- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 5, 2016

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - In a story April 4 about legislative action in the Illinois General Assembly, The Associated Press reported erroneously the name of the legislation to shorten the time juvenile suspects have to wait to see a judge as HB5043. The bill is HB5619.

A corrected version of the story is below:

The Latest: Bill to punish Illinois gun traffickers advances

Lawmakers gave initial approval to a bill that would create a new felony offense for buying guns in other states to transport them for sale in Illinois

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The Latest on legislative action from the Illinois Legislature (all times local):

7:15 p.m.

Lawmakers gave initial approval to a bill that would create a new felony offense for buying guns in other states to transport them for sale in Illinois.

Republican Rep. Jim Durkin, the GOP’s House leader and sponsor of the bill, says criminals are skirting Illinois’ background check requirements and mandate to have a license to purchase firearms by going to other states. He says his goal is to address rising gang violence in Chicago.

The bill would impose prison sentences of 4 to 20 years for a first offense and longer terms for subsequent convictions.

The proposal advanced out of House committee Monday and now goes to the full House for consideration.


4:10 p.m.

A proposal to speed up a juvenile suspect’s hearing before a judge is headed to the Illinois House floor.

The Juvenile Justice Committee overwhelmingly approved the plan by Evanston Democratic Rep. Robyn Gabel to require a hearing within 24 hours of a juvenile’s arrest - including on weekends and holidays.

The law currently allows 40 hours before a hearing. Proponents of Gabel’s plan say that’s too long to have a juvenile in police custody without having a hearing to determine next steps.

A spokesman for state’s attorneys in Illinois says prosecutors need more time to review cases before justifying the detention before a judge.

Republican Rep. Margo McDermed (mik-DUR’-mehd) of Mokena (moh-KEE’-nuh) says smaller downstate counties may not have budgets large enough to pay for judicial hearings on weekends and holidays.

The bill is HB5619.


3:30 p.m.

The General Assembly’s Republican leaders say the urgency for a budget is growing and it’s up to Democrats to make the move.

Christine Radogno (ruh-DOHN’-yoh) is the Senate Minority Leader. She says the 10-month-old budget stalemate is more important now that public schools are deciding how many teachers they can afford to keep and students are choosing colleges.

She and House Minority Leader Jim Durkin also say the debacle is spreading and pointed to the secretary of state having to pay $30,000 in overtime costs for its police officers to transport cash from driver’s facilities. The Associated Press reported Monday that the armored-truck company that did it quit for four months while awaiting $79,000 in back pay.

Durkin says Democrats will have to agree to at least part of GOP Gov. Bruce Rauner’s business-reform proposal before they’ll vote for a tax increase to mend the deficit.


3:10 p.m.

Illinois lawmakers rejected a measure that would have required medical marijuana products to carry warning labels about possible side effects.

Democrats who opposed the bill Monday argued the labels are unnecessary because doctors already give patients a briefing on what to expect from marijuana before prescribing it.

The House Substance Abuse Special Committee rejected the measure on 5-3 vote with only Republicans voting in favor.

The bill’s sponsor, Republican Rep. Dwight Kay, argued that people who are not medical marijuana users but may come in contact with it should be aware about possible side-effects like dizziness, impaired thought, or delirium.

Medical marijuana sales began in Illinois in November under a 4-year pilot program.


5:25 a.m.

The Illinois House returns to action Monday with a long list of legislation slated for committee hearings - but none about the unsettled budget that should have taken effect last July.

Bills up for consideration include regulation of daily fantasy sports betting and easing access to police video under the Freedom of Information Act. There is a bill requiring warning labels on medicinal marijuana to provide buyers information about side effects of marijuana use.

Other legislation would make cyberbullying by parents a criminal offense and ban drone flights when they could potentially deliver prison contraband.

A little over eight weeks remains in the scheduled spring session, and Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democrats who control the Legislature remain deadlocked on spending priorities and how to close a massive deficit.


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