Sen. McConchie property taxes 4-18-18
Illinois state Sen. Dan McConchie, R-Hawthorn Woods, talks about his bill to reduce property taxes Wednesday, April 18, 2018. 

It's not out of the ordinary for Illinois lawmakers to propose a lot of new laws.  But for those bills to get approval by Illinois Senators, and unanimously for that matter, it's noteworthy. 

The Illinois Senate spent the last days before this week's spring break passing a number of new proposed laws. 

One would create a statewide database for people who violate the Americans with Disabilities Act, another would allow schools to teach hunter safety and a third would create a website to report potholes statewide. 

State Sen. Dan McConchie had that plan.

"For a number of years now, Chicago has had a website where people can report potholes," McConchie told the Senate. "This has worked well for the city of Chicago to identify problems in the streets. I think it's time to take this idea and expand it statewide."

Yet another plan would create a way for people to sue over leaked naked pictures. 

"The legislation provides a private cause of action when an individual is depicted and identifiable in a private sexual image," state Sen. Melinda Bush said of her plan. "When that person has suffered harm from another person's intentional dissemination or threatened dissemination of that private sexual image.  And when the depicted individual did not give consent."

All of the plans now head over to the Illinois House. Some of them will likely pass there as well. 

Staff Reporter

An industry veteran with two decades of experience in media, Benjamin Yount reports on Illinois and Wisconsin statewide issues for The Center Square.