Excerpts from recent editorials in newspapers in Illinois
August 19, 2019
Innocence Project founder seeks ‘conviction integrity unit’
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The co-founder of a group that has cleared a dozen people wrongfully convicted of crimes said Tuesday that the Illinois attorney general should create a "conviction...
Chicago-based US court to get 1st female chief judge
CHICAGO (AP) — The federal court for northern Illinois is getting its first female chief judge.
The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin reports Rebecca Pallmeyer will take over from the Chicago-based...
Illinois county backs memorial to Ryan, 2 other ex-governors
KANKAKEE, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois county has approved a memorial honoring three former governors from Kankakee, including convicted ex-Gov. George Ryan.
Illinois Democrats grill Rauner aide on death penalty plan
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Democratic legislators grilled a top aide to Illinois Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner Monday over a compromise plan to reinstate the death penalty in exchange for even stricter gun restrictions than the ones the Legislature approved.
CHICAGO (AP) — A high-profile federal prosecutor who helped convict a former Illinois governor of corruption has been named the new director for the Securities and Exchange Commission's nine-state region based out of Chicago.
COMMON SENSE: "Retired officer offers advice on guns" by Lowell police officer George Ryan (Feb. 27's Letters to the Editor) is incredible and makes so much sense. I have to agree with him on raising the age and installing metal detectors at the doors. We have to start somewhere. Arming teachers isn't the answer.
White changes mind, will seek 6th term as secretary of state
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White announced Thursday that he'll seek a sixth term, reversing earlier declarations that he would step down after two decades in an office that was tainted by corruption prior to his arrival.
"I'm your man," the 83-year-old Democrat told a crowd of 1,800 attending a brunch in Springfield hosted by the Democratic County Chairman's Association.
PONTIAC, Ill. (AP) — A 74-year-old man initially sentenced to death for killing a central Illinois woman in 1983 has died in prison.
Patrick Wright died on May 5 at the prison in Pontiac. The Herald & Review in Decatur (http://bit.ly/2t71gbi ) says he had heart failure, emphysema and other health problems.
Today (Wednesday, Jan. 11) is the 11th day of 2017 and the 22nd day of winter.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1908, President Theodore Roosevelt declared the Grand Canyon a national monument.
In 1922, insulin was administered to a diabetic patient for the first time; the extract would require further improvement before achieving success.
In 1964, the U.S. surgeon general issued the first U.S. government report concluding that smoking could be hazardous to health.
Trump’s Illinois race donations top other 2016 candidates
PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — A review of presidential nominee donations to Illinois politicians over the last two decades shows Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump gave money to both Democrats and Republicans, including imprisoned former governors Rod Blagojevich and George Ryan.