State Rep. Bob Rita will be at the Tinley Park Convention Center this evening holding another of his public hearings on proposed legislation to expand gambling statewide. Rita became the point person on legislation to expand gambling in Illinois last spring when state Rep. Lou Lang stepped aside after years of writing — and rewriting
As part of Illinois’ new concealed carry law, businesses must post stickers at their doors if they don’t want people carrying firearms into their establishments. Some people are complaining the sight is jarring, especially at churches. But the “opt-in” vs “opt-out” battle was fought out in the Legislature, and the “opt-in” forces lost. There’s no
Under their “custom notifications” program, Chicago police try to forestall shootings by visiting and talking to people identified as likely to be involved in violence before anything happens. The idea is to try to prevent crime instead of chasing it after it happens. But it raises the question in some quarters: Isn’t this racial profiling?
Fifteen states have moved to rein in predatory outsourcing of public services, but Illinois — home of perhaps the most egregious outsourcing fiasco (parking meters) — isn’t on the list. Chicago Ald. Roderick Sawyer (6th) has introduced a Privatization Transparency and Accountability Ordinance, but so far Illinois has no similar legislation pending, said Richard Allen
In the five years since it was created, the Illinois Torture Inquiry and Relief Commission — set up to help find out whether innocent men are sitting in prison because of statements extracted by police torture — has struggled with delays in appointments, a cutoff of funding and a successful campaign to oust its executive director.
Illinois’ income tax revenues are scheduled to drop significantly Dec. 31, and with no replacement in sight there are “rumblings” that some in the Legislature might call for a budget that covers only the first half of the 2014 fiscal year, which starts July 1. That would leave it up to whoever is elected governor
Every year, it seems, the Legislature slips the Illinois Poison Control Center a little something that could bring about its sudden demise. Problem is, the center has no Poison Control Center of its own to call to see if it’s going to be OK. A measure in Springfield being pushed by state Sen. Don Harmon
The Independent Voters of Illinois-Independent Precinct Organization announced endorsements for March primary elections Monday at the Union League Club of Chicago, but the news didn’t make the splash it used to. Years ago, the IVI-IPO endorsement was a big deal. That’s when the progressive organization was the rallying place for Chicago area independents sick of
Does Illinois’ new concealed-carry law mean the cable guy can pack heat when he comes into your home? If it does, should that be changed? Some Illinois legislators say no alterations should be made in the state’s new law until they’ve had a chance to see how it works in practice. But state Rep. Scott
“Orange Is the New Black” will be filming in Chicago today, but don’t expect folks at the Chicago Metropolitan Correctional Center to be particularly excited about it. Their facility isn’t exactly flattered in Piper Kerman’s 2010 book, Orange Is the New Black, upon which the Netflix series is based. Kerman spent most of her 13-month sentence for drug-related misdeeds