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Illinois Becomes First State to Eliminate Cash Bail

Governor signs bill into law

(Newser) - Illinois on Monday became the first state to do away with cash bail. Democratic Gov. JB Pritzker signed a sweeping criminal justice reform bill into law, and said that piece of the legislation will take the state "from a system of pretrial detention that prioritizes wealth to one that...

Officials Bash Chicago Partygoers Who Stood 'Cheek-to-Jowl'

Police said 50 people were asked to leave Saturday's gathering

(Newser) - There's an unmistakable cough heard on a video clip showing dozens of people packed into a Chicago townhouse on Saturday. The woman who shared the footage on Facebook Live, only to be met with angry face responses, suggested partying was no different than grocery shopping. "Y'all go...

GOPer Sues Over Stay-at-Home Order: 'Enough Is Enough!'

Judge grants restraining order to Ill. congressman, allowing him to ignore Gov. JB Pritzker's mandate

(Newser) - Last week, JB Pritzker, the Democratic governor of Illinois, extended his state's stay-at-home order through the end of May to help control the spread of the coronavirus. It was a move that didn't please GOP Rep. Darren Bailey—and so Bailey sued. "Enough is enough!" Bailey...

Governors Dismiss 'Imaginary Clock'
Governors Dismiss
'Imaginary Clock'

Governors Dismiss 'Imaginary Clock'

Trump steps back slightly from Easter goal for ending coronavirus shutdown

(Newser) - Governors on Tuesday said they weren't buying into President Trump's desired timeline for getting Americans out of the house and working again. Trump had said earlier in the day he'd like the shutdown to end by Easter. He backed away slightly from that in a press briefing...

As Airports Jam, Ill. Gov Tells Feds to Get Their 'S@#t Together. NOW.'

O'Hare among airports hit by lines as feds struggle to screen hordes of travelers for coronavirus

(Newser) - As weary travelers returned to the US amid coronavirus-related travel restrictions, the AP reports that they were greeted with packed, hourslong waits for required medical screenings at airports. Posts on social media indicated passengers at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport waited upward of four hours in lines, eliciting criticism...

First Day of Legal Pot Sales in This State Was a Big One

Nearly $3.2 million of cannabis was sold in Illinois on Wednesday

(Newser) - It was freezing in many parts of Illinois on New Year's Day, but that didn't stop droves of people from standing in line for the state's first day of legal marijuana sales. And the day brought in a hefty haul: NBC Chicago reports that, per the state'...

In 11th State to Legalize Pot, a Bonus for 770K

It's not only OK to smoke marijuana recreationally in Illinois—pot convictions will also be expunged

(Newser) - On Tuesday, Illinois became the 11th state to legalize recreational marijuana for those 21 and over, and the bill makes another big move within its 610 pages. CNN reports that, thanks to HB 1438, about 770,000 state residents with convictions involving pot will be able to have their records...

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