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‘Right to garden’ bill to challenge home rule powers ‘Right to garden’ bill to challenge home rule powers

‘Right to garden’ bill to challenge home rule powers

A three-year fight between an Elmhurst homeowner and the city’s government made its way to the Illinois Senate Wednesday as the local government committee mulled a statewide solution to the underlying dispute. Sponsored by Democratic Sen. Tom Cullerton of Villa Park, Senate Bill 1675 would allow Illinoisans, no matter in what municipality they reside, to construct temporary structures for gardening throughout the colder months, often referred to as “hoop houses.”

State legislators aim to address rising maternal mortality rate State legislators aim to address rising maternal mortality rate

State legislators aim to address rising maternal mortality rate

Deaths among pregnant and recently pregnant women have been on the rise in the U.S. for more than a decade, and a group of state lawmakers has introduced legislation aimed at reversing this trend in Illinois. “We’ve done a great job (in the U.S.) focusing on the child, but when it comes to the mothers, we haven’t,” state Sen Cristina Castro (D-Elgin) said Wednesday.

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