WBEZ | Illinois http://www.wbez.org/tags/illinois Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Whose Budget Impasse is Worse, Illinois or Pennsylvania? http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2016-02-11/whose-budget-impasse-worse-illinois-or-pennsylvania-114814 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/IL v. PA_OZinOH_Flickr.jpg" alt="" /><p><p dir="ltr">Next week, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner will give his budget address eight months into the state&rsquo;s budget stalemate. It&rsquo;s a situation Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf found himself in early this week.</p><p dir="ltr">We examine why these two states haven&rsquo;t been able to agree on budget deals and tell us how we might be able to solve that problem.</p><p dir="ltr">Chris Mooney, Director of the Institute of Government and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois and Joe McLaughlin, Director of the Institute of Public Affairs at Temple University in Philadelphia, explain some of the similarities and differences between the two states.</p></p> Thu, 11 Feb 2016 16:02:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2016-02-11/whose-budget-impasse-worse-illinois-or-pennsylvania-114814 With No Budget, Rauner Delivers State of the State Address http://www.wbez.org/news/no-budget-rauner-delivers-state-state-address-114626 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/AP_635754286879.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) &mdash; Republican Gov. Bruce&nbsp;Rauner&nbsp;used his State of the State address Wednesday to make another case for changes he says would make Illinois more competitive, even as he acknowledged that huge opposition from Democrats has prompted a record budget stalemate and crippled social services and other programs.</p><p>Rauner&nbsp;touched on many of the same agenda items he&#39;s pushed unsuccessfully for the past year: imposing term limits on lawmakers, freezing property taxes and allowing local governments to strip unions&#39; collective bargaining rights.</p><p>He also attempted to show he&#39;s taking a more bipartisan approach to 2016, saying again that he will back Democratic Senate President John Cullerton&#39;s plan to overhaul Illinois&#39; worst-in-the-nation pension system and referencing Cullerton&#39;s call for school funding reform in saying he wants to direct more money to classrooms.</p><p>&quot;All of us in this chamber had a difficult year together in 2015 as we debated a budget with structural reform,&quot;&nbsp;Rauner&nbsp;said. &quot;But it is not too late for this General Assembly to make historic progress for the people of Illinois.&quot;</p><p>But his roughly 40-minute speech made clear that the battle lines over a budget impasse about to enter its eighth month haven&#39;t changed. And Democrats &mdash; almost all of whom refrained from joining Republicans in applauding the governor &mdash; were quick to criticize.</p><p>&quot;Until I see substantive progress, my patience with this charade of cooperation has all but dissolved,&quot; said Senate Assistant Majority Leader Kimberly Lightford, a Democrat from Maywood.</p><p>Rauner&nbsp;and Democrats who control the Legislature have been unable to agree on a budget for the fiscal year that began July 1.</p><p>Democrats want the governor to approve a tax increase to help close a roughly $5 billion deficit.&nbsp;Rauner&nbsp;says he won&#39;t sign off on a tax hike until Democrats give him some of his &quot;structural reforms.&quot; Democrats have refused, saying those changes will hurt working families and drive down wages while helping Illinois&#39; highest earners get richer.</p><p>Without a budget, social service agencies have had to close and thousands of college students aren&#39;t receiving state grants to help pay for tuition.</p><p>Last week, Lutheran Social Services of Illinois announced that it would close 30 safety-net programs and lay off 750 employees because of $6 million in overdue bills from the state. The programs impacted include services for the homeless, mentally ill and seniors who need home care. Chicago State University has said that come March, it won&#39;t be able to make payroll.</p><p>The governor also touted his efforts to &quot;transform&quot; state government, from overhauling health and human services to reducing the state prison population by 25 percent over the next decade by focusing more on rehabilitation rather than imprisonment.