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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.

Senate Dems work for teachers year-round, not just this week

0508 TeacherDayThis week is Teacher Appreciation Week, but Senate Democrats are working on behalf of public school teachers year-round to provide the resources and opportunities they need to educate our children.

Last year, after nearly four years that included hundreds of hours of testimony from parents, teachers and students and dozens of bipartisan meetings, an unprecedented overhaul of how Illinois funds public schools was signed into law. State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) was the sponsor of the proposal, Senate Bill 1947, in the Senate.

Latino Caucus condemns Rauner’s readiness to send National Guard to border (VIDEO)

sandoval 041218SPRINGFIELD –The Illinois Senate passed a resolution today condemning Gov. Bruce Rauner’s statement that he would comply should President Donald Trump order Illinois National Guard soldiers to the Mexican border.

State Senator Martin A. Sandoval (D-Chicago), son of immigrants and Illinois Latino Caucus co-chair, sponsored the measure, Senate Resolution 1593, and had strong words for the governor.

Senators welcome FFA Day visitors

ffaday 041118The Senate welcomed visitors from across the state today representing the Illinois Future Farmers of America. Illinois Association FFA President Joseph Birrittier from Waterloo spoke to the Senate about the importance of agriculture in Illinois and the need for quality agriculture education to ensure the ongoing success of a major state industry.

Birrittier graduated from Waterloo High School in May of 2017 and plans to attend the University of Illinois to major in Agriculture Science Education with a minor in Agriculture Communications.

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