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More than 1.5 million Americans are allergic to sesame. Food companies don’t have to list it on their labels.

Original article written for NewFoodEconomy.org on 10/28/19 by Ximena Greenhouse. Link to original story may be found HERE. ore than 1.5 million Americans experience adverse reactions to sesame every year. The flareups can be relatively minor—skin irritations like hives, for instance—or serious and life-threatening, like whole-body anaphylaxis. The FDA does not include sesame on its…

Cold War Veteran License Plates for Illinois

Original story written for NPR by Zach Wilson on August 16th. Link to original article may be found HERE   A special license plate will soon be available for another group of Illinois veterans. State Representative Dan Swanson from Woodhull, a veteran himself, sponsored legislation to create a license plate for veterans of the Cold…

Illinois becomes first state to require insurers to cover EpiPens for kids, but questions remain about costs

Original story written by Lisa Schencker for the Chicago Tribune on August 14th, 2019. Link to original article may be found HERE Photo credit to Rich Pedroncelli for the Associated Press. Health insurance companies will have to cover life-saving EpiPens or similar devices for kids with allergies under a new state law that takes effect…

What to do about property taxes? Gov. J.B. Pritzker asks a task force to figure it out

Written by Jamie Munks for the Chicago Tribune on 8/2/2019. Link to original article may be found HERE Photo credit to Terrence Antonio James, photographer for the Chicago Tribune. Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed a bill Friday creating a task force to make recommendations on ways to alleviate the rising property tax burden on Illinois homeowners.…

Editorial: To declutter Illinois and save dollars, eliminate townships

Original article written by the Chicago Tribune Editorial Board for the Chicago Tribune on June 17th, 2019. Link to original article may be found HERE Photography credit to John J. Kim, Staff Photographer for the Chicago Tribune.  How many units of government do you think there are in Illinois? Two thousand? Five thousand? Try 6,963.…

With Eye Toward Cost Reductions, Carroll Targets Townships

Originally written for Journal & Topics by “Journal Staff” on April 11th, 2019. Link to original article may be found HERE. Continuing his efforts to scale back the size and number of units of local government, and to reduce skyrocketing property taxes, State Rep. Jonathan Carroll (D-57th) passed bipartisan consolidation legislation out of Illinois the…

House Passes Bill Banning Smoking in Vehicles with Children Present

Story originally published on NBC’s Week.com by Tim Shelly, link to original article may be found HERE SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WEEK) — The Illinois House has approved a measure which would ban people from smoking in vehicles transporting children. House Bill 2276 would fine motorists $100 to $250 for smoking in a car with minors present,…

Three Day Waits for Guns to Become Illinois State Law

Link to original article for NPR Illinois by Sam Dunklau is hereDecember 27th, 2018 The ongoing series of mass shootings across the country prompted Illinois lawmakers to pass a number of measures in 2018 aimed at preventing such tragedies. One of those is taking effect on January 1st. Anyone in a hurry to buy a gun from an Illinois retailer will have to pause, starting…

Illinois Legislators Urge Rauner to Increase Smoking Age to 21

Link to original article found HERE CHICAGO (CBS) — A bill proposing to raise the legal smoking age from 18 to 21 will soon be on Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner’s desk. Senate Bill 2332, commonly referred to as “Tobacco 21”, recently passed the General Assembly, with a 61-49 vote in the Illinois House of Representatives…
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