</p><p>He called for holding schools more accountable through testing and offering low-income students more &quot;quality school choice options.&quot;</p><p>Illinois Federation of Teachers President Dan Montgomery ripped&nbsp;Rauner&#39;s&nbsp;plan as &quot;so-called education reforms&quot; that won&#39;t improve teaching or student success and said the governor has failed on his top responsibility &mdash; the budget.</p><p>&quot;His calls for bipartisanship are difficult to take seriously, especially given his identical words last year and his unwillingness or inability to lead since,&quot; Montgomery said.</p><p>Rauner&nbsp;noted that other places, including left-leaning states such as Massachusetts, have passed similar reforms and said he stands ready to work for a deal.</p><p>&quot;To achieve a grand compromise, we must cast partisanship and ideology aside,&quot;Rauner&nbsp;said. &quot;We must break from the politics of the past and do what is right for the long-term future of our state.&quot;</p><p><em>Associated Press writer Ashley Lisenby contributed to this report.</em></p></p> Wed, 27 Jan 2016 09:40:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/no-budget-rauner-delivers-state-state-address-114626 Training Teaches Schools and Parents How to Talk About Transgender Issues http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2016-01-21/training-teaches-schools-and-parents-how-talk-about-transgender <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/Trans Training-phs.d211.org_.png" alt="" /><p><div>This is the first week that a transgender student in Palatine will have access to the girls&rsquo; locker room. This comes after the U.S. Department of Education&#39;s Office for Civil Rights ruled the school in District 211 had violated Title IX by banning the student from the locker room.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Now, the district is taking a step beyond increased access. They&rsquo;re training staff and administrators with the tools of inclusion for gender non-conforming students.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Jennifer Leininger from Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children&rsquo;s Hospital leads this and other trainings in schools.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div></p> Thu, 21 Jan 2016 16:13:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2016-01-21/training-teaches-schools-and-parents-how-talk-about-transgender Bill Would Provide Money for Illinois to Pay Utility Bills http://www.wbez.org/news/bill-would-provide-money-illinois-pay-utility-bills-114515 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/8215022167_961e640e13_z.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) &mdash; An Illinois senator has introduced legislation that would authorize funding to pay for about $10 million the state owes for utility bills at government offices in the capital city.</p><p>Illinois owes Springfield&#39;s City Water, Light and Power more than $9 million, including overdue bills totaling more than $6 million covering electric, water, sewer and sanitary services. The city provides utility services to 90 separate accounts for state facilities.</p><p>The state hasn&#39;t had authorization to pay the bills because lawmakers haven&#39;t agreed on budget for the fiscal year that started July 1.</p><p>State Sen. Andy Manar, a Democrat from Bunker Hill, has filed a bill that would allow Illinois to use general funds and additional money from the previous fiscal year to cover unpaid utility bills that aren&#39;t covered in the current fiscal year&#39;s budget, <a href="http://bit.ly/1PmIjRu" target="_blank"><em>The State Journal-Register</em></a> reported.</p><p>&quot;If the state government were a residential customer, the state government&#39;s power would have been shut off,&quot; Manar said.</p><p>The utility has said that accounts are usually disconnected within 60 to 90 days of being overdue but it has been working with the state.</p><p>Springfield Mayor Jim Langfelder said no state building is in danger of losing power at this time.</p><p>The Springfield City Council is expected to vote Tuesday on a resolution asking Gov. Bruce&nbsp;Rauner&nbsp;and the Legislature to make utility services to state facilities an essential service so that electric, water and sewer bills can be paid.</p><p>The legislation is SB2230.</p></p> Tue, 19 Jan 2016 12:33:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/bill-would-provide-money-illinois-pay-utility-bills-114515 Federal Funds Unclaimed by Illinois Child Welfare Agency http://www.wbez.org/news/federal-funds-unclaimed-illinois-child-welfare-agency-114461 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/5437895862_fee63dc69f_z.