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The Majority Report 12/15/14 - Protecting privacy, remembering Topinka, commemorating Dixon


Balancing personal privacy and public accountability

Sen. Raoul - Balancing personal privacy and public accountabilityYou have the right to remain silent. You have the right to an attorney. And in Illinois, you have the right to record police officers.

That wasn't always the case. But after the Illinois Supreme Court ruled in March that Illinois' eavesdropping law violated the First Amendment, Senator Kwame Raoul and Representative Elaine Nekritz started working on legislation that would protect individual privacy, while keeping citizens from being prosecuted for holding cops and other public officials accountable. Their proposal, which the General Assembly recently sent to the governor, greatly expands the public's right to record police officers as they go about their duties.

Read more about eavesdropping



Judy, we will miss you

Judy, we will miss youThis past week, Illinois lost a true leader when Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka passed away.

The Chicago Tribune's editorial page invited Senate President John J. Cullerton to write about his experiences with Topinka. His was among the many tributes to the trailblazing, charismatic woman who dedicated more than three decades of her life to public service.

Read President Cullerton's Chicago Tribune commentary piece

Read tributes from other Senate Democrats




State Museum to bear Dixon's name

State Museum to bear Dixon's nameThe Illinois Senate adopted a resolution during the last week of the fall veto session renaming the Illinois State Museum after former lawmaker Alan Dixon. Dixon passed away July 6, one day before his 87th birthday.

Senator James Clayborne (D-Belleville) sponsored the resolution honoring the Belleville native who served Illinoisans as a state representative, state senator, treasurer and U.S. senator. Dixon began his career in Illinois government when he was elected to the House of Representatives in 1950 at 22 years old. He retired from the U.S. Senate in 1993. The Illinois State Museum is located on the Capitol grounds in Springfield.

Museum named for Dixon




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