New law imposes fine for minors possessing e-cigarettes

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – Anyone under 18 who’s caught with electronic cigarettes or other tobacco-free nicotine products would face a fine or community service under a new Illinois law. Gov. Bruce Rauner signed legislation last week that imposes penalties for minors who possess e-cigarettes. State Sen. Julie Morrison sponsored the measure. The Deerfield Democrat says…

Illinois officials agree pension crisis is a priority

CHICAGO (AP) – Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner wants lawmakers to address Illinois’ worst-in-the-nation pension crisis “right away.” But despite a rare agreement between Rauner and Democratic Senate President John Cullerton, it’s unlikely a bill will advance anytime soon. Cullerton says it’s tougher than usual to pass a pension bill this year. That’s because of upcoming…

Last black University of Missouri curator steps down

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) – A second black member of the University of Missouri system’s governing board has resigned in a week, leaving no minority representation on the panel as the Columbia campus tries to mend from racial unrest. Gov. Jay Nixon on Monday confirmed the David Steward’s departure, which leaves three vacancies on the nine-member…