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>CHICAGO&nbsp;(AP) &mdash; State officials say the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services lost out on millions of dollars in federal money in recent years because it failed to process paperwork.</p><p>Agency Acting Director George Sheldon estimates the agency likely missed out on about $40 million in federal funds in just the past two years.</p><p>He tells the&nbsp;<a href="http://(http://trib.in/1P0Xwh2" target="_blank"><em>ChicagoTribune</em></a> that after a months-long bureaucratic effort to fix the lapses, $21.5 million in new federal funds flowed to the agency this fiscal year.</p><p>Officials say hundreds of agency wards ages 18 to 21 were classified incorrectly, and the agency was collecting a little over half of its entitled federal funds.</p><p>Sheldon says the problem was due to paperwork and was largely a consequence of having eight agency leaders in five years.</p></p> Wed, 13 Jan 2016 11:01:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/federal-funds-unclaimed-illinois-child-welfare-agency-114461 Ruling Throws Illinois Hospitals' Tax Exemptions into Question http://www.wbez.org/news/ruling-throws-illinois-hospitals-tax-exemptions-question-114414 <p><p>CHICAGO&nbsp;(AP) &mdash; An Illinois appeals court decision has reopened a statewide dispute over whether hospitals should be exempt from paying millions of dollars in income taxes and property taxes to local governments.</p><div><p>The Illinois 4th District Appellate Court ruled Tuesday that part of a 2012 law that allows hospitals to avoid taxes is unconstitutional.</p><p>The issue, which brewed for years before a legislative compromise defined how hospitals could qualify for tax breaks, is likely headed to the Illinois Supreme Court, as well as lawmakers and Gov. Bruce Rauner, according to Laurence Msall of the Civic Federation, a nonpartisan government research group.</p><p>&quot;The Legislature could wait (until the Supreme Court rules), but issues will continue to mount,&quot; Msall said. &quot;The Illinois Department of Revenue needs some direction from both the Legislature and the (Rauner) administration on how to handle pending applications.&quot;</p><p>Five hospitals have applications for tax exemptions before the revenue department: Peoria-based Methodist Services Inc. (two applications), NorthShore University Health System in Lake Forest, Mercy Hospital and Medical Center in&nbsp;Chicago&nbsp;and Swedish Covenant Hospital in&nbsp;Chicago.</p><p>This week&#39;s ruling involves a case against the city of Urbana and other local taxing districts brought by Carle Foundation Hospital, which was seeking relief from taxes in 2004-2011.</p><p>A lower court sided with the hospital, but the appeals court reversed that decision, saying the Illinois Constitution allows lawmakers to exempt only property &quot;used exclusively&quot; for &quot;charitable purposes.&quot;</p><p>&quot;An unconstitutional statute is unenforceable from the moment of its enactment,&quot; the ruling states.</p><p>Urbana Mayor Laurel Prussing anticipates the hospital, which had been the largest taxpayer in the city of 41,000, will try to get the case in front of the Illinois Supreme Court.</p><p>&quot;Part of the inequity in the tax system is we have these very wealthy entities that can afford all kinds of lobbying to wiggle their way out of responsibilities,&quot; Prussing said.</p><p>Since 2012, Prussing said, the city has lost 11 percent of its assessed tax value since Carle was relieved of paying $6.5 million a year in property taxes &mdash; the vast majority of which went to Urbana and its school district.</p><p>Carle spokeswoman Jennifer Hendricks-Kaufmann said the hospital is considering options, including an appeal.</p><p>The Illinois Health and Hospital Association also expressed dismay, with spokesman Danny Chun saying the law &quot;had ended a decade of uncertainty regarding the test for hospital property tax exemption.</p><p>&quot;The law is clear, fair and reasonable,&quot; he added.</p><p>The Illinois Supreme Court weighed in on the issue in 2010, when it suggested nonprofit hospitals that behave like businesses shouldn&#39;t qualify for tax exemptions. Citing that court decision, the state Department of Revenue denied tax exemptions to three hospitals in 2011 and signaled more denials for other hospitals could follow.