Archive, June 2016.

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On May 25, a series of laws intended to address the increasing use of heroin in the country were passed by both houses of the Illinois legislature. Both bills make it easier for those who have committed a drug offense and also struggle with opiate addictions to receive treatment, including medications, as part of their sentence. The laws await the signature of Gov. Bruce Rauner.
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A bipartisan bill to encourage the reporting of sexual assault in Illinois has passed both houses of the Illinois legislature and will be sent to Gov. Bruce Rauner for final approval. The bill is intended to improve the response of 911 operators, first responders, and law enforcement to sexual assault victims through implementing training, policies and procedures. It is also designed to improve procedures for the transmission of sexual assault evidence from hospitals to law enforcement agencies.
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Last week, a bill aimed at increasing state regulation over Illinois firearms dealers was defeated by a vote in the State House of Representatives. Prior to the vote, the bill underwent six major amendments. After its defeat, sponsor Kathleen Willis quickly filed a seventh version, although the spring session ended before a vote could be held. Concerns over the law’s potential to elicit unfair weapons charges continues to spark debate among members of both parties.
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Under Illinois law, sobriety checkpoints are a legal method used by police to find inebriated drivers and keep the state’s roadways safer. Sobriety checkpoints are police traffic stops that are not related to any individual suspicion of DUI. At temporary, random locations, police briefly detain and interview drivers. Those acting suspiciously are subjected to sobriety tests and, if they are intoxicated, charged with DUI.
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