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Chicago Sun-Times

The evidence keeps piling up that Illinois must toughen its law on vaccine exemptions.

According to experts, at least 98 percent of students in a school should be vaccinated for their own protection — and to provide group protection for children who, for legitimate medical reasons, can't be vaccinated for the highly contagious disease.

It's playing with fire to let students attend school without the required vaccines. Besides being highly contagious, measles can have serious complications.

Scientists have repeatedly proven that the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine is safe, despite conspiracy theories and myths to the contrary.

Time to heed the advice of the American Academy of Pediatrics: Eliminate all non-medical childhood vaccine exemptions.

Do it for our kids' health.

The (Moline) Dispatch and Rock Island Argus

With time running out to give Illinois elections back to voters in 2021, we eagerly join with editorial pages around the state in urging readers to call their leaders in Springfield to demand action.

A nonpartisan coalition of 17 public-policy groups wants Illinoisans to tell Illinois Senate President John Cullerton to let senators vote on the Fair Map Amendment.

A whopping 70 percent of Illinois residents support independent maps, according to the Paul Simon Public Policy institute. But poll numbers are no substitute for the combined voices of Illinoisans demanding action. 

The deadline to get the measure on the Nov. 3, 2020, ballot, is May 3. If it doesn't make it, voters could be condemned to contend for another decade under the old, unfair and broken system.

Don't let that happen.

The (Champaign) News-Gazette

In a state overwhelmed with expensive and expansive local units of governments, townships are the worst offenders.

They represent a form of government best suited to the agrarian lifestyle of 100-plus years ago. But while times have changed, township government lives on.

Township governments exist in virtually all of Illinois' 102 counties. Champaign County has 30 townships, which are funded through property taxes.

They need either to be eliminated and/or consolidated for two reasons — more efficiency in government and less expense.

If modifications are approved by voters, proponents anticipate a reduction in property taxes levied to support the townships.

Illinois must address the size and cost of government in this state. The current township legislation represents a small, but necessary, move in that direction.

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