Law-abiding citizens who hold a Firearm Owners Identification (FOID) card would be able to display an electronic version of his or her FOID card on their phones or other electronic devices, under legislation passed unanimously be the Senate April 25. Senate Bill 2677 is intended to prevent law-abiding citizens from being charged with a crime if they simply forgot their FOID card.
High school students could soon be developing career skills designed by potential future employers under legislation passed by the Senate April 24. Senate Bill 3226 directs the Illinois State Board of Education to set up guidelines that would allow high school students older than age 16 to take part in registered vocational apprenticeship programs focused on industry-based occupational training. The programs would be reviewed and approved by the United States Department of Labor.