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House Roundup: House passes bill to ban private, for-profit detention facilities House Roundup: House passes bill to ban private, for-profit detention facilities

House Roundup: House passes bill to ban private, for-profit detention facilities

The Illinois House passed a bill that would prohibit private, for-profit companies from operating civil detention facilities in Illinois, a measure that would effectively block a project currently being proposed in the village of Dwight, about 75 miles southwest of Chicago.

Illinois already prohibits private prisons from operating in the state, and Rep. Kelly Cassidy, a Chicago Democrat who sponsored the bill, said it is meant to accomplish the same goals.

Lightfoot calls for statewide unity in speech to Illinois House Lightfoot calls for statewide unity in speech to Illinois House

Lightfoot calls for statewide unity in speech to Illinois House

Chicago Mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot issued a call for statewide unity Wednesday in a speech on the floor of the Illinois House of Representatives. “We are all Illinoisans, and we all have the best interests of our constituents at heart,” Lightfoot said. Lightfoot was elected mayor of the state’s largest city, and the nation’s third-largest city, in a landslide on...
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