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by Ellyn Fortino
Thu Aug 6, 2015

Illinois Legislature Recognized For Passing Key Progressive Policies In 2015 (UPDATED)

Illinois got a nod in a new top 10 list of progressive policies passed during state legislative sessions this year.

The State Innovation Exchange (SiX), a group working with state legislators to advance progressive policies across the country, compiled the list. SiX was formed in an effort to counter the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a group that crafts and pushes conservative, corporate-friendly state legislation.

According to SiX's review, the top 10 state-level progressive measures approved thus far in 2015 involve the following: closing the wage gap for women and minorities; accommodating pregnant workers; implementing earned sick leave; expanding access to higher education; tackling the student debt crisis; reducing carbon emissions; modernizing voter registration; repealing the death penalty; increasing police accountability and public safety; and preventing abusers and stalkers from obtaining guns.

"We are convinced that progressives are right on the issues and the SiX review of the states bears that out. From advancing the economic security of working families to improving access to voting we saw that even in a map that is deeply red, progressives were able to achieve some important policy victories in 2015," SiX Executive Director Nick Rathod said in a statement. "I'm confident that as SiX grows and is able to better resource, train and organize legislators around the country, we can help to see that progressives are able to achieve more of the types of policy victories like those that made the list this year."

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by Robert Dietz
Wed Mar 9, 2011

Death Penalty Repeal Ends An Ugly Era (VIDEO)

At a signing ceremony today, Gov. Quinn put to rest the flawed death penalty system in Illinois.

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by Robert Dietz
Mon Jan 24, 2011

Legal Community Pushes Quinn To Sign Death Penalty Bill

It's been nearly two weeks since Illinois lawmakers passed a bill to abolish the death penalty in the state, and Gov. Pat Quinn has yet to decide on whether or not he will sign the legislation.

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by Robert Dietz
Tue Jan 18, 2011

More Support For Commuting Death Sentences

As Gov. Pat Quinn continues to mull over his decision to sign legislation abolishing the death penalty, the conversation about what to with the 15 men currently sitting on death row in Illinois is heating up, too.

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by Adam Doster
Thu Jan 13, 2011

Burge And The Death Penalty

With the state's death penalty system hanging in the balance, it's worth remembering the troubled reign of Jon Burge. First documented by legendary Chicago reporter John Conroy, a special prosecutor's probe found that the now-infamous former Chicago Police commander oversaw the systemic torture of dozens of criminal suspects during the 1970s and 1980s.

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by Adam Doster
Mon Jan 10, 2011

Quinn Could Face Tough Death Penalty Decision

"I can't think of a more dramatic way to win a vote."