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Teen REACH keeps kids off the streets (VIDEO)

reach-screenshotDuring their visit to the Statehouse, some of the staff and students involved with the Teen REACH program had a chance to explain what the program offers and what it means to them. They also offered insight as to the positive impact that the program has had on their broader community as a whole.  The program is administered through the Illinois Department of Human Services and offers a multitude of services to youth ages 6-17 years old.

The acronym REACH identifies the five tenants of what the program teaches: Responsibility, Education, Achievement, Caring and Hope.

Forby questions constitutionality of right-to-work zones

forby-rtwzonesIn the ongoing fight to protect working families from overreaching anti-employee initiatives, State Senator Gary Forby (D-Benton) sent a letter to Attorney General Lisa Madigan to inquire about the constitutionality of right-to-work zones.

Across the country, right-to-work laws have crippled unions’ ability to protect workers’ rights. Studies of other states concluded that right-to-work laws drive down wages and benefits and do not improve a state’s business climate or create jobs.

Manar presents school funding reform to House committee

Manar-sb1-houseState Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) testified before an Illinois House committee Tuesday, outlining details of his need-based school funding reform package, Senate Bill 1.

“It’s important to start this conversation early so representatives can educate themselves and their constituents about the need for better school funding. We had some marathon meetings in the Senate last year, but this was the first formal conversation we’ve had in the House,” Manar said.

Rise and shine with Illinois School Breakfast Week

school-brkfstEvery morning, students gather around their school’s cafeteria to eat breakfast. Among every five children in school, at least one will not eat breakfast. Hunger makes school harder for the 23 percent of Illinois children who are food insecure.

February 23-27 marks Illinois School Breakfast Week, a time to acknowledge the lingering hunger gap in the state.