* Just a quick roundup today because there are so many stories…
* Ban on public sex-harassment payouts moves to House: Rep. David McSweeney says staff members for the House and Senate have told him they’re not aware of any such instances in Illinois. But the Barrington Hills Republican says “I want to make sure it doesn’t happen in the future.”
* Editorial: In fixing one problem, Legislature shouldn’t create bigger one: But, as written, the bill would delete the requirement that an individual’s name be on the front of a summons in every kind of civil proceeding, not just foreclosures. If a person is handed a legal document in which their name appears only on an attachment, it would be tempting to unwittingly just toss it out. Some lawyers worry all kinds of people could lose judgments in court without ever knowing they were sued.
* Illinois lawmakers push to allow 18, 19, and 20-year-olds to be tried as juveniles: In a committee hearing Tuesday, Fine said this age group is unique, considering that studies have shown their brains aren’t fully developed until around age 26. “The goal of this legislation is to make this age group learn from their mistakes to change their trajectory in life instead of paying for the mistakes for the rest of their life,” she said.
* Suggested bills address teacher shortage: A recent survey, done by the Illinois Association of Regional Superintendents of Schools, reveals how the shortage has a rippling effect on substitute teachers. It shows, of 400 school districts, schools cannot find subs to cover more than 3,000 absences each week.
* House approves school funding reform cleanup: Rep. Peter Breen, R-Lombard, said the bill appeared to favor the Chicago school system with some of the changes. However, Davis said all of the changes were recommended by the state Board of Education. Rep. Avery Bourne, R-Raymond, also said the bill is necessary to address issues raised by state education officials.
* Beekeepers work on legislation protecting from lawsuits: Leedle and her husband Doug run Leedle Houme Bees in Mulkeytown. She said the increasing popularity of beekeeping has given rise to a new problem. People have began complaining to beekeepers about bees on their property.