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An Illinois lawmaker is looking to legalize the possession of noise suppressors in Illinois in order to reduce the risk of hearing damage from firing a gun.

The State Journal-Register reports the bill proposed by Democratic Sen. William Haine of Alton is among dozens of firearm-related bills that have been introduced by Illinois lawmakers this year.

Haine says noise from firearms is a public health concern for hunters and those who shoot for sport.

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Chicago Public Schools officials say they'll restore $15 million of once-frozen discretionary funds to some of the district's poorest schools.

The move increases the district's budget gap to $129 million.  

Officials had reduced principal's discretionary funds to cut costs. The money is used for school supplies, among other things.

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Former Lake County Coroner Thomas Rudd has pleaded not guilty to five counts of perjury.

Rudd entered the pleas Friday in Lake County Circuit Court. The 70-year-old is accused of having nominating petitions with signatures of people who were dead or who later claimed they didn't sign when he was seeking re-election in 2016.

Rudd dropped out of the Democratic primary after it was determined he didn't have enough valid signatures on his nominating petitions.

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has convened legal and civil rights organizations in the wake of what she calls ``troubling'' executive orders issued by President Donald Trump.

  

Groups attending Thursday's summit include Arab American Family Services, the Chicago Urban League and Lambda Legal. Group leaders say they fear escalating hate crimes.

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Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan is forming a panel to pick up where a recent commission left off revamping the state's outdated public school funding formula.

The Chicago Democrat announced the panel Thursday. He says the group will address questions left unanswered by a funding reform commission convened by Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner last year.

That commission reported its findings earlier this month. It concluded Illinois must change how it funds schools to ensure all students are properly educated. But it produced no legislative proposals.

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