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Illinois Legislative Black Caucus urges Governor Rauner to sign comprehensive law enforcement reform package (VIDEO)

blackcaucus-53015The recent string of officer involved deaths prompted legislative leaders in the Black Caucus to address the concerns of both law enforcement and the communities they affect. State Senator Kwame Raoul (D - Chicago) passed Senate Bill 1304, which makes provisions for body cameras, independent investigators in officer-related deaths, special prosecutors and cultural competency training.

Illinois will be the first state in the nation to pass a comprehensive package of recommendations put forth by President Barack Obama’s police task force.

Saving children from harmful "therapy" practices

biss-conversion-52915SPRINGFIELD — Today the Illinois General Assembly took a stand against subjecting Illinois children to harmful mental health practices. Sadly, many have been victims of a harmful pseudo-scientific procedure. It is called “gay conversion therapy,” and is an attempt to change a young person’s sexual orientation from gay to straight.

To eradicate this practice and protect our young people, Senator Daniel Biss (D – Evanston) passed legislation through the General Assembly today that will prohibit licensed mental health professionals from providing such therapies.

Bertino-Tarrant cuts red tape for small businesses

redtapeSmall businesses often face too much red tape when dealing with the state.

With HB 3887, State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) hopes to make that process as efficient as possible and help improve the state’s business climate.

“Small businesses are the backbone of our communities,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “The state needs to make it easier for them to create jobs and improve the economy.”

Tom Cullerton reunites dogs and cats with owners

lostcat Willow the cat disappeared from her home. Jamie and Chris Squires thought they would never see her again. Little did they know that five years later, thanks to a microchip they installed, she would be found about 1,800 miles away.

State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) is working to ensure dog and cat owners are reunited faster by passing House Bill 4029.

This initiative requires animal shelters to scan a dog or cat within 24 hours of being taken into a shelter.