Despite Law, ‘Planned Abandonment’ Persists As Last Resort For Troubled Families

A law passed in 2014 was supposed to ensure Illinois families no longer have to give up custody of their children in order to get them necessary mental health treatment. Even so, for years families with no other options have been forced to abandon their children to get them the help they need, and legislators [...]

Study: Intensive Agriculture Drives Midwest Climate Changes

As agriculture intensified in the 20th century, summers in the Midwest became wetter and cooler. Researchers at MIT, in a study published this month,…

The publisher of a newsletter about the criminal justice system filed a lawsuit this week against the Illinois Department of Corrections alleging that multiple state prisons barred inmates from receiving all or part of several publications. The complaint alleges that inmates who subscribe to Prison Legal News (PLN), a 72-page monthly newsletter that includes news, analysis and [...]

Even With No Budget, Illinois Spends And Spends

Gov. Bruce Rauner is scheduled to unveil his fourth budget proposal Wednesday in a speech to the General Assembly. Illinois lawmakers only enacted a budget for one of the three years he’s been in office. That led to service cuts and some layoffs, but the state didn’t collapse. For most people, life went on as [...]

As States Embrace Cannabis As Opioid Alternative, Science Lags Behind Policy

Across the country, states desperate to prevent opioid addiction are considering medical cannabis as a solution. Lawmakers in several states are looking to initiate or expand their medical marijuana programs including Kentucky, New York, New Jersey and Indiana. And in Illinois, where opioids have claimed nearly 11,000 lives over the past decade, the legislature is considering a measure that would allow patients with an [...]

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