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House OKs Fine Without Jail Time For Pot Users

Low-level marijuana users may soon catch a break in Illinois. Rather than going to jail, it would be more like getting a speeding ticket. The repercussions for having pot vary; Rep. Kelly Cassidy, D-Chicago, says there are more than 100 different local ordinances all over the state. "And the outcome from this patchwork system puts in place an unjust and confusing system wherein where you live and what you look like dictates whether or not you'll be arrested for extremely low-level marijuana...
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Cameras that collect information on license plates are thought by some to be an overreach of government. A proposal in the Illinois legislature would regulate the automatic license plate readers.

Some police officers use automated cameras that track vehicles' license plates. In Illinois, there are no regulations on them and the data collected. House Bill 3289 would impose limits, such as how long the data can be kept.

Democratic Rep. Scott Drury says the proposed regulation doesn't go far enough.

Sustaining members Richard and Debbie Gortowski are the winners of the Northern Public Radio 2015 Spring Membership Campaign's New York City Getaway.

Northern Public Radio's 2015 Spring Membership Campaign began on Thursday, April 16, and ended today at 10 a.m. A total of 851 listeners contributed just over $119,000 during the campaign to support of 89.5 WNIJ and Classical WNIU, and 200 listeners became members for the first time.

Second TEDx Talk At NIU Features Student Speaker

Apr 24, 2015
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The second-ever TEDx talk at Northern Illinois University happens 9 a.m. Saturday. This time, the event will feature a student speaker.

The talks will revolve around a single common theme: hidden superheroes among us.

Maria Senf is a senior psychology major at NIU and director of TEDx NIU. She was inspired to start the student group in 2013 after she attended a similar TEDx event at a Chicago college.

Lincoln Library, Commerce Department Linked Under New Plan

Apr 24, 2015

A measure that would partially privatize the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity while combining it with the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency is ready for consideration by the Illinois House.

The apparent agreement between Gov. Bruce Rauner and House Speaker Michael Madigan also would make a new state entity to control the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.

Steven Beckett, who chairs the library's advisory board, supports the move. He says the various groups in charge of it now have become hostile. 

Biden Urges Illini Men To 'Show Courage'

Apr 24, 2015
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Vice President Joe Biden told students on the University of Illinois Urbana campus Thursday that preventing sexual assault is a shared responsibility.

Biden used an emotional, almost evangelical tone to urge about 1,500 students to "show courage" and “be the man you were raised to be.”

"By the way gentlemen, silence is a form of approval. Inaction is a form of cowardice," he said. "Speaking up takes courage." 

The crowd cheered for the Vice President in the gym of one of the campus' recreation centers.

Biden voiced anger at those who commit sexual assault.

An architectural rendering of the proposed Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, which may be built on Chicago's lakefront. Credit LMNA Architecture Renderings / Lucas Museum of Narrative Art press kit

The force of the Illinois legislature is behind bringing George Lucas's museum and Barack Obama's presidential library to Chicago.

A measure to ward off legal problems that could prevent the Star Wars creator's museum and the President's library from being located in Chicago first popped up Wednesday evening. 

Less than 24 hours later, it's on the way to the governor. It's supposed to take at three days at minimum for that to happen.

But this measure had support from leaders like House Speaker Michael Madigan.

Chatham Elementary School students had a lesson Thursday in how government works. Their proposal to make sweet corn the official state vegetable passed the state Senate.

The sponsor of Senate Bill 800, Republican Sen. Sam McCann from Carlinville, says not all responses have been positive.

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There's a hold-up over efforts to save programs dealing with autism and drug prevention from ending in Illinois. It seems like advocates should be celebrating.

After Gov. Bruce Rauner says he was forced to earlier this month suddenly pull $26 million worth of state grants, the Illinois Senate used the legislative version of searching under the couch cushions for change.

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Illinois lawmakers are trying to help bring President Barack Obama's library and George Lucas' proposed museum to Chicago.

A Senate committee approved a measure to ensure the city has legal authority to build on park land. Its sponsor -- Democratic Sen. Kwame Raoul -- introduced the measure yesterday.

“The bill also makes clear that previously submerged land can be used for museums,” Raoul said. “And that provision is in the bill to address a question raised by a federal judge in ongoing litigation.”

Lawmakers are hoping to put an end to red light cameras in some places in Illinois.

A proposal in the Illinois legislature would ban red light cameras in non-home rule cities.

Opponents say red light cameras, which are designed to stop drivers from running red lights, actually cause more accidents from cars abruptly stopping.

Republican Rep. Steven Andersson is a local prosecutor. He says some people receive tickets even though they weren't the one driving the car.

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