Governor JB Pritzker

Final nail in ‘The Velvet Hammer’s’ political coffin? Madigan’s record run as speaker could be nearing an end

Original story published by Rachel Hinton of the Chicago Sun-Times on 11/19/2020. Photo credit to Tim Akimoff of WBEZ. A link to the article may be found HERE   Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan may soon be out of the leadership post he’s held for nearly four decades. After members of his inner circle were…

Chicago doctors – mostly moms – join together to advise officials and the public. ‘We can’t not say something.’

Original article written by Kate Thayer for the Chicago Tribune, published on May 7th, 2020. Link to original article may be found HERE. Photo credit to Stacey Wescott of the Chicago Tribune. In between telehealth appointments with patients, preschool Zoom calls, daily household tasks and, in one case, childbirth, a group of doctors — mostly…

Bites at the apple

It is no secret that we have some of the highest property taxes in the country. In some communities, we’re beginning to reach the breaking point. During the recent debate on eliminating red-light cameras, municipalities expressed concern over losing revenue and would have to consider reducing local government. Imagine that…reducing local government. In my over…

Illinois School Officials Promise to Stop Use of Solitary Confinement Punish Students

Original story written by Zack Budryk for The Hill, and published on 11/21/19. Link to original article may be found HERE. Illinois officials have pledged to end the practice of solitary confinement for schoolchildren after an expose by ProPublica and the Chicago Tribune revealed it was a common punishment that had been used for offenses such…

Illinois Governor’s Order Restricts Timeout Rooms in Schools

Original story written by the Associated Press and published in the Washington Post on 11/20/19. Link to original article may be found HERE.   SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Wednesday ordered the state’s public schools to immediately restrict the use of isolation rooms for students who don’t pose a clear safety risk.…

After Report, Illinois Officials Vow to Stop Punishing Students with Solitary Confinement

Original Story written by the Hannah Knowles for the Washington Post on 11/20/19. Link to original article may be found HERE.   Listening from outside, school staff reportedly did not intervene as children cried, injured themselves and begged to leave their small timeout rooms. But they did take meticulous notes. “I’d rather die. You’re torturing…

Task force finalizing property tax proposal

Original article written by Greg Bishop of The Center Square, and shared to The Telegraph on 10/29/19. Link to original article may be found HERE. SPRINGFIELD — State lawmakers on the Illinois Property Tax Relief Task Force say they’re getting closer to offering up final recommendations to lower the state’s second-highest in the nation property…

Carroll’s Bill Protecting Minors from Smoking Becomes Law

Press release published in the Lake County Gazette on Sept. 9th, 2019. Link to release may be found HERE   Illinois State House District 57 issued the following announcement on Sept. 4th A new law sponsored by state Rep. Jonathan Carroll, D-Northbrook, bans smoking in cars when children are present. “Illinois must prioritize the health…

New Illinois law bans smoking in vehicles with anyone under 18

Original article written by Jean Kang for WGN Channel 9 News, published on August 24th, 2019. Link to original article can be found HERE SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Illinois Governor JB Pritzker signed legislation Friday, which prohibits smoking in vehicles with anyone under 18. According to Bill HB2276, it will be illegal to inhale, exhale, burn…

Illinois Lawmaker is Optimistic New EpiPen Law Will Lower Costs, Despite Critics’ Concerns

Original article written by Christine Herman for Illinois Public Media on August 21st, 2019. Link to original article may be found HERE Representative Carroll was also interviewed by their radio show, “The 21st”.  Link to the audio may be found HERE Illinois will soon require insurers to cover EpiPens and similar devices for children 18 and under.…
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