The Daily Populous

Monday May 29th, 2023 day edition

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The Illinois Senate has passed HB 2789, a bill whose terms dictate that state funding from public or school libraries that remove books from circulation will be withheld.

Alexi Giannoulias, Illinois’s newly selected Secretary of State, first drafted the bill in response to the 67 book bans that were attempted in Illinois, as well as ban attempts in other states.

As to the cause of the increase in book bans, Giannoulias shared that, “All these efforts to curb reading materials have absolutely nothing to do with books.

They are about restricting the freedom of ideas that certain individuals disagree with and that certain individuals think others should have access to.”.

Since being passed in the Illinois Senate, it is now being sent to Governor J.B. Pritzker to be signed.

It’s expected to go into effect, as the democratic governor has already voiced his support for the measure.

Find more news and stories of interest from the book world in Breaking in Books. »

Feinstein expressed confusion over Kamala Harris presiding over Senate: report

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Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) reportedly expressed confusion last year when Vice President Kamala Harris was presiding over the Senate to cast a tie-breaking vote, according to a new report detailing the difficulties the ailing lawmaker faces as she continues her work in the Senate.

The latest example, however, reportedly took place last year and illustrates the difficulty Feinstein has had recalling, at times, the basics of how the Senate operates.

According to the new report, Feinstein expressed confusion to her colleagues, when she saw Harris presiding over the chamber, in one of many tiebreaking votes the vice president has had to cast. »

Indigenous-led bison repopulation projects are helping the animal thrive again in Alberta

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According to the Canadian Encyclopedia, plains bison didn't exist in Canada by the late 1800s, and the population of wood bison were as low as 200.

In recent years, several bison reintroduction projects have started — often led by Indigenous peoples like the Tsuut'ina Nation.

Due to several bison reintroduction projects, often led by Indigenous peoples, wild bison are making a comeback in places like Alberta. »