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June 3, 2017

Op-Ed: Don’t use Forfeiture Laws to Target Innocent People

Illinois shouldn’t be permitted to seize your property just because someone in authority has a hunch it’s tenuously connected to a crime. But, right now, that’s the law. The state’s forfeiture rules let Illinois and local law enforcement officials grab cars, cash, real estate or pretty much any personal property at any time. They just have to suspect that property …

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June 3, 2017

Hastert loses $28,000 State Lawmaker Pension After Vote

Two suburban members of the board governing the Illinois General Assembly’s public pension system were the only dissenters Wednesday in a vote that revokes former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert’s legislative pension. The five members of the seven-member board who voted to strip Hastert of his $28,000-a-year pension argued that the cover-up of sexual abuse of students he taught and …

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June 3, 2017

Dem State Senators Pass Pieces of Tax, Spending Package

Democrats in the Illinois Senate, frustrated with the state’s 22-month budget impasse, moved Wednesday to pass much of a multi-piece tax and spending plan that their Republican counterparts said wasn’t quite ready. A $36.5 billion spending plan passed out of the chamber Thursday and heads to the House. The package includes measures that would allow slot machines at Arlington Park …

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