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Harmon measure targets Illinois’ murky police property seizure laws

harmon 021717SPRINGFIELD – The controversial practice of “policing for profit” in Illinois would come to an end under a massive overhaul of the state’s civil asset forfeiture law sponsored by Senator Don Harmon (D-Oak Park).

Senate Bill 1578 would require more accountability of law enforcement agencies that seize property while investigating possible crimes and more transparency on behalf of innocent property owners who want to get their belongings back.

Hunter, White work to expand organ donor registry

hunter 021517Secretary of State Jesse White joined State Senator Mattie Hunter (D- Chicago) in the Senate Public Health Committee today to announce new legislation that would allow 16- and 17-year-olds to register for the state’s First-Person Consent Organ/Tissue Donor Registry when they receive their driver’s license or identification card.

“Choosing to give life to another is a wonderful gift,” Hunter said. “Opening the donor registry will broaden the number of overall donations and save countless lives.”

Senate Dems' analysis of governor's budget plan raises questions

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After hearing Governor Rauner's speech to the General Assembly, Senate President John Cullerton provided caucus members with an analysis of the governor's 2018 budget proposal late yesterday. Prepared by Senate Democrats' Policy and Budget staff, the analysis looks at the increases, cuts and gaps in the budget.

The governor's proposal estimates revenues for 2018 of $32.7 billion and $37.3 in spending. It relies on the Senate's "grand bargain" plan -- still under negotiation -- for $4.6 billion toward that gap.

Illinois Legislative Black Caucus: Enough Is Enough (VIDEO)

ilbc presserAfter three years of the governor failing to fulfill his constitutional obligation to introduce a balanced budget, the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus assembled for a press conference to say enough is enough. The Illinois Legislative Black Caucus is a collection of black legislators from both the House of Representatives and Senate.

"I am not sure what could be said about the governor's three years of inactivity," said Assistant Majority Leader Kimberly A. Lightford (D-Maywood), chairwoman for the Joint Legislative Black Caucus. "Before he was sworn in he stated he wanted to shake things up in Springfield; in the process, he has shaken a hole in our state."