</p><p>That led to lawmakers&#39; actions in 2012, in which hospitals won a broad definition of charity care and were required to provide free care to some patients. Investor-owned hospitals, too, were included in the tax break in a little-noticed provision that cost the state $10 million a year in lost revenue, according to an AP analysis at the time.</p><p>&quot;This could require, in the end, an amendment to the Constitution in order to affect the needed change,&quot; said Msall of the Civic Federation, which supported the 2012 legislation as &quot;a reasonable compromise&quot; that balanced the interests of hospitals and government.</p></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 07 Jan 2016 15:16:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/ruling-throws-illinois-hospitals-tax-exemptions-question-114414 DCFS Inspector General: 8 State Wards Killed in Street Violence Last Year http://www.wbez.org/news/dcfs-inspector-general-8-state-wards-killed-street-violence-last-year-114406 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/laquan11.jpg" alt="" /><p><div>Laquan McDonald, the teenager shot 16 times by a Chicago police officer in October 2014, was one of eight wards of the state killed in street homicides last year, according to a newly released report by the watchdog of Illinois&rsquo; child welfare system. That number is more than twice as many as in any other year of the past five.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Denise Kane, the inspector general of Illinois&rsquo; Department of Children and Family Services, singled out the eight wards killed in street homicides in her latest annual report. She found that in the same time period the previous year, three wards were killed in street homicides.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Kane&rsquo;s report says wards killed in the state&rsquo;s 2015 fiscal year, which ran from July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2015, were teenagers, with the youngest being 14. In Illinois, wards can age out of the child welfare system at age 21.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Some of the circumstances surrounding the lives of the wards who were killed in street homicides in Kane&rsquo;s latest report point to the challenges DCFS faces in providing services to older teenagers, including some who reject government services. The inspector general found that the mother of one 18-year-old ward who was shot and killed around 7:30 a.m. in August of 2014 had tried to place the teen in a DCFS shelter, but was unsuccessful. When he turned 18 several months before his death, the ward voluntarily left his residential treatment facility to live, unauthorized, in a relative&rsquo;s home, the report states.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>A different 18-year-old ward of the state had been placed in a shelter after his adoptive parent made multiple, credible statements about wanting to kill the teen, according to Kane&rsquo;s report. He was largely missing from his shelter in the month leading up to his death in April 2015, and he had requested to return to his adoptive mother. &nbsp;That woman refused to accept him back, the report states. Three months before he died of multiple gunshot wounds, the teen ward became a father.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Kane wouldn&rsquo;t comment for this story, but she did include an unusually bold introduction to her report, &nbsp;telling Illinois&rsquo; governor and lawmakers they &ldquo;must have a collective conscience to remedy our social failings.&rdquo;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>She also wrote, &ldquo;When a ward is gunned down in the streets by an officer whose duty is to protect and there is no integrity to those reporting the incident, shame on us as a society.&rdquo;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The Chicago police officer charged with killing McDonald has pleaded not guilty.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>In a statement, Andrew Flach, a spokesman for DCFS, wrote, &ldquo;The Department is aware and concerned any time a child in the care of the state dies. However, the statistic should serve as a reminder that children in the care of the state are no more or less immune to the increased threat of street violence than any other child in the state.&rdquo;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>Tony Arnold covers Illinois politics for WBEZ. Follow him <a href="https://twitter.com/tonyjarnold" target="_blank">@tonyjarnold.