Chicago aldermen, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s office, and state lawmakers are putting pressure on Governor Bruce Rauner to address an increase in reported hate crimes by urging him to sign legislation that’d strengthen the state’s hate crimes law and to fill vacancies on an existing state commission tasked with enforcement. The parties gathered at City Hall on Monday to discuss a resolution Ald. Pat Dowell (3), Chair of the Council’s Human Relations Committee, directly introduced to her committee urging action.

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