SPRINGFIELD, IL – State Senator Jacqueline Y. Collins (D-16th) secured passage today of a measure designed to prevent child sexual abuse by educating elementary school students and training school personnel to respond to signs and reports of abuse. She partnered with former sexual abuse victim Erin Merryn, an Illinois native and Western Illinois University graduate who has advocated for similar laws in other states and in Congress. Glamour Magazine featured Erin as 2012 Woman of the Year for her efforts to help other children avoid or escape the kind of abuse she suffered as a young child.
Good behavior, staying drug-free could lead to expunged records for non-violent crimes
SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Senate passed, by a bipartisan vote of 52-1, State Senator Kwame Raoul (D-13th)’s plan to allow first-time, non-violent offenders to have their records expunged immediately upon the successful completion of a two-year diversion program similar to probation. The Offender Initiative Program would apply to arrestees convicted or indicted on charges of burglary, theft, forgery, possession of a stolen vehicle, or possession of an illegal drug.
Joliet – State Senator Pat McGuire (D-Joliet) this afternoon toured the Illinois Youth Center (IYC) Joliet. He was joined by a number of his colleagues, including State Senator Sue Rezin; State Representatives Jack McGuire, Emily McAsey, and Renée Kosel; Will County Executive Larry Walsh; and a representative from House Minority Leader Tom Cross’ office. After talking to Youth Center workers and discussing the likely consequences of closing the facility, Senator McGuire is urging the governor to reconsider his plan to close the juvenile detention center.