(SPRINGFIELD) Governor Bruce Rauner signed a reform measure into law last Friday to change how ethics complaints are handled within state government amid continued fallout from sexual harassment allegations, including the ouster last week of Tim Mapes, House Speaker Michael Madigan’s chief of staff. Some believe the ethic reforms do not go far enough. In fact, the Governor encouraged lawmakers to further overhaul the process to make the commission that oversees the General Assembly independent. Many lawmakers agree that the Legislative Inspector General should be given the true independence to investigate all ethics complaints, not only sexual harassments complaints. Look for more debate.
(SPRINGFIELD) The Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting six more cases of Salmonella that match a multi-state outbreak strain. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is reporting sixty six (66) cases from the five states of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, and Ohio. The CDC investigation indicates pre-cut melons, including fruit salads, are a likely source of this multi-state outbreak. The IDPH is urging people not to eat pre-cut melon purchased for any Walmart store in Illinois although such stores have now removed any remaining pre-cut melons from their shelves. Check the IDPH website for new updates.
(CHICAGO) Illinois has become the 30th state to adopt the Uniform Bar Exam (UBE) as of June 8, this past Friday, when the Illinois Supreme Court approved it to be the main component for bar admission. The UBE is a nationwide test that allows test takers to transfer scores between states, greatly improving the mobility of Illinois attorneys. The Uniform Bar Exam for want-to-be attorneys will be given for the first time in Illinois starting in July 2019.