The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield will host new exhibits, features, and events this coming year. The facility's 10th anniversary will coincide with the 150th observance of Lincoln's assassination.
At an announcement this week, Clare Thorpe, who manages guest services at the museum, listed off a variety of events which will help celebrate the coming milestones, from the scholarly to the family-friendly. She says the museum is going digital; through tablets and smart-phones, visitors will be able to access supplemental info:
Illinois students are scheduled to take the new Common Core test this spring, despite a growing chorus of parents and educators opposing it.
To get some idea of how controversial the test is, consider this: The number of states that have legalized marijuana use -- 23 -- is double the number of states that have agreed to use this test -- just 11. Of those 11, only eight have agreed to use both the elementary and high school portions of the test. Illinois is one of these states.
Illinois lawmakers approved eavesdropping restrictions to replace those the state Supreme Court struck down.
The Senate voted yesterday to prohibit recording private conversations without the consent of everyone involved.
The measure exempts recording police in the line of duty, loud conversations in public or cheering fans at a ballgame. Critics objected the bill does not include provisions for police to wear body cameras.
The measure goes to Gov. Pat Quinn, who has not said if he will sign it.
A former Illinois state representative changes his plea in a child pornography case today as part of a plea deal.
Elgin Democrat Keith Farnham pleaded not guilty earlier this year to possessing, receiving and transporting child pornography. Prosecutors say Farnham possessed videos depicting illegal images of children, some of whom were allegedly under 10.
The defense asked the court to allow Farnham to remain free on electronic monitoring pending sentencing because he requires treatment for bladder cancer, hepatitis and pulmonary fibrosis.
State legislators are done with their work until Republican Bruce Rauner becomes governor next month. Members of the House finished their work Wednesday, and after a morning of debate, the Senate adjourned yesterday afternoon. The General Assembly meets over a two year cycle. This one is coming to a somewhat lackluster close. Though the House declared itself totally done, Senate President John Cullerton is leaving open the possibility of calling legislators back to Springfield. "But it's not anticipated we'll be having any more action.
Illinois lawmakers passed driver regulations for ridesharers.
The House and Senate approved creating statewide regulations yesterday for drivers working for services such as Uber and Lyft. It includes modified insurance requirements, background checks and a zero-tolerance substance policy.
Illinois Senators approved a plan last night that would hike the state's minimum wage to eleven dollars an hour.
Jackie Collins, a Chicago Democrat, says that would improve quality of life for low-income workers, and reduce their need for government assistance.
"I believe that what we are doing here, we will send a message to those corporations - the multi-billionaire corporations, that no longer will we support sub-par wages, in the knowledge that the government will help their workers afford food, housing and healthcare."