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Historic bipartisan accomplishments in spite of negativity

bodycams mrWith so much attention drawn to the state’s ongoing budget impasse, historic accomplishments are too often overlooked.

This year, lawmakers in both chambers and from both sides of the aisle did find compromise on a number of issues to improve the lives of Illinoisans and the safety, health and economic future of our state.

Springfield’s NPR radio station, WUIS, covers developments at the Capitol. Recently, the station published an article looking past the friction to find positive achievements during the 2015 legislative session. Their story includes an interview with Charlie Wheeler, director of UIS’ Public Affairs Reporting program, and Jamey Dunn, Editor of Illinois Issues. Their analysis focused on achievements in criminal justice, including Senate Bill 1304, a comprehensive law enforcement package expected to be a model for reform across the US.

Sponsored by Sen Kwame Raoul and Reps Elgie Sims and John Anthony, SB 1304 was signed into law by the governor Wednesday. Read and listen to our story on this landmark bipartisan package here,
and WUIS’ story here.

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IMAGE Cullerton’s bipartisan measure stops state from cutting off income for student loan default
Tuesday, 11 September 2018
VILLA PARK – A new Illinois law championed by State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) will prevent state licensing boards from suspending or...

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IMAGE Hastings represents Illinois at voter security summit
Tuesday, 11 September 2018
TINLEY PARK – State Senator Michael E. Hastings continues to fight for fair and secure elections in Illinois and he recently represented the state...

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IMAGE Illinois Farm Bureau designates Bertino-Tarrant a Friend of Agriculture
Tuesday, 11 September 2018
PLAINFIELD —State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) was designated a Friend of Agriculture this week by the local Illinois Farm Bureau...

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IMAGE Nearly $14M in overdue capital funding coming to Chicago State
Monday, 10 September 2018
CHICAGO — The state is investing nearly $14 million in long overdue renovations at Chicago State University (CSU), State Senator Elgie R. Sims,...

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IMAGE Bennett announces $215,000 in State construction funding for Parkland College
Friday, 07 September 2018
CHAMPAIGN – More than $215,000 in funding has been released to Parkland College to update and repair campus buildings, State Senator Scott Bennett...

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