The Latest: House approves deadline for immigrant visas

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The Latest on action in the Illinois General Assembly (all times local):

4:40 p.m.

Local police officials now have 90 days to decide on helping immigrant victims of crime get visas to stay in the U.S.

The House voted 73-34 Wednesday to override Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner's veto on the measure. The House vote makes the law effective.

Federal law allows immigrants who are victims of serious crimes to apply for visas to stay . They must cooperate with police investigations. Police must sign paperwork verifying their help.

Democrats in the General Assembly believe some agencies are lackadaisical about the paperwork. The law gives them 90 days to sign the paperwork - or decide not to.

Rauner vetoed the plan because he said it put too much pressure on local departments who don't have personnel or resources to respond that quickly.


The bill is SB34 .


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The Illinois General Assembly convenes Wednesday as its fall session winds down.

The House voted Tuesday to override a veto on raising to $2 million the cap on damage awards in lawsuits against the state. The law is now in effect.

Supporters say the $100,000 cap set in the early 1970s didn't fairly compensate victims. Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner had suggested a $300,000 cap.

Override votes on key measures remain. The House has yet to take action on an override approved by the Senate on legislation setting a deadline for police to help cooperative immigrant crime victims get U.S. visas. Another Senate-approved override would reverse a veto on banning tobacco sales to those under 21 .

The fall session ends Thursday.


The bills are SB2481 , SB34 , SB2332 .

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