Nine months after the Illinois Supreme Court struck down the state’s eavesdropping law, the legislature passed a bill to replace it. The legislation, which defines eavesdropping and its consequences, is currently waiting on the governor's desk.
Already, the proposed law faces criticism, and a flurry of misinformation.
Here's a sampling of some headlines from around the web:
"Illinois Passes Bill That Makes It Illegal To Record The Police"
"Illinois law would make recording the police a felony"
Gov. Pat Quinn called a special legislative session for Jan. 8, 2015, to create a special election in 2016 for Illinois Comptroller. Incumbent Judy Baar Topinka died last week after winning re-election in November.
“60 Minutes” shined a light Sunday on the issue of patients denied mental health treatment by doctors who never even saw them. That’s despite mandatory coverage for mental health services under the Affordable Care Act.
A public memorial service for the late Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka is scheduled for next week. The service will be held Wednesday morning at the Operating Engineers' Local 150 headquarters in Countryside.
Topinka died unexpectedly this week after complications from a stroke. Fellow state leaders, colleagues and family are scheduled to attend.
Meanwhile, Illinois officials are trying to figure out who has the power to name the state’s next comptroller and for how long.
Illinois political leaders are remembering Judy Baar Topinka.
Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn says he's "heartbroken" about the death of Republican state Comptroller. Topinka's office says she died early Wednesday after suffering a stroke. Quinn called her "a trailblazer in every sense of the word" and a "force of nature."
Gov.-Elect Bruce Rauner, a fellow Republican, remembered Topinka for her "magnetic, one-of-a-kind personality." He said she cared "about what was best for the people" of Illinois.
The death of Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka raises questions about how to fill her post. According to the state Constitution, it's up to the Governor to appoint a successor until the next election. But election officials are unsure about the process.
That's because the term ends January 12 and an election has already been held. State Board of Elections Director Rupert Borgsmiller says they are not sure how to handle it: "Nobody knows at this point by looking at the Constitution and the election code itself."
It looks like Congress can avert a government shutdown, as tomorrow’s deadline to approve a spending bill approaches. Northern Illinois Congressman Randy Hultgren says there’s still a lot to pull together in the next few days.