Six Counties in 60 Seconds
No protesters within 8 feet:
By a 27-to-11 vote, the Chicago City Council approved special buffer zones around health care facilities to keep abortion protesters away. Planned Parenthood of Illinois praised the vote and said thereAEs been a recent increase in protests at their clinics. Courts have generally ruled in favor of similar laws. The Chicago ordinance prohibits protesters from approaching within eight feet of a patient who is within 50 feet of a health care facility. Violators would be subject to fines of up to $500.
Activists seek council support:
Immigrant rights advocates are asking the Chicago City Council to continue its historically immigrant-friendly approach and support a push for federal immigration reform. The increasingly vocal call by activists has inspired Congressman Luis Gutierrez to craft a reform bill. The Chicago Democrat said details are coming Oct. 13. Activists say they want to ensure the Obama administration makes good on its pledge for reform.
Madigan wants crackdown:
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is calling for unannounced inspections of nursing homes and criminal histories of identified offenders living in the facilities. MadiganAEs letter Wednesday to the stateAEs public health director comes a day before a new task force is scheduled to meet to address assaults, rapes and murders in the stateAEs nursing homes. An Associated Press analysis found Illinois ranks highest in the nation in the number of mentally ill adults under age 65 living in nursing homes. Wendy Meltzer of the advocacy group Illinois Citizens for Better Care said she hopes task force members will solve problems rather than make excuses.
Anti-gang training available:
The Cook County sheriffAEs office is offering local law-enforcement officials a two-day training session on gang activity. …