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New Illinois laws take aim at high maternal death rates, racial disparities New Illinois laws take aim at high maternal death rates, racial disparities

New Illinois laws take aim at high maternal death rates, racial disparities

Illinois is taking steps to combat troubling maternal and infant mortality statistics after one lawmaker was moved to action by a series of reports which showcased the state’s and country’s maternal health shortcomings. Pregnancy-related complications kill more mothers in the U.S. than in any other developed country, and African-American mothers die at three to four times the rate of white mothers.
Pritzker vetoes school BB gun disciplinary bill; plans to work with sponsors Pritzker vetoes school BB gun disciplinary bill; plans to work with sponsors

Pritzker vetoes school BB gun disciplinary bill; plans to work with sponsors

Gov. J.B. Pritzker used only his fifth veto on Senate Bill 2124 Tuesday, a measure state Sen. Chapin Rose, a Mahomet Republican and the bill’s sponsor, said was written to “close a loophole” in a state law, which he said ties school districts’ hands in dealing with incidences in which students bring BB guns to school to cause panic and disruption.
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