People who are harmed or injured because of state government actions are now eligible for damage awards of as much as $2 million.
The House voted 71-36 Tuesday to override a veto on legislation raising the damage cap in the Illinois Court of Claims from $100,000. It becomes law.
Democratic Rep. Al Riley, of Olympia Fields, said the measure was inspired by the deadly outbreak of Legionnaire’s disease at the Quincy veterans’ home. It has led to the deaths of 14 people since 2015 and families of several victims filed lawsuits.
Riley said the $100,000 cap was set more than 45 years ago.
Republican Rauner used an amendatory veto to limit the cap to $300,000.
The Illinois General Assembly convened Tuesday for the final three days of its fall legislative session.
The House is poised to take override action on vetoed legislation which the Senate voted to reverse two weeks ago.
The list includes a measure vetoed by Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner to set a deadline for local police to sign paperwork to help immigrant victims of crime.
Other vetoes awaiting House action are on legislation prohibiting tobacco sales to those under 21 and requiring online vehicle-sharing services to meet rental-car company safety standards.
Some in Northern Illinois still without power
Officials of Commonwealth Edison said the utility is adding more crews in its effort to restore power to thousands of customers left without power following Sunday’s snow storm.
About 30,000 households in northern Illinois were without electricity Tuesday afternoon, most in Chicago’s northern suburbs.
Tom Dominguez of ComEd said an additional 262 crews from across the U.S. are arriving, supplying about 1,000 workers to restore electricity and assist the 500 local teams in the field now.
Dominguez says wind gusts of more than 50 mph were the primary cause of the outages. The wind sent trees and debris into power lines.
Sessions to speak at Chicago Crime Commission event
Former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is scheduled to deliver a speech in Chicago on violence in the nation’s third largest city.
Sessions is listed as keynote speaker for an annual awards dinner tonight at the Chicago Crime Commission, a private group advocating for effective crime-fighting laws.
As attorney general, Sessions regularly echoed President Donald Trump in asserting Chicago wasn’t fighting violent crime the right way. He also criticized a plan to reform city police under court supervision, saying it would tie officers’ hands and make crime worse.