(SPRINGFIELD) Governor Bruce Rauner is renewing his call to reinstate the death penalty in certain cases in Illinois. Speaking at a Badge Retirement Service for slain Chicago Police Department Commander Paul Bauer yesterday, the Governor said “it’s time to bring in back.” Bauer was gunned down by a four time convicted felon back in February during a police chase. Illinois abolished capital punishment in 2011.
(SPRINGFIELD) The Governor has vetoed legislation that would permit experts to study the impact of supplemental feeding of wild deer. Those in favor of the proposal for the University of Illinois’ Prairie Research Institute study say it would help determine the health effects of supplemental feeding on deer herds and whether it would spread communicable diseases. Plus others say the supplemental feeding would ensure deer herds have proper nutrition during summer antler-growing season and in winter when natural food sources are scarce. The Governor said the study’s scope should be better defined and make clearer the involvement of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources as well as other law enforcement issues.
(URBANA) The University of Illinois campus senate is backing a Native American tribe’s stance that the school’s longtime Chief Illiniwek mascot is a degrading racial stereotype. The Academic Senate this week approved a resolution in a near-unanimous vote supporting the Peoria Tribe of Oklahoma’s statement against any use of the Chief as a symbol or mascot. Resolution sponsors say the Peoria tribe is the only one recognized by the federal government that includes descendants of the Illinois Indians who once lived in the Urbana-Champaign area. However, supporters say the past portrayal of Chief Illiniwek was totally about honor and respect of the Indian way of life. University officials dropped the Chief back in 2007 and during this week’s Senate meeting, Chancellor Robert Jones told those attending that the “Chief” will not return.