La Shawn Ford

Daisy Contreras / NPR Illinois

Illinois is joining 35 other states this year attempting to give divorced couples equal parenting time. The issue is stirring debate among family law attorneys, mental health professionals, parents and others.  

"Cigarette" By Flickr User Conan / (CC BY 2.0)

The Illinois House passed a measure today that decriminalizes selling loose cigarettes to adults aged 18 and older.

The legislation's sponsor says the change was inspired by the arrest and subsequent death of Eric Garner in New York.

Garner was arrested for selling loose cigarettes and died after a New York City police officer restrained him in a chokehold.

Representative La Shawn Ford of Chicago...a Democrat who sponsored the legislation... says changing the penalty to a petty offense like a traffic violation would benefit courts and taxpayers. 

Lawmakers Suggest Bill To Recall Chicago Mayor

Dec 10, 2015

Two Chicago Democrats are proposing legislation that would allow city voters to recall their mayor.

Democratic Rep. La Shawn Ford filed legislation Wednesday outlining a lengthy process for a city special election. Ford tells Chicago's WBBM-TV that people have lost confidence in Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

State Representative Mary Flowers says the recall bill probably couldn’t apply to Emanuel, since it hasn’t been passed and he’s already elected.

Flowers represents the Gresham neighborhood on the city’s South Side, where she says Emanuel hasn’t brought enough jobs.