News Headlines – November 9, 2017

Last Updated on November 8th, 2017

Written by Paul Bomleny

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(Undated) — Here’s the latest news: Illinois lawmakers are done with their response to claims of sexual harassment at the Illinois Capitol. A new law would give DCFS workers the same legal protections as cops and firefighters. A sleeping judge is not enough to get spree killer Nicholas Sheley a new trial. Cook County leaders are looking to ask voters next spring if they’d like to see Illinois legalize marijuana.

>>Illinois Lawmakers Quickly Approve Sexual Harassment Laws

(Springfield, IL) — Illinois lawmakers are sending a series of new laws to Governor Rauner that are supposed to curb the culture of sexual harassment at the statehouse. Among the new plans approved yesterday are a ban on harassment, as well a new a law that eliminates the statute of limitations on sexual harassment complaints that may have fallen by the wayside at the Capitol while there was no legislative inspector general. The plans all head to Governor Rauner’s desk for his signature.

>>McCombie Introduces Law To Give DCFS Workers Enhanced Protections

(Springfield, IL) — A new plan in Springfield would give DCFS case workers in Illinois the same kind of legal protections as police officers and firefighters. Quad Cities state Rep. Tony McCombie introduced the plan this week. She says the law stems from an attack near Dixon that left a DCFS worker in a coma. Current state law does not offer enhanced penalties for people who attack civilian state employees.

>>Sheley Convictions Stand, Despite Claims That Judge Slept At Trial

(Ottawa, IL) — Spree killer Nicholas Sheley won’t get a new trial even though the judge in his first case fell asleep on the bench. An Illinois appeals court yesterday ruled that even though Judge Jeffrey O’Connor fell asleep during Sheley’s 2014 trial, Sheley’s conviction will stand. The court said that simply because the judge fell asleep, does not mean that there was an irreversible error in the trial.

>>Cook County Leaders Want Advisory Referendum On Legal Pot

(Chicago, IL) — Voters in Cook County may see a question on the March ballot about legalizing marijuana. But the plan right now is simply for an advisory referendum on whether the state of Illinois should legalize the drug. Cook County Commissioner John Fritchey yesterday said that legalizing marijuana could bring-in between 300 and 700 million-dollars in new money to the state. Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle also support the advisory vote.

>>Guilty Plea For Metro East Man In Trump Threat Case

(Edwardsville, IL) — A Metro East man is likely looking at six months in prison for threatening President Trump. Joseph Pickett pleaded guilty last month, he’ll be sentenced in February. The Secret Service says Pickett posted several times online that he’d like to assassinate the president. Investigators say his co-workers turned him in.