NewYork Times



ILLINOIS:SEEKING TO PRESSURE SUDANESE GOVERNMENT The General Assembly passed a billprohibiting the state from doing business with companies that do business inSudan. The legislation, which passed both houses on Tuesday and which is thefirst of its kind in the nation, bars the state treasurer, retirement systemsand pension funds from contracting with, lending to or investing in companiesthat work in Sudan. The bill seeks to pressure the Sudanese government to endgenocide and terrorism in the Darfur region, said State Senator Jacqueline Y.Collins, Democrat of Chicago, a co-sponsor. Two of the state's five pensionsystems have about $1 billion invested in 32 companies that work in Sudan, Ms.Collins said. Similar legislation has been proposed in six other states. GretchenRuethling (NYT)