The Illinois Capitol dome is pictured through the trees in Springfield. (Andrew Adams / Capitol News Illinois)

A bill banning what unions refer to as employer-sponsored “captive audience” meetings about religion and politics has cleared the General Assembly. It was one of 466 measures to do so during the Illinois legislature’s spring session, including a bill allowing for digital driver’s licenses.

State Sen. Celina Villanueva, D-Chicago, speaks on the Senate floor in favor of her bill to ban authorities in Illinois from aiding another state’s investigation of people coming to the state for reproductive health care. (Peter Hancock / Capitol News Illinois)

The bill is one of several responses Illinois lawmakers have passed in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in 2022 that overturned Roe v. Wade. It came in response to legislative efforts in other states to ban or severely limit access to abortion services.

The Illinois State Capitol is pictured in Springfield. (Jerry Nowicki / Capitol News Illinois)

Other measures regulate garbage truck littering, allow yoga in schools

Lawmakers passed more than 200 bills this week ahead of their scheduled May 24 adjournment. Many of the measures will soon head to Gov. J.B. Pritzker, including a bill that changes how damages accrue under Illinois’ first-in-the-nation biometric data privacy law.

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For the first time since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. J.B. Pritzker will present from the Illinois House chambers to a joint session of state representatives and senators.

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Illinois legislators are heading into the holiday weekend with a to-do list that includes a major energy overhaul, ethics package and a new state budget.

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