News Headlines – April 12, 2018

Last Updated on April 12th, 2018

Written by Paul Bomleny

Illinois Prisons Need 420 Million-Dollars To Make It Till June

Illinois prison managers say they need 400 million-dollars or they won’t be able to make it till the summer. The Illinois Department of Corrections’ Director John Baldwin yesterday told an Illinois Senate panel that he needs 420 million-dollars immediately. The DOC is not the only piece of state government needing more. Lawmakers are looking at a billion dollar ‘supplemental’ spending plan to pay bills not covered in last summer’s budget.

Quad Cities Congresswoman Takes Shot At Retiring Paul Ryan

The Quad Cities’ congresswoman isn’t letting House Speaker Paul Ryan leave Washington D.C. without a parting shot. Democrat Cheri Bustos yesterday wished Ryan well after he announced his plans to retire as Republican House Speaker in January. But she also added that under Ryan’s watch the federal deficit exploded, and she accused him of handing out tax breaks to billionaires and corporations.

Young Adults The Biggest Users Of Tainted Synthetic Pot

Most of the people who are getting sick after smoking synthetic marijuana in Illinois are in their 20s and 30s. The Illinois Department of Public Health yesterday updated its count of people who’ve been treated for severe bleeding after smoking the fake pot. There are now 118 cases of bleeding in Illinois. The IDPH says most of them, 43 cases, are people between the ages of 25 and 34. The second biggest group of users are middle-aged adults between 35 and 44-years-old.

Illinois Senate Okays ERA

Almost 50 years after Congress approved the Equal Rights Amendment, the Illinois Senate did the same. State senators yesterday voted to ratify the amendment from 1972. The Illinois House will take a look at the plan next. Illinois lawmakers have voted for the ERA three times over the years, but never at the same time to ratify the plan. Though supporters say a number of other states are looking to do just that this year.