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Senate welcomes Mayor of Mexico City

Miguel Angel Mancera, Mayor of Mexico CityToday the Senate had the honor of welcoming Miguel Angel Mancera, Mayor of Mexico City.

Dr. Mancera has a long-standing commitment to public service. Before becoming mayor, he served as an advisor to municipal officials before becoming Attorney General of Mexico City in 2008.

Grieving Staunton parents plead for stricter DUI custody laws for underage offenders

conors law 050217SPRINGFIELD – Conor Vesper was a happy child, a joy to raise, a compassionate friend to all, an animal lover, valedictorian of his high school class, a college biology major on a full-ride scholarship and a young man with a bright future, his mother recalled through tears Tuesday.

“We were blessed and honored to be a part of Conor’s life,” Alice Vesper said, addressing a panel of state senators with her husband, Jack, at her side and surrounded by photographs of their son taken at the family’s home in Staunton.

McGuire seeks answers from DCFS in death of Joliet child

mcguire 030717 1714SPRINGFIELD — In the wake of the tragic death of a 16-month-old girl 33 hours after a state inspection found no reason to remove her from her home, State Senator Pat McGuire, D-Joliet, asked the director of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services what is being done to investigate the death.

Semaj Crosby was found dead April 25 under a couch in a home in unincorporated Joliet Township. She had been reported missing just hours after the state inspector’s visit, triggering a search by scores of first responders and volunteers.

Stadelman passes measure protecting ‘right to Yelp’

yelp 050217SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Steve Stadelman (D-Rockford) secured passage of legislation that protects the rights of consumers to leave honest online reviews of products and services without fear of retaliation.

The measure prevents companies and service providers from enforcing non-disparagement clauses included in sales contracts. Such clauses typically include language that prohibits consumers from leaving negative feedback about the retailer. Oftentimes, particularly online, a consumer must accept the terms of a contract before completing a purchase.