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Illinois Democrats are advancing plans preventing people with mental illnesses from legally owning firearms.

The plans target state gun owner's identification cards, which allow people to possess firearms. The bills are up for consideration this month by the House and Senate chambers.

One plan would temporarily suspend gun permits of people who show signs of being a danger to themselves or others.

A petition could be filed in any circuit court by someone who lives with the person. Gun rights advocates say that infringes on constitutional rights.

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Governor Bruce Rauner today is approving a compromise between Republicans and Democrats that sends emergency money to public universities.

    

But that compromise doesn’t mean the two parties are getting along any better.

This state money is coming just as Chicago State University had said it would close its doors Friday.

The top House Republican Jim Durkin says it took Chicago State’s closing to get Democrats and House Speaker Michael Madigan to quit playing games.

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A student at tiny Alwood High School in Woodhull, Illinois, inspired legislation that will affect military funerals across Illinois.

When a member of the military is laid to rest, the funeral traditionally concludes with three volley shots and the playing of Taps.

But finding a musician available to perform on short notice can be a challenge.

Contract negotiations between Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and a union representing Illinois state workers have reached the state labor board.

Both sides are making arguments regarding whether labor talks have stalled.

Rauner asked the Illinois Labor Relations Board to determine whether negotiations are at an impasse.

The declaration would allow Rauner to impose his own terms for the 36,000 members who the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees union represents.

A man who alleges he was sexually abused by former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert decades ago and was later promised $3.5 million to stay quiet has filed a lawsuit saying he's only been paid about half the money.

The person known as "Individual A" in court documents filed the lawsuit Monday in Yorkville, the northern Illinois city where Hastert allegedly abused several boys while he was a wrestling coach at Yorkville High School.

In the lawsuit, "Individual A" says he's owed $1.8 million under the agreement.

Lawmakers Push Equitable Funding For K-12 Schools

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Legislation pending in the Illinois state senate would shift some funding for public schools from wealthy suburban districts to those with lower property values and more children living in poverty.

The goal of the measure is to fix the state's school funding formula, which has been called the most inequitable in the nation.

While the State Board of Education is still crunching the numbers to see which districts would gain or lose funds, a group of downstate lawmakers today said they were - quote - "staking out turf" in favor of equitable funding.

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The Illinois House passed legislation today requiring health insurance plans to cover birth control.

Democratic Rep. Elaine Nekritz of Northbrook says this is already federal law, but the proposal's aim is to ensure women in Illinois have access by allowing a 12-month prescription. 

The measure had significant pushback from representatives who oppose abortion because it includes emergency contraception. 

​Republican Rep. Dwight Kay, of Glen Carbon, says the legislation is burdensome to businesses.

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An error by the Illinois Department of Revenue means local taxing districts that receive disbursements from a personal property-tax replacement fund must repay an estimated $168 million to the state.

A statement from the department says the misallocation was identified when the department implemented its new general ledger system.

The department says the misallocation began in 2014 under former Gov. Pat Quinn's administration following an amendment to the Illinois Income Tax Act.

About 6,500 Illinois taxing districts are impacted by the misallocation.

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The Illinois House has approved a property-tax freeze _ one of the key points on Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner's agenda.

The measure doesn't apply to home-rule governments like Chicago and prohibits school districts from getting any more in property tax revenue than they did in 2015 unless voters approve an increase in a referendum.

The House voted 71-31 Thursday on the proposal by Democratic Rep. Jack Franks of Marengo.

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