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Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed a slew of bills aimed at overhauling parts of the state's criminal justice system, including new rules for juvenile offenders.

Among the bills the Republican governor signed into law on Monday are proposals to change the minimum probation period for convicted juvenile, allow juveniles to immediately petition for expungement, and require an attorney be present when police question juveniles younger than 15.

Rauner says the criminal justice system should be approached "with more compassion."

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Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed a law eliminating sales taxes on feminine hygiene products.

The Republican signed the law Friday repealing so-called “pink taxes” on items such as tampons and menstrual pads. The change takes effect Jan. 1.

The Brennan Center for Justice says Illinois is the third state this year to eliminate the taxes after New York and Connecticut. California's State Assembly is close to sending a plan to the governor, and 11 other states proposed legislation this year.

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A judge has acquitted the former president of the village of Kingston in northern DeKalb County of misconduct and theft charges.

    

Judge Philip Montgomery found former Kingston Village President John Munro not guilty late Wednesday, according to the Daily Chronicle.

Munro called facing the charges "awful for our family."

Munro was charged with unlawful possession of a credit card, theft and official misconduct in October 2014 while serving as president of Kingston.

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Gay rights advocates say an Illinois Supreme Court ruling is a step backward for same-sex couples and will also harm all unmarried domestic partners.

The court on Thursday rejected 5-2 a claim by a Chicago woman who split up with her partner after nearly 30 years of living together. The two women split in 2008, years before Illinois legalized same-sex marriage.

Eileen Brewer was seeking a share in Jane Blumenthal's medical practice as restitution. Her attorneys asked the state high court to overturn its 1979 position barring such claims by unmarried partners.

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Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed an executive order banning the state from calling children under its care wards and instead instructing they be called "youth in care."

Rauner signed the order Friday afternoon at the Illinois State Fair. It says the change is necessary because referring to foster children as wards make them "feel they are part of a bureaucracy instead of a family."

It states that the way children are treated and labeled "has a substantial effect on their self-confidence and their trust in those they rely on."

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