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Bertino-Tarrant: More work to be done to address Hastert pension

jbt hastertSPRINGFIELD — State Sen. Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) issued the following statement in response to the Illinois General Assembly Retirement System (GARS) board voting to diminish former state legislator Dennis Hastert’s pension:

“The decision to diminish the monthly pension payout to Dennis Hastert does not dismiss the fact that he used his trusted position as a teacher and coach to prey on his young victims. It should be eliminated.”

Aquino: Tax returns an issue of transparency, not party

aquino 042017If Donald Trump was hoping people would forget about his tax returns after he took office, he is likely very disappointed.

Last Saturday, April 15, thousands gathered in cities across the country for Tax Marches organized to demand the release of the president’s tax returns and to protest the country’s current tax system.

Policymakers Speak about Experiences Legalizing Marijuana at Hearing Held by Steans, Cassidy

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Recreational use in other states has increased revenues, created jobs

CHICAGO –As the movement to legalize recreational marijuana gains popularity in Illinois, State Senator Heather Steans (D-Chicago) and State Representative Kelly Cassidy (D-Chicago) heard testimony addressing best practices for regulation and taxation on Wednesday, April 19 from experts around the country. This hearing was the first in a series that will address the wide variety of concerns regarding their legislation that would allow Illinois residents to possess up to 28 grams of marijuana and purchase marijuana products at licensed and regulated facilities.

Urbana's Courage Connection losing ability to shelter, counsel domestic violence victims: Bennett

dvpanel 040417 2SPRINGFIELD – For many abused women, domestic violence shelters are the last refuge from which they can begin to rebuild their lives. These very shelters, however, are now on the verge of closing due to the state’s historic budget impasse.

One such shelter is the Urbana-based provider Courage Connection. The facility is the only domestic violence shelter in Champaign-Urbana. In December, the provider learned that the $600 million in the state’s stopgap budget did not include its funding.