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Illinois Senate Latino Caucus demands the Trump administration reunite families immediately

latinocaucusCHICAGO – On World Refugee Day, the Illinois Senate Latino Caucus demands an end to the Trump administration’s inhumane practices of ripping apart families at the border.

As a result of U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ orders in April to adopt a zero-tolerance policy for illegal border crossings, including people requesting asylum, more than 2,300 children have been taken from their families and held in inhumane conditions.

Manar, Cullerton: Warehouse lease audit paints troubling picture

manar tc 051618SPRINGFIELD – Audit results released today regarding the Rauner administration’s pricey lease of a Springfield warehouse for paper storage confirms what some lawmakers have known all along: that the deal doesn’t pass the smell test.

State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill), chairman of the Senate Appropriations II Committee, said he is troubled by the audit report.

“At various points in the process, people chose to ignore rules, guidelines and best practices that are there to eliminate questions about backroom deals and political favors,” Manar said. “This was an unnecessary cost to taxpayers, and it seems to me the problems uncovered by this audit merit further scrutiny.”

Senators welcome students to TECH Day 2018 (VIDEO)

tech harmonStudents and teachers from dozens of Illinois schools came to the Capitol today to show lawmakers how they are using technology in their schools as part of the TECH 2018 event.

Since 1990, students and teachers have set up displays to show off their classroom projects and demonstrate how technology is the enabling tool of the modern learning environment. The schools facilitate access to tools and resources that promote accountability, communication, collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking. Students then plan and develop what they will present and demonstrate at TECH day.

Senators sport sneakers to raise cancer awareness

sneakers 050918Senators swapped their wingtips and pumps for sneakers on Thursday during Suits and Sneakers Day at the Capitol.

Each January, the American Cancer Society teams up with the National Association of Basketball Coaches for Suits and Sneakers Awareness Week, during which the coaches wear sneakers instead of dress shoes on the court. The week’s mission is to increase awareness of the pervasiveness of cancer and promote fundraising and healthy living initiatives.

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