103rd District State Rep. Carol Ammons (D-Urbana)
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August 22, 2016

Ammons-Sponsored Prison Phonecall Bill Signed Into Law

Legislation curbing the cost of calls made by Illinois prison inmates has been signed into law by Gov. Bruce Rauner. It sets rates for inmates in Illinois correctional facilities at a maximum of 7 cents per minute for domestic calls. Sponsor and State Rep. Carol Ammons (D-Urbana) says that's about half the current rate.  Rauner signed four other related measures at adult transition center in Chicago Monday.

This Aug. 20, 2008 file photo shows the Pontiac Correctional Center in Pontiac, Ill.
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August 22, 2016

Six Illinois Prison Workers Treated After Inmate Attack

A prison in central Illinois has been placed on lockdown while state officials investigate the assault of six employees by five inmates. The Pontiac Correctional Center is on lockdown following the incident Sunday and will remain on lockdown until the department has finished its investigation.

Tammy Duckworth addresses students at the the Democrats booth at University of Illinois Quad Day Sunday
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August 21, 2016

Duckworth Backs Protection For Civilians In Syria

U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth says the country should lead an international coalition condemning the violence in Syria. She says if the country turns its back on victims like the 5-year old rescued from a partially destroyed apartment building in Aleppo, "we could potentially create a dialogue out there that America does not care about the victims of violence."

Standing water closes roads in Sorrento, La., Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016. Louisiana continues to dig itself out from devastating floods, with search parties going door to door looking for survivors or bodies trapped by flooding.
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August 20, 2016

Illinois Sends Flood-Relief Assistance To Louisiana

State officials have sent help to Louisiana after devastating floods hit Baton Route and other parts of the state. The Department of Central Management Services sent a volunteer this week to deliver 100,000 sandbags and 45 cots to help with the flood-relief efforts.

Illinois U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin participates in a political rally during Democrats Day at the Illinois State Fair Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016, in Springfield, Ill.
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August 19, 2016

Democrats Trumpet Trump at IL State Fair

Earlier this week, when Republicans rallied at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield, it was as though they were on that classic game show "Password," where no one was allowed say the name of their party's presidential nominee. Thursday, however, Democrats took the opposite tack, saying the name again and again.

Gov. Bruce Rauner signing legislation.
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August 18, 2016

Gov. Rauner Signs ‘Gabby’s Law’ Requiring Sepsis Protocols At All Illinois Hospitals

Governor Bruce Rauner signed legislation Thursday requiring all Illinois hospitals to have protocols in place for diagnosing and treating sepsis, which occurs when infection causes the body's immune system to attack tissue and organs. The legislation was nicknamed "Gabby's Law", after a 5-year-old Monticello girl, who died of sepsis after hospital doctors did not check for the condition.

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