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Chicago Democrats Clash Over Illinois House Seat

Friday, June 03, 2011

CHIP MITCHELL, WBEZ 91.5 | LINK TO ARTICLE

A top Chicago official is criticizing the way her party is filling her former Illinois House seat.

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Illinois House Approves Registry To End Acid Attacks

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

HANNAH HESS, STLTODAY.COM | LINK TO ARTICLE<

The Illinois House unanimously approved a measure designed to prevent acid attacks, a violent crime that disfigures victims with a wash of caustic acid. Read More >>


House Passes Amendment to Strengthen Illinois' DNA Database

Friday, April 08, 2011

ILLINOIS ATTORNEY GENERAL LISA MADIGAN, | LINK TO PRESS RELEASE

House Passes Amendment to Strengthen Illinois' DNA Database
Springfield — Attorney General Lisa Madigan today applauded the House for passing a bill (HB 3238) to strengthen the state’s DNA database. The bill, which was sponsored by Rep. Susana Mendoza (D-Chicago) who worked closely with Madigan’s office, requires all registered sex offenders to provide a DNA specimen and calls for collecting DNA of people arrested for the most serious violent crimes after they are indicted or after a court finding of probable cause.
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Illinois Lawmaker Aims to End Acid Attacks with New Registry

Thursday, March 17, 2011

HANNAH HESS, STLTODAY.COM | LINK TO ARTICLE

Two glass containers full of sulfuric acid left 28-year-old Karli Butler "financially, emotionally and, you know, physically devastated," the Chicago resident told an Illinois House committee today. Butler testified on behalf of a bill that would require individuals buying products containing corrosive or caustic acid, like the materials used in her attack, to log their names on a registry.
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State Rep. Susana Mendoza Wins House Panel OK for Bill Targeting Illinois Sex Offender DNA

Friday, March 11, 2011

DAVID ORMSBY, THE ILLINOIS OBSERVER | LINK TO ARTICLE

An Illinois House panel yesterday approved legislation that would further harness DNA to target criminal sex offenders and other criminals by toughening mandated specimen submissions to the Illinois state police.
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Mendoza's Speech Before the Vote to Abolish the Death Penalty

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

SUSANA MENDOZA, ILLINOIS STATE REPRESENTATIVE

Rep. Susana Mendoza's speech on January 6, 2011 to the Illinois House of Representatives before the vote to abolish the death penalty.

The House and Senate voted on January 6, 2011 to abolish the death penalty in Illinois and sent the measure to Governor Pat Quinn’s desk.
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ABC: Inaguration Day in Illinois

Monday, January 10, 2011

ABC | LINK TO ARTICLE

Governor Pat Quinn, Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon and other elected state officials were sworn in to office Monday in Springfield under heightened security.
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Illinois House leaves town without voting on income-tax hike

Friday, January 07, 2011

RAY LONG AND MONIQUE GARCIA, CHICAGO TRIBUNE | LINK TO ARTICLE

House lawmakers left town today without voting on a major income-tax increase as doubts emerged about whether there's enough support to pass it.
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Income tax hike deal reached; Death penalty abolition advances

Thursday, January 06, 2011

DAVID MCKINNEY, CHICAGO SUN-TIMES | LINK TO ARTICLE

Gov. Quinn struck a deal with the Legislature’s ruling Democrats Thursday to raise the state income tax by 75 percent and boost the tax on cigarettes by $1 a pack — while a push to abolish the death penalty scored a historic legislative victory.
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Illinois House votes to abolish death penalty

Thursday, January 06, 2011

RAY LONG AND TODD WILSON, CHICAGO TRIBUNE | LINK TO ARTICLE

The death penalty would be abolished in Illinois under legislation the House approved for the first time Thursday, but the ban's fate is uncertain in the final days of the General Assembly's lame-duck session.
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