* CBS 2…
A year-long CBS 2 investigation into children traumatized by Chicago police wrongly raiding their homes has led to a new law just signed by Governor JB Pritzker.
Peter Mendez was nine years old when he became the first child to speak out about officers bursting into his family home, pointing guns at him and leaving him traumatized.
CBS 2 Investigator Dave Savini spent a year exposing similar cases involving 23 other children.
As a result of this investigation, State Sen. Jacqueline Collins introduced the Peter Mendez Act, signed into law Friday, requiring police officer training to understand the trauma children experience during police action and de-escalation training too.
More background is here.
A bill signed by Gov. JB Pritzker on Friday, August 9 ensures that contributions of LGBTQ people will be taught in Illinois public schools.
HB 246 goes into effect on July 1, 2020.
The bill states that textbooks purchased with grant funds must be non-discriminatory.
Books will “include a study of the roles and contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in the history of this country and this State”
* Illinois Public Radio…
Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Friday signed a sweeping anti-sexual harassment law. But one woman who accused a lawmaker of harassment is disappointed with an aspect of the new rules.
Denise Rotheimer says she objects to part of the new law that levies a fine of $5,000 on accusers for leaking information from an ethics commission report before its official release. […]
The bill’s sponsor, Sen. Melinda Bush, a Grayslake Democrat, previously said the purpose of the fine is to prevent redacted information from becoming public.
“This is not to fine victim; this is to protect everyone’s confidentiality and still allow the accuser to see the report before it becomes public,” Bush said.
* Daily Herald…
Gov. J.B. Pritzker is using McHenry County as a test case for the consolidation of local government.
The governor signed into law Friday a bill that will hand taxpayers the power to dissolve by petition any McHenry County township.
Under House Bill 348, which goes into effect immediately, the dissolved township would transfer its assets and obligations to the county.
The proceeds from the sale of the township’s assets, however, must be used exclusively within the geographic boundaries of the township.
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