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Lawmakers Propose Giving Terminally Ill "Right To Try" Experimental Drugs

CHICAGO (CBS) – A conservative Republican lawmaker from Wheaton has teamed up with a liberal Democrat from Chicago in an effort to make Illinois a “right to try” state. 273 more words

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Police Reform Bills Spurred By Recent Deaths, Racial Unrest

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Recent police-caused deaths in Ferguson, Missouri, and New York City and an ongoing concern about racial sensitivity is behind a set of police reform bills sponsored by Illinois Democrats, who say measured steps are needed to address the underlying issues. 602 more words

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Rauner Previews 1st-Year Priorities: Cut Taxes, Medicaid

CHICAGO (AP) – Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner on Thursday began laying out priorities for his first year in office, saying property taxes and workers’ compensation costs are too high, Medicaid spending is unsustainable and state workers’ salaries and benefits are too generous. 519 more words

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Celebrations Begin Ahead Of Rauner Inauguration

CHICAGO (CBS) – Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner’s inauguration festivities kicked off Sunday night, with a Springfield dinner in his honor.

“Let’s celebrate tonight,” Rauner told nearly 800 guests at the $1,000-a-plate dinner at the Illinois State Capitol rotunda. 410 more words

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Lawmakers Probe Illinois Youth Centers In Wake Of Newspaper Series

CHICAGO (CBS) – The head of the agency that oversees children who are wards of the state told state lawmakers Wednesday that a revolving door at the top is partly to blame for abuses that have plagued the department for decades. 295 more words

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Governor Signs Law To Help Stop Public Pensions For Felons

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – A new state law will make it tougher for felons to receive a public pension.

Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation Monday giving Illinois’ attorney general more power to stop pension payments to convicted felons. 107 more words

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Quinn Calling For Special Session To Set Up Special Election For Topinka's Seat

CHICAGO (CBS) – Gov. Pat Quinn was moving to call a special session of the Illinois General Assembly next month to vote on legislation to set up a special election in 2016 for the Illinois State Comptroller’s office. 354 more words

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