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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 […]

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First snowflakes of season fall in Chicagoland area as ‘burst of snow’ expected Monday afternoon

The first snowflakes of the season fell Monday morning in northeast Illinois and the National Weather Service says a “burst of snow” is expected later this afternoon. The National Weather Service (NWS) issued a hazardous weather outlook for Lake and McHenry counties, including portions of North Central Illinois, Northeast Illinois and Northwest Indiana. The NWS […]

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Gov. Pritzker proclaims October 15 ‘Move Over Day’ in Illinois to raise awareness for safety of first responders

Governor JB Pritzker proclaimed today as “Move Over Day” in Illinois designed to encourage motorists to move over for emergency vehicles stopped on the side of the roadway. Pritzker issued a proclamation designating October 15 as Move Over Day. The designation aligns with Illinois’ law designed to promote safe driving behavior and encourage motorists to […]

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Gov. JB Pritzker says lawmaker’s proposed changes to Illinois SAFE-T Act is a ‘pretty good bill’

Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker praised a lawmaker’s proposed bill that aims to clarify language and improve how officials can enforce the SAFE-T Act, which ends cash bail in Illinois on January 1. Illinois State Sen. Scott Bennett, D-Champaign, introduced Senate Bill 4228 in September. The bill aims to clarify language and improve how officials can […]