A sign urges Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner to sign House Bill 4469

Rauner: Won’t sign bill to ease voting by jail inmates without changes

The Illinois governor said he could not support giving jail inmates easier access to vote, as long as the bill also included a provision that required corrections officials to make sure prisoners knew their voting rights upon release. The bill’s disappointed sponsor contends that the bill only required corrections officials to put voting rights literature into the packet handed to prisoners as they are freed.

Joy Williams at podium

Groups push Rauner on bill to ease voting by jail inmates

The organization Chicago Votes gathered 28,000 signatures as part of its effort, along with other progressive organizations and public officials, to convince the governor to sign into law a bill to make voting easier for those locked up in Illinois county jails. A spokesperson for the governor said he is weighing a variety of bills on his desk.

After criticism, Ill. state rep drops bill limiting access to police records

The sponsor of an Illinois House of Representatives bill that would have drastically cut public access to police records—including in cases of officer misconduct—killed the bill Thursday after searing opposition from civil rights and open government advocates, including the ACLU and the state attorney general’s office. The bill was prompted by a request from the city of Chicago Heights.