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September 2014 Archives

State Attorney Pushes for Court Program Funding Despite Budget Cuts

While Kane County State Attorney Joe McMahon is cutting costs ahead of his planned budget process, he is still pushing for more funds for certain programs. He believes that programs dealing with defendants with mental health issues have been effective so far and need more support.

Banks Fumble Over Illinois' Concealed Carry Law

On July 9, 2013, after a protracted battle, Illinois became the last state in the nation to allow citizens to carry firearms in public. Before the 2013 legislative session, legislators from both parties presented, but failed to pass a concealed carry law - making Illinois the only state that had a complete ban on concealed weapons.

Governor Quinn Facing Lawsuit Again In October

In addition to his Republican challenger in this November's election, Illinois governor Pat Quinn is facing a more immediate contest. An anti-patronage lawyer filed a lawsuit in July 2014 requesting an investigation into the hiring process in the state's Department of Transportation. The legal professional wants to make sure that the ban on political hiring for private-sector jobs has not been violated.

Medical Marijuana Rules to Take Effect Soon

Illinois legislation has taken effort to create the toughest medical marijuana laws in the nation. The law allowing the use of medical cannabis was signed by the governor in 2013 and took effect on January 1st, but actual implementation of the program has yet to take place. This is largely due to the fact that until recently, the rules have been under work by four different government agencies.