Illinois

Illinois state lawmakers are planning to assess how Medicaid cuts proposed by President Donald Trump's administration could impact vulnerable residents.

House Speaker Michael Madigan earlier this week asked Democratic state Rep. Greg Harris of Chicago to hold a hearing Thursday morning on what the changes could mean for Illinois. Harris chairs the Appropriations-Human Services Committee.

Madigan on Wednesday estimated that 1 in 4 Illinoisans would be impacted by congressional Republicans' plans to alter the Medicaid system by providing a set lump sum payment to states.

State lawmakers are closer to reviving an effort that failed last year to bring automatic voter registration to Illinois.

Democratic state Sen. Andy Manar of Bunker Hill is sponsoring a measure that would allow residents to automatically register to vote when they visit certain state agencies. A Senate committee sent it to the floor Wednesday on a 10-3 vote. Lawmakers approved a similar proposal last year, but Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoed it over concerns it lacked necessary safeguards.

Brian Mackey

Immigrant and refugee groups are calling for a long list of new state laws — from limiting cooperation with federal immigration agents to raising the minimum wage.

They rallied Wednesday in the Statehouse.

Sanjin Ibrahimovic was born in post-war Bosnia. He says the war pushed his parents from hospital administrators, to subsistence farmers, to refugees in Chicago.

A refugee himself, Ibrahimovic is a now a computer science major in college. He says he’s worried newer immigrants and refugees don’t have the same chance he did.

"streetlight" by Flickr User David McGregor / (CC X 2.0)

A nonprofit organization says people living in poverty in Illinois are more likely to become violent crime victims than higher wage earners whether they live in cities, suburbs or rural areas. However, geographic disparities persist.

The Heartland Alliance analyzed how poverty and crime overlap for the first time in the nearly two decades it's researched Illinois' poverty data. It released a report Wednesday.

Video footage released by Rockford Police Department

Brian Harrison will not face homicide charges for killing an Alpine Bank robbery suspect Jan. 20.

34-year-old Laurence Turner of Rockford collapsed from gunshot wounds after exchanging fire with Harrison.

Turner entered the bank shooting into the air before aiming at the Metro Security Guard on duty; Harrison fired back at Turner until he collapsed.

Security footage captured the incident.

Investigators determined the security guard’s use of deadly force was justified.

Harrison is a retired deputy for the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Department. 

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