Legislators are questioning the Governor’s commitment to a state commission on hate crimes – a commission which has yet to see any members appointed – as debate continues in Springfield on the state’s recent ban on smoking in public places, according to Senator Tim Bivins.
Also, a plan by Governor Rod Blagojevich to shut down more than a dozen pheasant hunting areas is meeting with opposition from sportsmen and lawmakers.
The Governor has yet to make any appointments to a hate crimes panel set up last year to promote tolerance within the state. The Governor’s Commission on Discrimination and Hate Crimes was created seven months ago following a controversy involving a previous hate crimes panel. The previous panel was disbanded after several members resigned in protest over the appointment of a supporter of Nation of Islam leader, Louis Farrakhan. Following the resignations, lawmakers voted to disband the old hate crimes commission and re-establish a new one." /> Skip to Main Content
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