(CHICAGO) State Attorney General Lisa Madigan is alerting Illinois residents to the School Violence Tipline, available for anyone to anonymously report threats of violence or weapons violations on school grounds in Illinois. The School Violence Tipline, available around the clock at 1-800-477-0024, was created to provide an anonymous way to report any threat of violence or weapons. The Tipline is answered by trained Illinois State Police telecommunicators who will refer the reports to local law enforcement agencies. If a caller is distressed or in need of immediate help, the call can be immediately forwarded to a mental health crisis worker as well. For immediate threats of violence or harm, callers are encouraged to contact their local 911. The Attorney General’s Office distributes posters to schools to inform students and teachers to the Tipline. For copies of the poster, schools can check the Attorney General’s website online.
(SPRINGFIELD) Governor Rauner last Friday granted six (6) clemency petitions while denying fourteen (14) other clemency petition requests. This was the twenty-third (23rd) set of petitions the Governor has reviewed since he took office just over three years ago. Each person granted clemency has recently undergone a criminal background check through the Illinois State Police’s Law Enforcement Agencies Data System. A granted clemency request for a pardon with expungement, which can only come from the Governor, allows the petitioner to seek expungement of their conviction through the Illinois court system.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) Today is recognized as Presidents Day 2018, celebrated on the third Monday of February in most all states. The Day originated to celebrate the birthday of George Washington, but in the late 1960’s Congress approved the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, which shifted several federal holidays from specific dates to predetermined Mondays, mostly to give employees additional three-day weekends in order to reduce employee absenteeism across the country. The Act included a provision to combine Washington’s birthday, which falls on February 22, with Abraham Lincoln’s birthday, which falls on February 12. While the federal law is still written as “Washington’s Birthday,” it was soon popularly understood to be a celebration of Washington, Lincoln, and all other citizens who served as President of the United States, thus evolving to become “Presidents Day.” It is a federal holiday observed in all but twelve (12) states, including Indiana, Kentucky, Kansas, Iowa, and Wisconsin. In Illinois today, all banks and financial institutions are closed, there will be no mail, plus all schools and government offices are closed.