Perhaps you've heard that Illinois has more units of local government than any other state—by a margin of thousands.
I'll bet you're not aware that it's actually quite hard to figure out how many units of government that is. The 2012 U.S. Census of Governments says we have 6,963, whereas the Illinois Comptroller, who collects financial reports from units of local government and posts information about them on this excellent website, will tell you we have 8,466. One can find a variety of numbers in between those two from all sorts of other sources, but you get the basic idea: There are lots of these things and they're hard to keep track of.This is the story of one of those units of local government: Evanston Township.
State Senator Michael Hastings (D–Orland Park) moved legislation today that would make it a felony to post sexually explicit videos or photos of another person, without their consent, to an Internet site.
“Revenge porn is the ultimate form of cyberbullying, and we currently don’t have a criminal recourse that would deter a person from committing this heinous act,” Hastings told members of the Senate Criminal Law Committee.
Diana Pisone, a resident of Oak Park who testified at the hearing, said her ex-husband threatened to post explicit pictures and videos of her on the Internet in 2010. At the time, her only course of action was to file an emergency order of protection against him, which has since expired. She is now worried that her ex-husband could follow through on his threat at any time.
Relacionados: El Presidente del Senado de Illinois, John J. Cullerton, advirtió que el estado enfrenta un déficit de casi 3 mil millones de dólares que podría causar dramáticos recortes a la educación, incrementar el costo de la matrícula universitaria y eliminaría los progresos fiscales que se han logrado en los últimos años.
Last Updated on Monday, 24 February 2014 13:50 Monday, 17 February 2014 12:05
Facing $3 billion budget hole, Cullerton calls for bipartisan solution
CHICAGO - Illinois Senate President John J. Cullerton today warned that the state faces a nearly $3 billion budget hole that could decimate school funding, send college tuition soaring and undo much of the financial progress that has occurred in recent years.
“I’m here to jumpstart a discussion on how we bridge a $3 billion gap. I’m here to urge my Republican counterparts to join the discussion so we can produce a bipartisan solution,” Cullerton (D-Chicago) told reporters at a news conference.
After years of federal and state budget cuts, the Illinois Poison Center is in imminent danger of closing its doors if it can’t find another source of income. State Senator Don Harmon (D-Oak Park) has a plan that could help the life-saving resource keep its doors open.
“We cannot allow Illinois to become the only state in the Union without a poison control center,” Harmon said. “This is literally a life-and-death issue.”
The Illinois Poison Center, which handles nearly 82,000 cases of potential poisoning each year, has announced that it will close June 30 if a solution cannot be found.
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