Illinois

Brian Mackey

The Illinois Legislature wrapped up its third day of a special session. Gov. Bruce Rauner called the meeting to force a budget deal before July 1, when the state crosses into its second year without a full spending plan.

A northwest Illinois state senator said the special session so far has been an exercise in frustration.

Tim Bivins, R-Dixon, likened the session to a classic sitcom.  

Governor Names New DCFS Director

Jun 23, 2017
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Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner has appointed Beverly (BJ) Walker as Director of the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS).

   

Walker has leadership and management experience from more than 30 years in human services and education.

She previously worked for the State of Illinois as Director of Community Operations for the Department of Human Services. Walker also served as Assistant to the Governor for Human Services Reform under Gov. Jim Edgar.

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Judges will be encouraged to prescribe longer sentences for repeat gun offenders under a plan signed into law by Gov. Bruce Rauner.

  

The idea is to help curb street violence in Chicago. Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson attended the bill signing Friday at the Capitol with the Republican governor.  

The law also introduces a diversion program for non-violent first-time offenders and creates a State Police-led violent crime intelligence task force.

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Gov. Bruce Rauner has threatened to reject a plan extending the funding mechanism for the state's 911 call centers, saying proposed fee increases are too high and the plan is loaded with other things.

The Republican's administration issued a Thursday memo, saying he seeks a "clean" extension bill by next week's end. That's when the plan sunsets. An extension is needed for 911 services to continue to get funding.

A former Illinois state representative who pleaded guilty to child pornography charges has died in prison.

The U.S. Bureau of Prisons says Keith Farnham died Sunday. The 69-year-old from Elgin had been serving an eight-year sentence at the federal prison in Butner, North Carolina.

The Democrat was elected to the Illinois House in 2008. He resigned in 2014 citing health issues and was charged one month later with compiling and trading more than 2,000 pornographic images of children online.

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