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Career and Technical Education Day 2015 (VIDEO)

Students from across Illinois packed the Capitol today as part of the annual Illinois Association for Career and Technical Education Legislative Day. IACTE is a statewide association of teachers, counselors and administrators at all grade levels that support students in preparing them for successful careers.

"We're here today to make sure people know how important CTE classes are," said Christina Sosa, West Aurora high School student. "We like the emphasis on English, math and science, but we have to make it important for students to be in classes that show how to use that outside of school."

More than twenty schools and agencies participated in today’s events, which included a student rally raising attention to the importance of the programs.

Bertino-Tarrant stresses need for “Silver Alert” system here

jbt-silverSPRINGFIELD— Last year, in Georgia, an elderly man suffering from Alzheimer’s slipped away from his home in the middle of the night and wandered a nearby neighborhood in the cold only to be shot dead when mistaken for an intruder.

Just a few weeks ago, in Texas, an elderly man suffering from Alzheimer’s wandered away from his family’s home in the middle of the night in the midst of freezing temperatures. He was later found dead.


These are the tragic stories Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) is hoping to prevent in Illinois through an emergency notification system known as “Silver Alert” to help locate individuals with Alzheimer’s who go missing.

Mulroe: Sex trafficking victims should be protected from needless criminal charges (UPDATED - VIDEO)

mulroe-traffickingSPRINGFIELD – Most people would not point to an arrest and say that it was the moment that saved their lives. For Janell Wheeler, the last time she was arrested may very well have served as a final lifeline in what seemed a hopeless, vicious cycle.  

Wheeler was raised by her mother in Chicago, but unfortunately a family trauma led her to seek shelter on the streets. She met a man and then began dating him, thinking they were in love. He forced Wheeler into selling her body on the streets, a deal from which her pimp profited and Wheeler received little more than room and board.

Hastings proposal gets tough on crime

hastings-crimeTINLEY PARK – State Senator Michael Hastings (D-Tinley Park) proposed legislation which would extend the statute of limitations for crimes committed in the course of committing a sexual offense.

“It is imperative to make sure that those who commit sexual offenses are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law for all of the crimes involved with the offense,” Hastings said. “Home invasions, burglaries and kidnappings are all very serious crimes. Letting someone off the hook because a given amount of time has gone by demeans the effectiveness of our judicial system.”