The Illinois House yesterday approved a bill abolishing the oft-abused legislative scholarship program, a day after a Democratic state senator caught up in a scholarship scandal lost a primary race in Chicago.
- Illinois House passes measure eliminating General Assembly Scholarship Program [STLtoday.com]
Chicago will hire 50 more police officers and keep 20,000 more young people occupied this summer, thanks to the first $8.5 million in city debt siphoned from the state income tax refunds of chronic scofflaws, Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Monday.
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Here's an e-mail from the Illinois State Rifle Association, rallying members to oppose Rahm Emanuel's proposal for a handgun registration system:
On Thursday, February 9th, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel called for the Illinois General Assembly to pass a $65 per handgun fee to be levied against every law-abiding gun owner in Illinois – INCLUDING YOU. Of course, gang bangers, murderers, robbers and rapists are exempt from the fee. This fee would be charged every 5 years on every handgun you own. Additionally, you would have to register with the government in the same manner as sex-offenders... If you cannot pay the $65 tax on EACH of your handguns, you will have to surrender your guns to the local police for destruction.
When Chicago catches a cold, the Illinois General Assembly coughs. The state legislature has been hacking like a two-pack-a-day smoker over school actions in the Chicago Public Schools—closings, phase-outs, changes in attendance boundaries and other moves that critics say are disruptive for students and the surrounding neighborhoods.
Bills have been introduced in the Illinois General Assembly that would require online dating services to increase safety transparency by clearly specifying to members whether they do background checks on their clients.