This item was adapted from a News-Gazette article by Jeff D'Alessio on January 31, 2023. See the full article for further details.
The Champaign Urbana Schools Foundation Awards for 2023 will recognize 6 honorees at the Foundation's April 14 annual awards gala on April 14 at the I Hotel & Conference Center. The News-Gazette gives a quick introduction (and photos) for the six honorees and, leading up to the gala, will feature more in-depth stories on each person.
One of the honorees, who will receive a "Local Hero Award" is a member of the LWVCC Board of Directors, Kanittha Fay. Below is a photo of Kanittha and the quick introduction of her in the News-Gazette article.
Adapted from January 23, 2023 email from Jim McGrath, Gun Violence Prevention Issues Specialist, League of Women Voters of Illinois, to LWVIL chapters.
I'm sending this to make sure you are aware that the restraining order the Effingham judge issued applies ONLY to Effingham County.
Judge issues restraining order in downstate challenge to ban on high-powered rifles
A downstate judge has issued a temporary restraining order to block the state's new ban on high-powered weapons and large-capacity magazines from being enforced against the plaintiffs in an Effingham County lawsuit. The restraining order does not apply statewide.
With guidance from the League’s Fundraising team, we’ll soon begin approaching individuals, local organizations, and businesses who share our commitment to civic engagement to request their financial support for this initiative. If you have contacts who might be interested in getting involved in this effort, please let us know by emailing VoterReady.LWVCC@gmail.com.
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This item was adapted from a "News You Can Use" email sent to members on January 18, 2023.
Criminal Justice: Pretrial Fairness Act
As it turns out, despite the governor signing the Pretrial Fairness Act into law, the end of Illinois cash bail system did not go into effect on January 1, 2023 as planned.
The constitutionality of the PFA was challenged by state’s attorney’s in 65 of Illinois’ 102 counties, and a Kankakee judge agreed with them, ruling the law unconstitutional. The ruling meant that those counties could keep their current cash bail system in place.
The Illinois state’s attorney’s office appealed the decision to the Illinois Supreme Court, which then halted the PFA statewide in the final hours before it was to go into effect on January 1. This ensures the integrity of the state’s justice system, by preventing a situation where people in some counties would be subject to different laws than those in other counties.
The Illinois Supreme Court has said it will hear the case quickly, but has not set a date. Read more from the ACLU about the end of money bond in Illinois.
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