Government and Legislature

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The Wisconsin state Senate's health committee is set to vote today on a bill that would outlaw research using tissue obtained from aborted fetuses.

University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers and private scientists oppose the measure. They argue it could end ground-breaking medical research that relies on fetal tissue cells.

Republicans amended the bill to outlaw research on fetal tissue cell lines obtained from abortions after Jan. 1 this year, but the researchers say they need new lines.

It's unclear how much support the bill has in the Senate.

Beloit’s City Manager is expected to file charges against the police chief and deputy chief.

The men have been under investigation for several months. On Friday, the city’s interim police chief announced a series of overhauls to the department.

Dan Plutchak  is editor of Stateline News, a weekly newspaper that covers Beloit. He says city manager Lori Luther scheduled a press conference for Tuesday, which could tie up some loose ends in the investigation.

Illinois lawmakers are increasingly trying to make it easier for residents to be involved in politics.

There will be a hearing Tuesday in Chicago on automatic voter registration. Another proposal goes in the opposite direction. But its sponsor says, it's for good reason.

Illinois' next election isn't until March, but you can go ahead right now and register to vote in it. More the procrastinating type?

A new state law says you can now also register right up until, and on, the day of the election. At any precinct.

Nominating conventions for the 2016 presidential race are nearly a year away, but names of potential Illinois delegates to both the Republican and Democratic meetings are popping up.
The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports that presidential campaigns have begun putting together their delegate slates.
Republican State Rep. Raymond Poe of Springfield backs former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. So does former GOP Gov. Jim Edgar.

Amanda Vinicky

Another lawsuit over a pension law was filed this week in Illinois, this time seeking to strike a law that reduced Chicago Park District pensions. That could be significant for other local governments, and future negotiations.

When it first passed, the park district pension law was seen as a possible model for future ones. That's partially because it had been drafted in cooperation with SEIU, the union representing park district workers.