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Marijuana legalization bill advances without public details; Sponsor says substantial amendment should be filed by end of April

By Jerry Nowicki Capitol News Illinois There are no details filed yet for a bill to legalize recreational adult-use marijuana in Illinois, but that did not stop the state Senate Executive Committee from voting on the measure April 3. As it stands now, Senate Bill 7 is what is referred […]

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Lombard woman pleads guilty to murdering mother; State recommends 30-year maximum sentence for Stephanie DeFalco

DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin announced last week that a Lombard woman pleaded guilty to strangling her mother to death last year. Stephanie DeFalco, 29, appeared in court in front of Judge Jeffrey MacKay where she entered a blind plea of guilty to one count of first-degree murder. […]

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Ripper Crew member released from prison Friday; Man serving 70 years for killing Elmhurst woman will live in Aurora

By Dee Longfellow For The ELMHURST Independent   Over the weekend, the Independent learned that 58-year-old Thomas Kokoraeleis, a convicted murderer and one-time resident of Villa Park, was released from the Illinois River Correction Center outside of Peoria on Friday, March 29. Kokoraeleis, a member of the notorious “Ripper Crew” […]

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‘Tobacco 21’ bill clears State Senate; Measure heads to governor’s desk

By Rebecca Anzel Capitol News Illinois A four-year effort by lawmakers and advocates to raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco products in Illinois appears nearly complete now that legislation approved by both chambers heads to Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s desk. The Senate successfully passed the measure last Thursday by a […]

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‘Right to garden’ bill to challenge home rule powers; Dispute between Elmhurst, homeowner makes way to Statehouse

By Grant Morgan Capitol News Illinois A three-year fight between an Elmhurst homeowner and the city’s government made its way to the Illinois Senate last week as the local government committee mulled a statewide solution to the underlying dispute. Sponsored by Democratic Sen. Tom Cullerton of Villa Park, Senate Bill […]