This is the second part in a four-part series on dealing with domestic violence. The series, written by counselors of Freedom House, will run throughout the month of October, which is Domestic Violence and Prevention Awareness Month.

The bill expands limitations on fundraising efforts, preventing lawmakers from holding campaign fundraisers across the state on any day the General Assembly is in session.

The Illinois budget was passed on mostly partisan lines. There’s nothing new there. Those in power get to choose how to spend the money. Another constant was the timing of the budget. Despite having four months to work on the budget, lawmakers didn’t get the final draft until early in the morning the day they were to vote on it.

A sizable number of Illinois residents don’t want to live here anymore and it’s not because of the weather, given how many have fled to Wisconsin, Iowa and Indiana. We face a mountain of problems created by our state’s leaders. The loss of a congressional seat just exposes our wounds.