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New legislation on texting while driving passes House, moves to governor’s desk

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner attends a bill signing on Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017 at the Safer Foundation North Lawndale Adult Transition Center. (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune/TNS)

By Hannah Smith, Staff writer

June 1, 2018

A new bill moving to the governor’s desk will put stricter punishment on drivers found to be texting while driving.

Illinois approves Equal Rights Amendment, 36 years after deadline

Illinois approves Equal Rights Amendment, 36 years after deadline

By Rick Pearson and Bill Lukitsch

May 30, 2018

The Illinois House voted Wednesday night to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment more than 45 years after it was approved by Congress, putting it one state away from possible enshrinement in the U.S. Constitution amid potential legal questions.

Opinion: Another disappointing lack of transparency in Illinois government

Nancy Stone | Chicago Tribune

By The State Journal-Register, Springfield, Ill. Editorial Board

May 21, 2018

It's a simple request, really. We all, to some level, depend on government services. Since residents provide the tax dollars they need to operate, we request government agencies be run in an efficient, transparent manner.

New program will help pregnant women addicted to opioids

OxyContin, in 80 mg pills, in a 2013 file image. A recent trial suggests opioids had no pain-relieving adventage over common painkillers in a yearlong trial. (Liz O. Baylen | Los Angeles Times | TNS)

By Kaley Johnson, Belleville News-Democrat

April 21, 2018

The program pulls together St. Louis and metro-east resources to provide long-term treatment for expectant mothers in the metro-east who are addicted to opioids.

McCann joins intense race for governor

Gov. Bruce Rauner watches from his seat in the audience as President Barack Obama speaks on the designation of the Pullman National Monument Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015 at Gwendolyn Brooks College Preparatory Academy in Chicago. (Anthony Souffle | Chicago Tribune | TNS)

By Nick Draper, Jacksonville Journal-Courier, Ill.

April 21, 2018

State Sen. Sam McCann announced his intention Thursday to run for governor as a Conservative Party candidate, garnering a quick — and scathing — response from the incumbent governor.

Do you favor legalizing marijuana? Then here’s whom to vote for.

Illinois State Capitol in Springfield. (Chicago Tribune file photo)

By Joseph Bustos | Belleville News-Democrat

January 19, 2018

The eight candidates running for governor are mostly divided along party lines, with the Democrats generally in favor of the idea and Republicans against legalizing the drug beyond the state's current medical marijuana program.

Illinois Supreme Court again upholds conviction of Drew Peterson for murder of his third wife

Convicted killer Drew Peterson, seen here in 2009, was sentenced in 2013 for murdering his third wife, Kathleen Savio, who was found dead in 2004. (Zbigniew Bzdak/Chicago Tribune/TNS)

By Matthew Walberg | Chicago Tribune

January 19, 2018

Drew Peterson's options for getting a new trial for the 2004 murder of his third wife, Kathleen Savio, have grown thinner after the Illinois Supreme Court on Friday declined to rehear his appeal.

Bald eagles came back from brink, but are numbers dropping again? An Illinois researcher fears so

Bald eagles came back from brink, but are numbers dropping again? An Illinois researcher fears so

By Ted Gregory | Chicago Tribune

January 17, 2018

In this very important month for the bald eagle, Terrence Ingram is trying to upend conventional wisdom about our majestic national symbol.

Earlier abduction attempt reported on day Chinese scholar went missing at U. of I.

Lifeng Ye, mother of Yingying Zhang, a visiting scholar at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign who authorities say was kidnapped near a bus stop on campus June 9, sits with her son Xinyang Zhang, right, and Xiaolin Hou, Yingying's boyfriend, after a news conference at the I Hotel and Conference Center in Champaign, Ill., on Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune/TNS)

By Jason Meisner and Dawn Rhodes | Chicago Tribune

January 17, 2018

The young University of Illinois graduate student was walking to a bus stop one morning last June when a clean-cut man wearing aviator sunglasses pulled up in a black sedan and flashed a badge.

Judge orders Illinois to expand medical marijuana qualifying conditions to include pain

Illinois State Capitol in Springfield. (Chicago Tribune file photo)

By Robert McCoppin | Chicago Tribune

January 17, 2018

A judge has ordered Illinois officials to add intractable pain as a qualifying condition for medical marijuana, a ruling that could greatly expand access to the drug.

Rauner tours Lincoln prison, touts reforms helping female inmates

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner speaks with members of the media Friday, Aug. 26, 2016, following his visit to Carbondale High School's Rebound program. (Ryan Michalesko | @photosbylesko)

By Brenden Moore | The State Journal-Register

January 16, 2018

The governor said the reforms, which seek to create female-specific programs and address the unique challenges that female offenders face, have set a new national standard for criminal justice reform.

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