who is wanted for victimizing women met online

Police in Wisconsin are searching for a man, who has ties to northern Illinois, that is wanted for financially victimizing women through dating apps, authorities said. Timothy L. Olson, 52, has an active warrant for five counts of felony personal identity theft for financial gain. The warrant stemmed from an investigation by the Mt. Pleasant, […]

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State’s attorneys ask Illinois Supreme Court to consolidate dozens of SAFE-T Act lawsuits

After over 50 state’s attorneys filed lawsuits against Illinois’ SAFE-T Act, a motion has been filed asking the Illinois Supreme Court to consider consolidating the lawsuits. The criminal justice legislation makes Illinois the first state in the country to abolish cash bail on January 1. At least 55 counties are going to court claiming the […]

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Advocate Aurora Health reports data breach that may have exposed personal data of 3 million patients

Advocate Aurora Health, which operates hospitals in Libertyville, Barrington and throughout the Chicago area, reported a data breach that may have affected three million patients. The health system released a statement and said that pieces of code called pixels, which gather user information on some of the health system’s websites or applications, shared certain patient […]

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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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Gov. JB Pritzker issues executive order recommending Illinois residents wear masks again

Governor JB Pritzker issued an executive order on Friday recommending Illinois residents, including those who are vaccinated, to wear masks in accordance with CDC guidance. Pritzker’s previous orders said that anyone who was not fully vaccinated should wear a face covering when in a public place and unable to maintain a six-foot social distance. His […]