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Letter to the editor: Lessons learned from the April 2017 murder of 17-month old Sema'j Crosby motivated recent General Assembly action to protect children.

The Illinois Senate on May 17 passed House Bill 4885, which make children under five in families receiving Department of Children & Family Services (DCFS) Intact Family Services automatically eligible for the state's childcare program. HB 4885 also makes these children who are under age three eligible for Early Intervention, the state program to identify and address disabilities and developmental delays. This legislation benefits families investigated by DCFS in three ways:

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McGuire cautions pushing state museum costs onto local governments

Legislation that would have reopened the Illinois State Museum and all of its branches, one of, which is in Lockport, was rejected by the governor.

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Legislators holding several public events this week

State Sen. Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant, Sen. Pat McGuire and Rep. Natalie Manley are holding town halls, advisory committee meeting and other events for constituents.

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Senate passes minimum wage

State Senator Pat McGuire (D-Crest Hill) voted in favor of raising the minimum wage along with his colleagues in the Senate today.