News from the Illinois state legislature, governor and lawmakers in Springfield.

The arrest of Joe James, who was sleeping under a tree before he was grabbed, beaten and arrested, led to a race riot in Springfield.
A camera-equipped drone could’ve spotted Robert Eugene Crimo III on a building rooftop overlooking the parade before he fired 83 shots that killed seven people and wounded 48 more.
A white co-worker said it was part of a joke having nothing to do with race. One complaint from a Black employee called it “an overt, poignant and intentional display of intimidation and harassment meant to impose terror.”
Secretary of State Alexi Giannoulias, himself a carjacking victim decades ago, to announce funding to police departments statewide.
Patients rack up big medical bills because they don’t know financial help is available. A proposed law would mandate that hospitals screen the uninsured for financial aid.
Madigan’s crew put the arm on plenty of special interests.
Stretches of the inbound Kennedy will be blocked between the Edens Expressway and Ohio Street as part of a three-year construction project that’s sure to cause misery.
Under state law, local governments can prohibit video gambling machines from operating at restaurants or bars within their city limits. But both mayoral candidates favor lifting Chicago’s longstanding ban on the machines.
Starting next year, workers will begin to earn paid leave on their first day at a rate of one hour of leave for every 40 hours worked, up to 40 hours of paid leave for the year.
Jurors at the Dirksen Federal Courthouse are expected to get a close-up look at how Springfield operated in the last decade when four political power players head to trial.
Illinois Commerce Commission Chair Carrie Zalewski isn’t charged in the trial, but the indicted former chief of ComEd, Anne Pramaggiore, was asked to clout her father-in-law into a job with the utility, federal prosecutors claim.
Illinois Comptroller Susan Mendoza choked up telling the panel how her brother, a Chicago cop, was left disabled by COVID-19 but denied full disability benefits.
The case of Naperville gunshop owner Robert Bevis appears to be the first to challenge the ban in the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. A federal judge found it constitutional.
The former Chicago City Council member from Bridgeport offered a glimpse Wednesday of his life behind bars as he fought to keep from having his license to practice law suspended for three years.
Rob Jeffreys has led the department since June 2019. Acting director named during search for replacement.
A check of just over $30 was issued at the end of February to those who cashed initial settlement payments of $397, part of a $650 million compensation fund.
The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in a case that could derail hopes of canceled student debt for 1.5 million Illinois residents.
Heather O’Donnell of the Chicago social services agency Thresholds says the money is “an opportunity to really build up substance use care.”
The pharmacy chain not to sell the pills in 20 other states came after 20 Republican attorneys general threatened legal action. The decision prompted condemnation from Gov. J.B. Pritzker, who met with CEO Roz Brewer Friday.
The slips are empowering. People feel seen. They believe they’re making a difference. But the slip wars also provide a positive feedback loop for dark conspiracy theories.
Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul filed the brief to answer challenges to the assault weapon ban, arguing the nation’s founding fathers owned guns that could only shoot a single shot before reloading — proving assault weapons weren’t in “common use” at the time.
Hoping to allay concerns after the defeat of Mayor Lori Lightfoot, Paul Vallas and Brandon Johnson jointly agree to back the effort to land the 2024 Democratic convention.
The Illinois child-welfare agency for years has refused to issue “U visa” certifications to survivors of child abuse despite a law mandating that it must decide whether they qualify within 90 business days after they apply.
Both parties are jumping into smaller and local races. This is an unprecedented move, but perhaps we’re in unprecedented times.