Illinois Supreme Court certifies 3 problem-solving courts

CHICAGO (AP) – The Illinois Supreme Court is carrying out a new certification process that’s aimed at bringing accountability to the state’s problem-solving courts. Problem-solving courts address mental health and addiction issues of people in the criminal justice system by connecting them with treatment. On Tuesday, the Illinois Supreme Court announced the certification of the…

Illinois to implement bereavement leave for members of public employee union

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – Leaders of a public-employee union say Gov. Bruce Rauner administration’s plans to implement bereavement leave for union members is meant to distract Illinois workers and the public from larger contract negotiation issues. The State Journal-Register reports the contract terms will give American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees members paid…