2019 Legislative Session Recap

During the most productive session in a generation, legislators balanced the state budget and passed the largest capital program in Illinois history: legalizing adult cannabis, establishing the Reproductive Health Act, expanding gambling and legalizing sports betting. CRS is excited to share two significant victories.

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Lift EVERY Voice

In 1939, sculptor Augusta Savage received a commission from the New York World’s Fair to create a piece she titled "Lift Every Voice and Sing." Viewing the statue, you cannot help but be awestruck by the incredible creativity, sheer effort, and numerous challenges Savage overcame to create this art piece. I offer for consideration that the very charge to "lift every voice and sing" is rife with those very same notions.

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Chicago Police Department Consent Decree: A History-Making Moment

On Thursday, January 31, 2019, history was made in Chicago. Never before has a court-enforced consent decree to reform a city's police department been filed without the support of the U.S. Department of Justice. Here in Chicago, with the final approval of Federal Court Judge Robert Dow, the first measure of this kind became a reality.

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