</a></em></div><div>&nbsp;</div></p> Thu, 07 Jan 2016 10:52:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/dcfs-inspector-general-8-state-wards-killed-street-violence-last-year-114406 Flooding Puts Levees at Risk in Missouri, IL http://www.wbez.org/programs/here-and-now/2015-12-31/flooding-puts-levees-risk-missouri-il-114327 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/1230_missouri-flooding-e1451497180554-624x409.jpg" alt="" /><p><div id="attachment_98910"><img alt="A holiday wreath hangs from a light post surrounded by floodwater from the Bourbeuse River, Tuesday, Dec. 29 in Union, Mo. Flooding across Missouri has forced the closure of hundreds of roads and threatened homes. (Jeff Roberson/AP)" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/media.wbur.org/wordpress/11/files/2015/12/1230_missouri-flooding-e1451497180554-624x409.jpg" style="height: 406px; width: 620px;" title="A holiday wreath hangs from a light post surrounded by floodwater from the Bourbeuse River, Tuesday, Dec. 29 in Union, Mo. Flooding across Missouri has forced the closure of hundreds of roads and threatened homes. (Jeff Roberson/AP)" /><p>At least 18&nbsp;people have died in the flooding in central Missouri and Illinois.</p></div><p>Officials are ordering mandatory evacuations for thousands of residents as the Mississippi and Meramec Rivers surge; in some places to almost 50 feet, breaking records and threatening several levees across the region.</p><p>Here &amp; Now&rsquo;s Peter O&rsquo;Dowd spoke to&nbsp;Mike Colombo&nbsp;of local CBS station KMOV, who said residents of Valley Park, Missouri had an &ldquo;air of cautious optimism&rdquo; as they evacuated today.</p><p>&ldquo;Some of the people that I spoke with were a bit tongue-in-cheek when referring to the levees,&rdquo; Colombo added, &ldquo;saying, &lsquo;We know a lot of money was spent, a lot of time was put in to make sure they are the real deal.&nbsp;I guess we&rsquo;re gonna find out here in the next day or so.&#39;&rdquo;</p></p> Thu, 31 Dec 2015 10:09:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/here-and-now/2015-12-31/flooding-puts-levees-risk-missouri-il-114327 'Dangerous' Missouri Flooding Expected to Worsen http://www.wbez.org/news/dangerous-missouri-flooding-expected-worsen-114328 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/mo flood.jpg" alt="" /><p><div id="res461505578" previewtitle="Submerged roads and houses are seen after several days of heavy rain led to flooding, in an aerial view over Union, Mo., on Tuesday."><div data-crop-type=""><img alt="Submerged roads and houses are seen after several days of heavy rain led to flooding, in an aerial view over Union, Mo., on Tuesday." src="http://media.npr.org/assets/img/2015/12/30/missouri-flood-landov_custom-31c6b5e7450fe7c35820818557d682313f6693a8-s700-c85.jpg" style="height: 400px; width: 620px;" title="Submerged roads and houses are seen after several days of heavy rain led to flooding, in an aerial view over Union, Mo., on Tuesday. (Kate Munsch/Reuters/Landov)" /></div><div><div><p>The flooding in the Mississippi River Valley that has&nbsp;<a href="http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2015/12/29/461412273/towns-along-the-mississippi-river-evacuate-as-flood-waters-swell">already killed at least 18 people</a>&nbsp;in Missouri and Illinois could get worse before it gets better.</p></div></div></div><p>Willis Arnold of St. Louis Public Radio reports from Arnold, Mo., (about 25 miles south of St. Louis) that &quot;the water level is expected to increase a little bit&quot; and that residents feel like the flooding is going to get worse before it gets better. Arnold spoke with an aid worker who said he had been assisting with flood-fighting efforts for three days and expects to continue for two more days at least.</p><div id="res461505732" previewtitle="(At left) Volunteers use shovels atop a pile of sand as they help fill sandbags on Tuesday in St. Louis. (At right) Shovels lean against a sandbag wall on Monday in Kimmswick, Mo."><div data-crop-type=""><img alt="(At left) Volunteers use shovels atop a pile of sand as they help fill sandbags on Tuesday in St. Louis. (At right) Shovels lean against a sandbag wall on Monday in Kimmswick, Mo." src="http://media.npr.org/assets/img/2015/12/30/missouri-flood-ap_custom-063bc6f6dfff12b4e54d4406f905c501fd715e48-s700-c85.jpg" style="height: 205px; width: 620px;" title="At left, volunteers use shovels atop a pile of sand as they help fill sandbags on Tuesday in St. Louis. And at right, shovels lean against a sandbag wall on Monday in Kimmswick, Mo. (Jeff Roberson/AP)" /></div><div><div><p>The Associated Press reports that the Mississippi River &quot;is expected to reach nearly 13 feet above flood stage on Thursday at St. Louis, which would be the second-worst flood on record, behind only the devastating 1993 flood.