Illinois lawmakers can’t agree on their next step involving Governor Pat Quinn’s troubled anti-violence program. The Legislative Audit Commission held a day-long hearing Wednesday about whether to press ahead with an investigation into the Neighborhood Recovery Initiative. They’ll resume the meeting Thursday morning with a call to the U.S. Attorney’s office.
Two young brothers have pleaded guilty to starting the fire which destroyed a large portion of downtown Prophetstown last summer. Rebuilding is still underway for several displaced occupants, including the Prophetstown Historical Society.
State lawmakers are gathering ideas on how to handle Illinois' prison population. The Joint Criminal Justice Reform Committee heard more than three hours of testimony during its first meeting this week.
Advocates and prison officials had a variety of complex answers to lawmakers’ questions. That means understanding who’s in prison, what they’re in for, how long they stay in prison, and how often they end up going back.
Kathy Saltmarsh is a state official who studies sentencing guidelines. She testified during Tuesday's hearing.
Governor Pat Quinn's troubled anti-violence program will be in the spotlight Wednesday as a bipartisan legislative commission meets in Chicago. It's not yet clear how lawmakers will proceed, given that the federal government wants them to put a hold on their investigation of the program. How this all affects the race for governor remains to be seen.