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The Illinois Senate has approved requiring public schools to teach LGBT history.

 

The Senate voted 34-18 Wednesday on the plan by Chicago Democratic Sen. Heather Steans.

It would require schools to teach a history unit on the role in society and contributions of gays, lesbians and other LGBT individuals .

The Senate has approved another bump-stock ban.

 

The Senate voted 38-10 Thursday on Sen. Kwame Raoul's plan. It would outlaw the manufacture or possession of bump stocks or trigger cranks which turn rifles into assault-style weapons. It's the device the gunman used in the Las Vegas mass shooting last October.

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In a move not surprising to many, Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan Monday was re-elected as the chairman of the Illinois Democratic Party.

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Last month, the state's voters decided on the Republican and Democratic nominees for governor. But with the primaries behind them, the winners still have to convince those who wanted someone else at the top of the ticket.

Incumbent Gov. Bruce Rauner probably thought he didn't need to worry about his only Republican opponent, state Rep. Jeanne Ives, during the primary campaign. In the past, he'd called her a "fringe candidate" and decided to forgo campaigning against her until just a few weeks before election day.

Wisconsin voters go to the polls Tuesday for nonpartisan judicial elections statewide.

They also will decide whether to eliminate one of the state’s constitutional officers.

The most visible contest on the ballot is for a seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court, which has a significant conservative majority that can’t be changed by this election.

The conservative candidate is Sauk County Circuit Judge Michael Screnock, who was appointed three years ago by Governor Scott Walker. He had been a private attorney for nine years.

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