Dana Vollmer Reporter - Public Affairs Reporting Ways to ConnectEmail Dana 217-206-6020 Workers With Disabilities Still Face Subminimum Wages By Dana Vollmer • 17 hours ago The Parents Union - Flickr / CC-by 2.0 Illinois’s new $15 minimum wage law doesn’t guarantee better pay for workers with disabilities. An exemption in federal labor law still allows some employers to pay them less. Women In State Senate Seek Solutions To Pregnancy-Related Deaths By Dana Vollmer • Mar 18, 2019 Tatiana Vdb - Flickr / CC-by 2.0 Women in the Illinois Senate want to address a surge in maternal deaths related to childbirth. Illinois Proposal Aims To Empower Worker Co-Ops By Dana Vollmer • Mar 14, 2019 Lori Stalteri - Flickr / CC-by 2.0 Some Illinois lawmakers want to make it easier for worker cooperatives to grow. Illinois Supreme Court Considers 'Fraudulent' Bottled Water Tax Charges By Dana Vollmer • Mar 12, 2019 Mike Mozart - Flickr / CC-by 2.0 Walgreens customers want the company to pay up for charging an extra tax on some water bottles. The Illinois Supreme Court is considering whether the charges were fraudulent. Should Young Adults Be Sent To Juvenile Courts? By Dana Vollmer • Mar 11, 2019 Blogtrepreneur - Flickr / CC-by 2.0 Young adults could be tried in juvenile court up to age 21 under legislation being considered in the Illinois Senate. International Women's Day: How's Illinois Doing On Gender Equality? By Dana Vollmer • Mar 8, 2019 Marc Nozell / Flickr (CC-BY 2.0) March 8 is International Women’s Day. It’s a call to raise voices within the women’s rights movement and strategize to create a more gender-equal world. Reporter Dana Vollmer talked with Susan Bramlet Lavin, executive director of the Illinois branch of the National Organization for Women, about what’s been accomplished and what still needs work. This interview have been edited for clarity. Illinois Nurses Call For Safe Patient Limits By Dana Vollmer • Mar 7, 2019 Dana Vollmer / NPR Illinois Illinois nurses are calling on state lawmakers to restrict the number of patients under their care. Should Illinois Continue Tracking Racial Bias In Police Stops? By Dana Vollmer • Mar 4, 2019 Wikimedia Commons An Illinois study of racial profiling in police stops is set to expire in July. State lawmakers are considering whether to keep collecting data. House Republicans Vow To Fight Graduated Income Tax By Dana Vollmer • Feb 27, 2019 Dana Vollmer / NPR Illinois Republicans in the Illinois House are speaking out against Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s proposed graduated income tax. Video Court Hearings Could Help Bottom Line, Hurt Kids By Dana Vollmer • Feb 25, 2019 Dave Nakayama / Flickr (CC-by 2.0) A new proposal in Illinois aims to reduce the time juveniles spend behind bars before their trial, but some argue it might not be in the best interests of the young people accused of wrongdoing. For Low-Income Defendants, Supreme Court Gives Break On Court Fees By Dana Vollmer • Feb 14, 2019 Brittany Hogan / Flickr (CC-by 2.0) Low-income earners can soon apply to waive their court costs in Illinois. Illinois Lawmaker Paves Path To 100 Percent Clean Energy By Dana Vollmer • Feb 11, 2019 Tony Webster - Flickr / CC-by 2.0 Environmental groups want Illinois to produce more clean energy, but the state is already behind on its renewable energy goals. $15 Minimum Wage Clears Senate, Heads To House By Dana Vollmer • Feb 8, 2019 Jaclyn Driscoll / NPR Illinois Illinois is one step closer to having a $15 minimum wage, after the state Senate approved the legislation by a 39-18 vote Thursday. Activists Call For Smaller-Scale Fracking Transparency By Dana Vollmer • Feb 7, 2019 Ray Bodden - Flickr / CC-by 2.0 Activists are calling on Illinois to improve transparency in the oil and gas extraction technique known as fracking. Lincoln Home Workers Fear Another Shutdown Looms By Dana Vollmer • Feb 1, 2019 Dana Vollmer / NPR Illinois Employees at the Lincoln Home National Historic Site are still anxious, despite being back at work for a week after the shutdown ended. Report: Prisoners In Work Release Program Struggle With Healthcare Costs, State IDs By Dana Vollmer • Jan 31, 2019 CREDIT FLICKR USER / MICHAEL COGHLAN "PRISON BARS" (CC BY-SA 2.0) Some women incarcerated in Illinois have not been receiving all the same benefits as their male counterparts. Tax Season Is Underway — With Some Changes By Dana Vollmer • Jan 28, 2019 GotCredit - Flickr / CC-By 2.0 Tax season kicks off in Illinois today, and taxpayers may notice some differences in the filing process. State's High Court Referees Environmental Regulators' Groundwater Battle By Dana Vollmer • Jan 25, 2019 Jeff Hitchcock - Flickr / CC-By 2.0 The Illinois Supreme Court is being asked to settle a fight between two of the state’s environmental regulators. At issue is whether certain waste disposal sites should have to do groundwater testing. Chicago Food Trucks Take Beef With City To State's High Court By Dana Vollmer • Jan 23, 2019 Tammy Godon - Flickr / CC-BY 2.0 The Illinois Supreme Court is considering whether Chicago’s regulations on food trucks unfairly stifle competition. Effort Underway To Get National Recognition For Springfield Race Riot Site By Dana Vollmer • Jan 19, 2019 UIS Brookens Library Archives The site of the 1908 Springfield Race Riot could soon become a National Historic Monument. Is 50 Years A Life Sentence For A Teenager? By Dana Vollmer • Jan 15, 2019 Brian Mackey / NPR Illinois | 91.9 UIS The Illinois Supreme Court is considering whether sending a teenager to prison for 50 years is effectively a life sentence. Listen Listening... / 0:50 Dana Vollmer reports. Food Aid To Continue Despite Shutdown, For Now By Dana Vollmer • Jan 11, 2019 Katie Buck / NPR ILLINOIS | 91.9 UIS Despite the federal government shutdown, Illinoisans will continue getting food aid through February.