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DeKalb and Sycamore schools are finishing up necessary repairs on their water fixtures. That’s after some buildings had traces of lead in the water supply.

Six DeKalb elementary schools and two DeKalb middle schools recently had unsafe lead levels detected in the water. That’s according to reports shared by the school district.

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The Illinois Supreme Court has ruled that a state law banning guns within 1,000 feet of public park violates a Second Amendment right to self-defense.

Thursday's decisive 7-0 ruling vacates the 2013 conviction of Julio Chairez for carrying a gun near a park in Aurora, west of Chicago.

The 25-page opinion calls the law "a severe burden on the recognized...right of self-defense," including because it offers no exceptions for law-abiding citizens.

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Illinois Democrats want to raise the legal age for smoking or chewing tobacco from 18 to 21.

      

State Sen. Julie Morrison of Deerfield and State Rep. Camille Lilly of Oak Park say it will stop teenagers from starting a deadly habit.

The "Tobacco 21" measure would prohibit consumers younger than 21 from buying tobacco-based products including e-cigarettes and other nicotine products.

Almost all smokers start before they turn 21, according to the Respiratory Health Association.

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Two new proposals at the Illinois statehouse aim to hold lawmakers and other government officials accountable in cases of harassment or discrimination.

One measure would require city, county and other local governments to publish severance agreements with employees found guilty of misconduct on the government’s website and in local news sources for at least seven days. That would include the name of the employee receiving the payout, the dollar amount and an explanation of  what the employee was accused of.

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Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner is replacing the long-time watchdog of Illinois’ troubled child welfare system.

Denise Kane has been the inspector general of the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) for 24 years.

But Rauner quietly announced last week that he’s replacing her at the end of the month.

Ben Wolf is with the ACLU - which has monitored DCFS under a court order for decade.

“I never doubted for a moment that her heart was focused on the best interest of the children and not on anything else,” he said.

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