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Isabel’s morning briefing

Friday, Dec 8, 2023 - Posted by Isabel Miller

* ICYMI: WCIA’s breakdown of what laws will go into effect in 2024

    - Gov. Pritzker signed more than 150 laws that go into effect next year, many on January 1st, 2024.
    - Youthful offenders under 21 can no longer be given a life sentence without the possibility of parole.
    - An update to the state’s parole system, which incentivizes people on parole to obtain a degree, recommending early termination with a good post-release track record, and expanding remote check-ins with a parole officer.
    - October will be designated Italian-American Heritage Month.

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    * Capitol News Illinois | State health plan declares racism a public health crisis: A new state health report pinpoints racism as a public health crisis while also noting Illinois needs to improve in the areas of maternal and infant health, mental health and substance use disorders. The broad goals are laid out in a draft of the State Health Improvement Plan, which will be finalized and presented to the Illinois General Assembly next year. The SHIP is part of Healthy Illinois 2028, a five-year plan outlining the major public health crises the state hopes to address.

    * Tribune | Recommended changes to transit head to state lawmakers, who could debate expanded sales tax and consolidating agencies: The report, drafted by regional planners after meetings with community organizations, lays out recommendations to address public transit funding, governance and the experience of riding buses and trains, as the region’s three public transit agencies face a looming financial cliff and languishing ridership numbers. Among the options included are additional taxes, such as expanding the sales tax base, and two options to revamp oversight of the region’s separate transit agencies.

    * Crain’s | Illinois in multistate lawsuit over NCAA transfer rule: Raoul and attorneys general in six other states filed a federal antitrust lawsuit on Thursday, challenging the NCAA’s transfer rules as “an illegal restraint on college athletes’ ability to market their labor and control their education.”

* Two SIU athletes are mentioned in the complaint

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10 Comments
  1. - Larry Bowa Jr. - Friday, Dec 8, 23 @ 8:54 am:

    “The report shows responding officers didn’t offer her a blood-alcohol test at the scene.”

    CPD really is not worried about maintaining the public’s respect. This officer drove her SUV up onto a sidewalk to strike a person at 12:30 am. Her excuse for running over someone on a sidewalk was that she dropped her phone and just had to reach down and grab it off the floor, which is the way you think when you’re wasted.


  2. - Dude - Friday, Dec 8, 23 @ 9:17 am:

    Details are light on the CPD officer crash. Did she exhibit signs of impairment at the scene? Where was she prior to the crash? Had she just left a bar or work? Is she high-ranking and/or connected? A “blood-alcohol test” isn’t just “offered” on scene at every crash. There needs to be some reasonable suspicion of impairment. The family of the victim will certainly bring a lawsuit in this case and additional details will be revealed.


  3. - James thevIntolerant - Friday, Dec 8, 23 @ 9:28 am:

    Metra need much more scrutiny before they are bailed out. Since the ridership decrease began since Covid, Metra
    continued to hire and spend. There are 25 employees making > $180K. Metra has assistants to the Deputy Executive Directors of Internal Affairs, Operations and Administration making an average of $230K. Metra expanded warehouse operations by purchasing a former Wickes warehouse in Harvey for $7Million and tgen discovered it needed a $7Million roof. When a home is purchased the buyer gets an investigation, why not for a $7Million property. Maybe because it is 50% farebox/50% taxes Metra does not get any press investigation, but it needs a little light shed on it.


  4. - Big Dipper - Friday, Dec 8, 23 @ 10:00 am:

    WGN reported that there was a CPD holiday party at HOB Wednesday night.


  5. - Larry Bowa Jr. - Friday, Dec 8, 23 @ 10:15 am:

    “There needs to be some reasonable suspicion of impairment.”

    Like the fact that you drove up onto the sidewalk and ran someone over while leaving the nightclub district at 12:30 am? And the reason for doing so was that you really needed to grab your phone off the floor?
    Come on.


  6. - Big Dipper - Friday, Dec 8, 23 @ 10:32 am:

    Reminds me of when Eddie Johnson nodded off at a stop sign after a night of drinking and how poorly that was handled.


  7. - Dude - Friday, Dec 8, 23 @ 10:48 am:

    I’m certainly not saying impairment was not involved. One would need to interact with the driver at the scene to determine that. CPD has been known to protect their own for certain. Doesn’t mean that is necessarily the case here. Distracted driving is killer too. Apples to oranges comparison to the former superintendent’s incident. He was passed out behind the wheel parked in the street, nobody was injured or killed, and he was the big boss.


  8. - Big Dipper - Friday, Dec 8, 23 @ 12:18 pm:

    The comparison is he had ten drinks according to the IA report yet was not tested for BAC.


  9. - Sir Reel - Friday, Dec 8, 23 @ 12:28 pm:

    How a CPD officer can afford an Infinity SUV?


  10. - Dotnonymous x - Friday, Dec 8, 23 @ 1:11 pm:

    “This bill is for the millions of workers in and out of unions, who until now were faced with the impossible choice of either taking time off or keeping their job,”

    Those non-union workers should thank their Union brothers…for the time off.


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