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House approves changes to the Health Care Right of Conscience Act

Senate could vote on bill Thursday; would take effect June 2022 if signed JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois House passed a measure Wednesday night that would give employers greater authority to enforce COVID-19 vaccine or testing requirements. The final vote came after 10 p.m. Wednesday, passing on a 64-52 roll call…

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Blackhawks GM resigns, team fined after sexual assault probe

JAY COHEN and STEPHEN WHYNO AP Sports Writers CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Blackhawks mishandled allegations that an assistant coach sexually assaulted a player during the team’s Stanley Cup run in 2010, according to an investigation commissioned by the franchise that cast a shadow over the NHL on Tuesday. Stan Bowman, Chicago’s general manager and…

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DNA brings pain, closure to family of John Wayne Gacy victim

KATHLEEN FOODY The Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — In the fall of 1976, Carolyn Sanders received an exciting postcard from her brother. “I’ll see you soon cause I love you,” Francis Wayne Alexander — known to his family as Wayne ó wrote to his younger sister. She hadn’t spoken with him since his 1975 wedding…

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Latest congressional maps draw more criticism for Dems

Democratic chair concedes politics played a role in redistricting PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois SPRINGFIELD ñ The latest draft of a new congressional district map for Illinois met with much of the same criticism as the first draft during a House committee hearing Tuesday. The latest proposal from legislative Democratic leaders was released Saturday. It divides…

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Second legislative map draws howls

Districts appear to favor Democrats in 2022 by 14-3 margin PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois SPRINGFIELD ñ Democratic leaders in the General Assembly released a second draft of proposed congressional district maps over the weekend as they prepare to head into the final three days of their fall veto session. Like the first set of maps…

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Northern Illinois police fatally shoot sword-wielding man

DEKALB, Ill. (AP) ó A northern Illinois police officer shot and killed a man after he approached officers with a Samurai sword raised over his head and pointed the weapon at them, police said. The shooting early Monday in DeKalb came after a woman called police to report that a man inside a home had…

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Pritzker urges child vaccination as changes to Health Care Right of Conscience Act emerge

Federal approval of  vaccines for  children 5-11 could come next week JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois SPRINGFIELD ñ An amendment to the Health Care Right of Conscience Act that allows an employer to fire a worker for noncompliance with COVID-19 vaccine or test requirements surfaced Monday ahead of the final three scheduled days of legislative action this…

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Judge: No order barring union from discussing vaccine order

SOPHIA TAREEN  Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) ó An order barring the president of the police union from making public statements encouraging members to disobey the cityís COVID-19 vaccine mandate expired after a judge on Monday denied a request to extend it.  Earlier this month, Cook County Judge Cecilia Horan granted the cityís request  for a…

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Illinois Democrats unveil new congressional map

CHICAGO (AP) ó Illinois Democrats have unveiled updated congressional maps that propose a second Latino-leaning Chicago area district and could mean primary matchups for two Democratic incumbents in the suburbs and in two other races featuring Republican incumbents.  Democrats, who control state government and redistricting in Illinois, released the revised maps Saturday. The maps come…

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