Illinois House OKs Bill To License Professional Midwives

SPRINGFIELD — The certified professional midwife profession in Illinois moved one step closer to becoming an officially licensed occupation on Thursday with the passage of House Bill 3401. HB 3401 creates the Licensed Certified Professional Midwife Practice Act, which would license individuals who perform out-of-hospital births and have earned the credentials associated with being a professional […]

Democrats Push Repeal Of Abortion Law Mandating Minors Notify Parents

SPRINGFIELD — Some Democratic lawmakers want to repeal an abortion law that requires girls under the age of 18 who are seeking an abortion to notify their parents at least 48 hours before the procedure, with some exceptions. Under the current law, the notice requirement doesn’t apply if a minor is accompanied by an adult […]

Mandatory K-12 Sex Education Bill Advances In House

SPRINGFIELD – An Illinois House committee advanced a bill Wednesday that would mandate all public school districts in the state provide a comprehensive, age-appropriate curriculum on sex education, sexual abuse awareness and healthy relationships for all grades, K-12. Illinois currently has a law that leaves the option of teaching sex education up to the discretion […]

217 Today — Dec. 11, 2020

Friday December 11, 2020 Today’s headlines:  Governor JB Pritzker’s administration is sending Illinois National Guard medical staff to assist with Coronavirus testing and screening at three of the state’s four veterans’ homes. The governor’s office last week announced the 50 counties in Illinois that would be first in line for vaccine distribution for healthcare workers, a demographic […]

Illinois Lawmaker Seeking Capitol Parking for Pregnant Women

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SPRINGFIELD — An Illinois legislator wants the state to set aside reserved parking spots for expectant mothers and parents with a newborn child at the Capitol Complex. Rep. Katie Stuart, an Edwardsville Democrat, said a pregnant lobbyist raised concerns about the issue during the last legislative session, The State Journal-Register reported. Secretary of State Jesse White’s office […]