The move could lower costs and ease the burden on the state's crowded prisons.
One of the proposals would reduce the number of people serving long sentences for theft. Another would mean the first or second time someone is caught with a small amount of marijuana, they would only face a petty offense.
It's part of a package from Rep. Mike Zalewski, who last year tried and failed to institute mandatory-minimum sentences on gun crimes. That was blocked over concerns even more people would be packed into the state's already massively overcrowded prisons.
Marissa Meli, 28, and Laura Meli, 27, have been in a relationship for more than eight years, and on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014 became the first same-sex couple outside of Cook County to get a marriage license.
Champaign County issued its first marriage license to a same-sex couple Wednesday, the second county in Illinois to do so. Laura and Marissa Meli are University of Illinois law students who've been a couple for eight years.
Saying that a Texas law barring same-sex marriage is unconstitutional and demeans the dignity of homosexuals, a federal judge struck down the law Wednesday. The ruling from U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia doesn't mean gay marriages can be held in Texas, however; he placed a stay on the decision, anticipating an appeal by the state.
The issue is widely expected to be settled eventually by the U.S. Supreme Court.
Rock Valley College plans to expand its aviation maintenance program at Chicago Rockford International Airport. The two sides announced the deal Tuesday. The airport will lease land to RVC for construction of a larger training facility.
Officials say they hope to significantly increase the number of students both participating and graduating from the program. They say higher numbers will help to attract new businesses for Rockford's aerospace manufacturing industry.
In light of the decreasing number of influenza cases in the Rock River Region, OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center, Rockford Health System, SwedishAmerican Health System, University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford, have lifted the visitor age restrictions.
According to a news release from the Winnebago County Health Department, the restrictions on visitors age 18 and under were put in place back in mid-January to limit the spread of influenza.
The Illinois Senate is considering limits on the ways law enforcement can use electronic tracking information. Privacy advocates and police are in favor of the change.
With the popularity of GPS-enabled smart phones, many people constantly broadcast their location. And Illinois law doesn't have much to say about how that information can and can't be used against them in court.
Privacy advocates want restrictions. And even law enforcement can be left guessing as to what's legal.
An Illinois lawmaker wants to make changes to the state's pre-paid college tuition program because he says it's dangerously close to financial disaster. State Senator Jason Barickman, R-Bloomington, says the problem is College Illinois' unfunded liabilities at the end of last fiscal year were nearly $450 million. He says it's because the state is locking in funds to families with no guarantee they will be there when young children eventually enroll in college.