Legislation that will change the way cemeteries are regulated and that will offer a video-conference option for families to visit prisoners are among several bills that were signed into law this week, according to Senator Tim Bivins. 

Also, a nonpartisan research institute is touting a plan that it says could fix Illinois’ pension problems.

On January 19, Governor Pat Quinn signed legislation that will impose new regulations on cemeteries. House Bill 1188 (PA 96-0863) was introduced in response to the scandal at Burr Oak Cemetery in Chicago. Cemetery workers are currently awaiting trial on felony charges that they dug up bodies and then resold burial plots.

Though religious and government cemeteries have been partially exempted from the legislation, approximately 12 percent of the Illinois cemetery industry will be fully regulated under the new law. Republicans and several downstate Democrats opposed the measure, Senator Bivins said." />

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