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Bipartisan legislation result of successful negotiations between Rauner Administration, City of Chicago and General Assembly

SPRINGFIELD – Governor Bruce Rauner today signed a landmark criminal justice bill in his capitol office with Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson, Sen. Kwame Raoul (D-Chicago), House Republican Leader Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs), and other members of the General Assembly. The bill is a result of successful negotiations between the administration, City of Chicago and the General Assembly that will crack down on criminals who are repeat gun offenders, safely reduce the prison population, and create a more rehabilitative criminal justice system.

“This legislation provides new tools for law enforcement and the Courts to take on violent crime, while providing a second chance for non-violent, first time offenders,” Governor Rauner said. “This shows what is possible when leaders at all levels of government work together, and across party lines, to address the challenges facing our cities and state. It took several months of hard work, compromise and bipartisan cooperation – but together, we got it done.”

SB 1722 makes a number of changes to the criminal justice system to improve how we punish and rehabilitate gun offenders, as well as combat gang violence in Illinois. The bill will strengthen sentencing guidelines if they have committed a gun crime before. It also creates a First-Time Weapon Offender Diversion Program to address the underlying reasons why a young adult may have committed the offense.

The Illinois General Assembly has been called into special session by the Governor to continue to rectify the on-going budget impasse. State Representative Michael P. McAuliffe (R-Chicago) headed to Springfield hopeful for a resolution:

“Now is the time, more than ever, to get a budget deal accomplished. Illinois needs a comprehensive balanced budget with responsible reforms,” stated Rep. McAuliffe. “I am optimistic that with some additional good-faith negotiations, all four caucuses of the General Assembly will be satisfied with a compromise that works to end this impasse and put a stop to the fiscal instability. I have also opted to decline my allotted per diem and travel expenses."

The General Assembly will be in session for nine continuous days ending on June 30.
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The committee tasked with reviewing proposals for keeping the skies above O’Hare International Airport quieter by rotating traffic in overnight hours has voted, nearly unanimously, to forward a third test schedule to the O’Hare Noise Compatibility Commission.

ONCC is expected to vote on June 3 on whether to activate the test.

The first test, run for 25 weeks in the second half of 2016, was designed to see whether noise relief would be possible by alternating arrival and departure runways for overnight traffic. This meant different communities had predictable noise at night but no one had it every night.
The first test ended in December, but was popular enough to prompt a second rotation, with some tweaks, which started as a 12-week test at the end of April.

Some ONCC speakers have argued that there should be a delay, between activating new tests, for receiving public comment.

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