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The state of Illinois has a problem with its prison boot camps: too many empty beds.

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Gov. J.B. Pritzker this week signed a bill to make what he and activists say is the most progressive abortion-rights law in the country. But could Democrats risk a backlash by going too far? And what are they targeting next?

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Illinois lawmakers approved legislation banning local police officers from acting as Immigration and Customs Enforcement deputies.

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Legislation meant to protect abortion rights if Roe v. Wade is overturned is headed to the governor’s desk.

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People who want to legally own a firearm in Illinois would have to submit fingerprints under legislation approved Wednesday in the state House of Representatives.

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After a long and unusually emotional debate in the Illinois House Tuesday, lawmakers approved legislation aimed at keeping abortion legal in Illinois, regardless of what happens in other states or Washington, D.C.

Child welfare workers are calling on Illinois lawmakers to better fund private services.

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Late Sunday night, Illinois Democrats advanced legislation meant to protect abortion rights in case Roe v. Wade is overturned.

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Gov. J.B. Pritzker wants to raise taxes on beer and other types of alcohol to help pay for construction projects.

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Illinois lawmakers are considering whether to overhaul the application process for Firearm Owner’s Identification cards.

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Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced plans Wednesday to overhaul the state’s troubled child welfare system. That comes after a report criticized the Department of Children and Family Services’ reluctance to remove children from their homes.

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The Illinois Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday over whether the First Amendment protects “revenge porn.”

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Illinois lawmakers want to eliminate medical co-pays for prisoners.

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A small but growing number of U.S. women are choosing to give birth at home. However home birth midwives are not regulated by the state of Illinois. Many mothers still choose to stay home, despite the risks involved in not having a proper vetting system.

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Mourners gathered at the Old State Capitol on Thursday for an annual event memorializing the millions of lives lost in the Holocaust.

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Illinois lawmakers want judges to consider people’s family obligations when sentencing or detaining them for a crime.

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Illinois lawmakers want to divert more people convicted of crimes from prison to boot camp.

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Illinois House lawmakers passed legislation requiring a parent be present when students are questioned or detained in connection to a crime.

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Illinois lawmakers are at odds over how to punish damage to important infrastructure. Some fear it would mean harsher sentences for charges that already exist.

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An Illinois toddler died nine years ago after suffering third degree burns from bathwater. The Illinois House last week approved legislation to make sure it doesn’t happen again.

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Governor J.B. Pritzker held his largest press conference over the weekend — and he’s promising media transparency under his administration.

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Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed a law today intended to protect collective bargaining rights for labor unions.

It would ban local governments from creating “right-to-work zones” — where employees at a unionized company no longer have to pay fees if they choose not to join.

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Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx and Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul say they’ll use the power of their office to expand trauma services — but they’re asking for help from the General Assembly.

They made the announcement surrounded by survivors of crime at the Illinois Capitol Thursday.

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Illinois lawmakers want to make it easier for marginalized college students to qualify for financial aid.

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The co-founder of an Illinois prisoner advocacy group is calling for a statewide effort to investigate claims of innocence.

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Illinois Senators want to make sure everyone is counted in the 2020 Census.

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Legislation being considered in the Illinois House would raise the age for locking up children accused of a crime.

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Springfield voters gave Mayor Jim Langfelder a second term Tuesday.

He won out over Frank Edwards, a former alderman and fire chief, getting around 58% of the vote.

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Illinois lawmakers are being asked to decide whether nurses are dangerously overworked — and what to do about it.

Nurses want limits on how many patients they’re assigned. They argue it would improve patient outcomes and workplace safety. But opponents counter a “one size fits all” approach will not work.

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Springfield’s infrastructure needs dominated an aldermanic forum Thursday night.

Candidates from the city’s westernmost neighborhoods — wards 7, 8 and 10 — were asked about what development projects they would prioritize and how they would spend capital dollars. 

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