Senate Panel OKs Repeal Of Parental Notification Prior To Abortion

Hear the story here. Illinois lawmakers forwarded a proposal that would allow minors to get an abortion, without telling their parents. Themeasure would repeal the Parental Notification of Abortion Act– a law passed in 1995, but not enforced until 5 years ago. Thelaw allows for minors to go before a judgeinstead ofnotifying a parent. DemocraticSenatorElgie Sims of Chicagois sponsoring the proposal that would get rid of any notification requirement. “Healthy family communication can't be...

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Rookie Lawmaker Making Mental Health Priority

State Rep. Karina Villa is a 40-year-old Democrat representing West Chicago. She's one of dozens of fresh faces at the Illinois State Capitol this year and also one of seven lawmakers in the House of Representatives whose election flipped a red seat blue -- from Republican to Democrat.

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Sackler Family's Donation To British Museum Is Quashed Over Opioid Fallout

The Sackler family's $1.3 million donation to the U.K.'s National Portrait Gallery will not go ahead as planned, as both sides say they're concerned that allegations of opioid profiteering against the family could overshadow the gift and become a distraction. "It has become evident that recent reporting of allegations made against Sackler family members may cause this new donation to deflect the National Portrait Gallery from its important work," a spokesperson for the Sackler Trust said. ...

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Why #ThisIsMyHustle Is Trending In Nigeria

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A hashtag called #ThisIsMyHustle started trending in Nigeria in mid-March after Sadiq Abubakar, 30, a small business owner from Abuja, organized a Twitter chat for his entrepreneur friends.

"I said, 'Let's do a hashtag and let the world know what we do," he says. "Young Nigerians are very determined to succeed. What we hear about young Nigerian people is that we are lazy. But we are hardworking. We want to make it."

Nicaragua's government says it will release hundreds of opposition protesters who have been detained in the months since anti-government protests began nearly a year ago.

Mediators made the announcement Wednesday in Managua.

The government of President Daniel Ortega made the promise in order to restart talks with the opposition that had been stalled since security forces made more detentions over the weekend.

When is it safe to leave your kids home alone?

It’s one of the trickiest questions that parents face as their children grow up. The right age depends on the kid and the family. But according to state law, the right age is fairly black and white: It’s 14.

Attorneys representing clergy abuse victims have presented a report which details the alleged sexual misconduct by 400 Catholic priests in Illinois.

The 39-year-old Springfield man accused of killing McHenry County Sheriff's Deputy Jacob Keltner pleaded not guilty in federal court in Rockford Wednesday morning. 

A federal grand jury indicted Floyd E. Brown Tuesday for Keltner's death earlier this month. Keltner was working as a member of a U.S. Marshals Service task force when he was shot and killed while trying to serve a warrant at a Rockford hotel.

Governor J.B. Pritzker surveyed flood damage in Machesney Park and Freeport Wednesday. The nearby Rock and Pecatonica Rivers reached record levels. The latter crested at its highest level since 1933.

Pritzker praised local officials for their evacuation and damage control efforts and said he would provide additional support from the state.

The Illinois Department of Agriculture has submitted their final draft of rules for the industrial hemp program. There were a few noteworthy changes made from the initial draft that was posted back in late Dec. 2018. 

Illinois’s new $15 minimum wage law doesn’t guarantee better pay for workers with disabilities. An exemption in federal labor law still allows some employers to pay them less.

In the midst of the recreational cannabis debate, Illinois lawmakers are also looking to make the medical cannabis pilot program permanent, but it will include a few changes. 

 

Several Illinois environmental and labor groups say the state needs more workers to upgrade its aging water and sewer systems. Money to prepare these workers could come from an infrastructure plan.

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