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Why life insurance benefits have sometimes gone unpaid in Illinois

Why life insurance benefits have sometimes gone unpaid in Illinois

By Becky Yerak | Chicago Tribune
August 25, 2016
Filed under State

Lynn Lucchese-Soto thought she was being scammed when she got a phone call at work earlier this year, supposedly from the Illinois State Treasurer's office, saying that two children she was raising were the beneficiaries of a life insurance policy. Skeptical, the Chicago lawyer hung up, found the...

Illinois groups encourage more gay couples to adopt children, be foster parents

Illinois groups encourage more gay couples to adopt children, be foster parents

By Tyler Davis | Chicago Tribune
August 24, 2016
Filed under State

CHICAGO — With same-sex marriage widely accepted a year after it was legalized by the Supreme Court, some community groups are hoping less rigid attitudes will prompt more gay and lesbian couples to consider fostering or adopting a child. "Across the country and especially in Illinois, we just don't...

Illinois governor signs law to toughen penalties for gun trafficking

Illinois governor signs law to toughen penalties for gun trafficking

By Kim Geiger | Chicago Tribune
August 24, 2016
Filed under State

Traffickers who take advantage of looser laws in neighboring states to illegally import guns to Illinois will face tougher penalties if caught under a measure Gov. Bruce Rauner signed into law Tuesday. The new law, which passed both chambers of the General Assembly without opposition, makes it a felony...

Illinois governor throws up hands at Kirk’s Obama ‘drug dealer’ comment

Illinois governor throws up hands at Kirk’s Obama ‘drug dealer’ comment

By Chicago Tribune
August 23, 2016
Filed under State

Asked Monday to weigh in on U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk's recent characterization of President Barack Obama as the nation's "drug dealer in chief," Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner literally threw up his hands. "I heard something about that," Rauner said. "I don't want to comment on that." Kirk made the statement last week while speaking to the editorial board of the State Journal-Register of Springfield. Kirk was referri...

Teenager stabs girl, 16, at Illinois State Fair, police say

Teenager stabs girl, 16, at Illinois State Fair, police say

By The State Journal-Register
August 21, 2016
Filed under State

Illinois State Police say a 16-year-old girl stabbed by another teen Saturday night at the Illinois State Fair should be released from the hospital on Sunday. Police arrested a 17-year-old girl for allegedly stabbing the younger girl inside the carnival. State troopers were immediately on scene and...

Illinois governor vetoes legislation to abolish room-and-board lawsuits against prisoners

Illinois governor vetoes legislation to abolish room-and-board lawsuits against prisoners

By Steve Mills and Todd Lighty | Chicago Tribune
August 21, 2016
Filed under State

Gov. Bruce Rauner on Friday used his amendatory veto power to rewrite a bill that would have ended the state's growing practice of suing prison inmates to recover the costs of their incarceration — effectively killing the legislation, according to the bill's two sponsors. The bill from state Sen....

Illinois governor approves repeal of sales tax on tampons

Illinois governor approves repeal of sales tax on tampons

By Kim Geiger and Monique Garcia | Chicago Tribune
August 20, 2016
Filed under State

Illinois joined a handful of states and the city of Chicago in repealing a so-called "tampon tax" as Gov. Bruce Rauner approved a bill that exempts feminine hygiene products from the state sales tax. Currently, tampons and sanitary napkins are taxed by the state of Illinois as "luxury items" at 6.25...

Rauner goes after Democratic ‘machine’ at state fair

Rauner goes after Democratic ‘machine’ at state fair

By Rick Pearson and Monique Garcia | Chicago Tribune
August 18, 2016
Filed under State

Illinois Republicans spent their day at the State Fair on Wednesday attempting to look past divisions over presidential nominee Donald Trump to focus on down-ballot races for the U.S. Senate, the House and key legislative contests aimed at eroding Democratic control of the General Assembly. Gov. Bruce...

Governor makes record bid of $104K for steer at Illinois state fair

Governor makes record bid of $104K for steer at Illinois state fair

By Kim Janssen | Chicago Tribune
August 17, 2016
Filed under State

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner on Tuesday night became the proud owner of a $104,000 steer at the Illinois State Fair. Rauner, who has made winning auction bids for prize cattle at each of the last two state fairs, defeated his personal best of $61,000 and the previous record purchase of $100,000. Wearing...

Illinois governor signs law extending labor protections to domestic workers

Illinois governor signs law extending labor protections to domestic workers

By Alexia Elejalde-Ruiz | Chicago Tribune
August 16, 2016
Filed under City, News, State

Illinois nannies, housekeepers and other domestic workers will be entitled to the state minimum wage and basic human rights protections come Jan. 1 under a bill signed into law Friday by Gov. Bruce Rauner. The Illinois Domestic Workers Bill of Rights amends four state laws to include domestic workers,...

Marijuana cultivation in Illinois is a professional operation: growers

Marijuana cultivation in Illinois is a professional operation: growers

By Dean Olsen | The State Journal-Register
August 15, 2016
Filed under City, News, State

JOLIET — Bright lights, swirling air and the pungent odor of maturing buds laced with sticky oil from thousands of plants with distinctive green leaves greet visitors at Cresco Labs' medical marijuana cultivation center. Officials from Chicago-based Cresco, who operate a growing facility in this...

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