&quot;</p></div></div></div><p>Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon&nbsp;<a href="http://www.cnn.com/videos/weather/2015/12/30/missouri-flooding-jay-nixon-weather-newday.cnn">told CNN Wednesday he was &quot;very concerned&quot;</a>&nbsp;about the flooding over the next day and night. Not only are the floodwaters expected to reach an all-time high, he said, but low temperatures increase safety concerns.</p><p>&quot;It&#39;s cold out there,&quot; Nixon said. &quot;This is not a summer flood. This is dangerous.&quot;</p><p>Arnold also says that a number of people told him they haven&#39;t slept in over 36 hours because &quot;they&#39;ve been out sandbagging and trying to protect their homes and possessions.&quot;</p><p>Reuters notes that &quot;past historic floods on the Mississippi in 1993, 1995 and 2011 all occurred during warm weather, after snow melts up north.&quot;</p><p>The news service adds:</p><blockquote><div><p><em>&quot;AccuWeather senior meteorologist Alex Sosnowski said it is highly unusual to have this kind of flooding in winter and more trouble could come in the spring.</em></p><p><em>&quot; &#39;The gun may be loaded again for another major flooding event,&#39; said Sosnowski, who cited the El Nino weather pattern as the source of recent heavy rains. &#39;You&#39;re not supposed to get this kind of heavy rainfall during the wintertime.&#39; &quot;</em></p></div></blockquote><p>&mdash;<em> via NPR</em></p></p> Wed, 30 Dec 2015 10:19:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/dangerous-missouri-flooding-expected-worsen-114328 New 2016 Laws in Illinois Include Directives for Police http://www.wbez.org/news/new-2016-laws-illinois-include-directives-police-114315 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/police_body_cameras_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>CHICAGO&nbsp;(AP) &mdash; Illinois police and sheriffs&#39; departments will have guidelines for using body cameras when new laws take effect in 2016.</p><p>Body cameras won&#39;t be mandated, but officers in departments that use them must keep them on when they&#39;re responding to calls or interacting with the public.</p><p>Law enforcement also will be prohibited from using chokeholds unless it&#39;s for self-defense.</p><p>The directives are among 237 new laws taking effect Friday, Jan. 1.</p><p>Here&#39;s a glimpse at some of them:</p><div><blockquote><ul><li>JUVENILE SENTENCING: Minors will no longer face mandatory life sentences without parole. Lifelong prison sentences can still happen for serious crimes, but judges will be allowed more discretion.</li><li>POWDERED ALCOHOL: Illinois is among 27 states to ban powdered alcohol before it&#39;s sold in stores. The makers of the product, called Palcohol, have gotten federal approval to sell it, but say on their website they&#39;re not looking for distributors in the U.S.</li><li>BOBCAT HUNTING: Hunting bobcats will be legal from Nov. 1 through Feb. 15. The aim of the new law is to control the animal&#39;s population.</li><li>911 PRANK CALLS: Intentionally calling 911 without a legitimate reason will come with a hefty price &mdash; up to $10,000 to reimburse local governments to recover associated costs.</li><li>CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTORS: Schools will be required to have them. Lawmakers took action after more than 180 students and staff at a rural Illinois school were taken to a hospital after a carbon monoxide leak in 2014.</li><li>PUMPKIN PIE: It will be the official state pie, because 90 percent of the pumpkins in the country are produced in Illinois.</li></ul></blockquote></div><div id="summary"><p>There will also be a requirement that people convicted of two DUI offenses have a breathalyzer in their car for five years instead of one year.</p></div><p>Mental health professionals also will be forbidden from practicing gay-conversion therapy on minors. And terminally ill patients will be allowed to try experimental drugs that haven&#39;t yet made it to market.</p></p> Wed, 30 Dec 2015 09:41:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/new-2016-laws-illinois-include-directives-police-114315