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Big crowd fills Capitol to protest abortion bills Big crowd fills Capitol to protest abortion bills

Big crowd fills Capitol to protest abortion bills

Legislators, advocates and hundreds of Illinoisans crowded the rotunda of the Capitol on Wednesday to condemn a package of reproductive health measures that would revise abortion law.

The bills are proposed by four Democrats from both chambers of the General Assembly. One would allow a minor to get an abortion procedure without notifying her parent or guardian. The other would repeal and replace the state’s abortion statute with language supporters say is more up-to-date.

Teacher licensing tests come under fire in Illinois Teacher licensing tests come under fire in Illinois

Teacher licensing tests come under fire in Illinois

Looking for ways to ease the state’s growing teacher shortage, some Illinois lawmakers are again turning their attention to the battery of tests that prospective teachers must take to be licensed, arguing those tests deter many college students from trying to enter the profession.

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