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Lawmakers sue Illinois governor over veto of legislative raises

CHICAGO (Reuters) – The leaders of the Illinois House of Representatives and Senate on Tuesday filed a lawsuit challenging Governor Pat Quinn’s veto of lawmakers’ pay during a legislative impasse over pension reform. Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton, both Democrats, said in a letter to…

NOW President O’Neill: Abortion ultrasound bills are ‘ritual humiliation laws’

National Organization of Women president Terry O’Neill said Wednesday that laws requiring women to view an ultrasound before terminating their pregnancy were “ritual humiliation laws.” Lawmakers in Virginia on Wednesday approved a controversial bill requiring women to undergo an ultrasound prior to an abortion. Similar legislation, which requires women to…