Illinois is one step closer to lowering from 14 to 12 the age at which a child may legally be left at home alone.
The bill, House Bill 2334, passed the House with a vote of 111-1 on Wednesday.
The bill’s sponsor, GOP Rep. Joe Sosnowski of Rockford, said the current law – the strictest in the nation for more than 25 years – was a legislative overreaction to a case from 1992, when a St. Charles couple left their 9- and 4-year-old children at home to vacation in Mexico.
Representatives of the Illinois Community College Board told a Senate appropriations committee Thursday they were looking forward to a period of stability in higher education after weathering several years of state government dysfunction. “I’m excited to come before you and not be talking about drastic budget cuts,” ICCB Executive Director Brian Durham told the committee.