Illinois lawmakers approved eavesdropping restrictions to replace those the state Supreme Court struck down.
The Senate voted yesterday to prohibit recording private conversations without the consent of everyone involved.
The measure exempts recording police in the line of duty, loud conversations in public or cheering fans at a ballgame. Critics objected the bill does not include provisions for police to wear body cameras.
The measure goes to Gov. Pat Quinn, who has not said if he will sign it.
A former Illinois state representative changes his plea in a child pornography case today as part of a plea deal.
Elgin Democrat Keith Farnham pleaded not guilty earlier this year to possessing, receiving and transporting child pornography. Prosecutors say Farnham possessed videos depicting illegal images of children, some of whom were allegedly under 10.
The defense asked the court to allow Farnham to remain free on electronic monitoring pending sentencing because he requires treatment for bladder cancer, hepatitis and pulmonary fibrosis.
State legislators are done with their work until Republican Bruce Rauner becomes governor next month. Members of the House finished their work Wednesday, and after a morning of debate, the Senate adjourned yesterday afternoon. The General Assembly meets over a two year cycle. This one is coming to a somewhat lackluster close. Though the House declared itself totally done, Senate President John Cullerton is leaving open the possibility of calling legislators back to Springfield. "But it's not anticipated we'll be having any more action.
The “Fight For 15” movement rallied in Rockford again this week as the campaign marked its second anniversary. “We’ve been fighting and we’ve been doing whatever it takes to try and get a living wage,” said local spokesman Denzel Baldwin.
The rally begin at the McDonalds on Auburn Street and migrated to the Unitarian Universalist Church in Rockford. It included workers from industries other than fast-food. “This particular protest we are actually celebrating the Wal-Mart workers and home-care workers.” Baldwin said, “They are joining our campaign.”
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Advent Voices, Sunday, December 7, 10:00 a.m.
Advent is a time of quiet contemplation and waiting. It's waiting for darkness to become light and for hopes to be realized. Throughout the centuries Advent has been observed musically in sacred and secular ways. Join Lynne Warfel for an hour of the most beautiful vocal music inspired by and written for Advent.
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