(SPRINGFIELD) Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan joined counterparts from seven other states to sue the Interior Department for rolling back protections for waterfowl, songbirds, and other migratory birds. The lawsuit says it’s long been accepted that the Migratory Bird Treaty Act prohibits the killing of migratory birds even when the intention wasn’t to kill them, which could include failing to cover chemical waste. The lawsuit was filed in New York federal court on behalf of Illinois, California, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts, New Mexico, and Oregon.
(SPRINGFIELD) A bill has been introduced in Springfield to repeal a law signed by Governor Bruce Rauner that expanded taxpayer-subsidized abortions. Filed by State Senator Sam McCann, who is also a Conservative Party candidate for Governor, says the law is “not only immoral, but also fiscally reckless.” While the law allows public funding for abortions for poor women as well as those covered under state employee health insurance, it also seeks to guarantee abortions would be legal in Illinois if the U.S. Supreme Court would happen to overturn the landmark Roe versus Wade decision on abortion rights.
(SPRINGFIELD) There’s good news for Illinois schools that want to visit the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, but lack the money to do so. Thanks to the Winnick Family Foundation, schools can now apply for grants to help them cover the expense of a future visit. The grants are for grades 4 through 12 in public and private schools with a low-income enrollment above 30 percent. The application deadline is October 15, 2018. While the Winnick grants will help defray the cost of transportation, the grant recipients will also get free admission to the Springfield facility. The field trip grants must be used between January 2 and December 31 of next year, 2019. Those interested should go online at www.bit.ly/Winnick2018 for grant applications or for more information and details, call 217-558-8935.