It looks like lawmakers will wait until next session to take on Proposition 4, the Better Boundaries ballot initiative passed by voters last November that creates an independent redistricting commission.
Herbert G. McCann, Associated Press | PostedFeb 16th - 11:44am
Reform is not a concept usually embraced by Chicago politicians known for their patronage, but after corruption charges were filed against a powerful alderman and a court got involved in overseeing the city's troubled police department, the word is now on the lips of the 14 candidates running for mayor.
A majority of Senate Republicans aren't behind hate crimes legislation to enhance the punishment for targeting victims because of race, religion, sexual orientation or other characteristics, Senate President Stuart Adams said.
Current law does not allow for people who encounter sexual violence outside current or former romantic relationships, such as from acquaintances, to apply for protective orders. A bill discussed by Utah lawmakers this week would give them the option.
Holly Ramer and Bob Salsberg, Associated Press | PostedFeb 15th - 7:01am
William Weld, a former governor of Massachusetts who two years ago ran for vice president on the Libertarian Party ticket, has become the first Republican to announce a challenge to President Donald Trump in the 2020 primaries.
The race to succeed Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has attracted a diverse group of candidates, including businesspeople, a former federal prosecutor, an ex-police superintendent, veteran politicians and community activists. The election will take place Feb. 26. If no candidate gets more than 50 percent of the vote, the top two vote-getters will face off April 2.