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The Majority Report 01/25/15 - Job #1 for 2015: Education funding reform


Manar's school funding top priority for Senate Dems with Senate Bill 1

Manar's school funding top priority for Senate Dems  with Senate Bill 1State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) continues his efforts to overhaul the state's outdated public school funding system. He's traveled the state over the past year listening to supporters and critics in an effort to put together the best plan for all Illinois students. That new plan centers on the state providing funding to schools based on their needs. To reflect education's standing as the top priority for Senate Democrats, the first piece of legislation in the Senate -- Senate Bill 1 -- will carry Manar's reform efforts.

"Everybody ... knows our formula's broken. That sets us on a path to fixing it," Manar said in a recent interview with the Associated Press.

Read AP's interview with Manar, what others are saying >



Silverstein: Ban chokeholds in Illinois


The choking death of 43-year-old Eric Garner by NYPD officers has led police departments, cities and states to review how and why police use force. State Senator Ira Silverstein (D-Chicago) recently introduced a proposal to restrict police from using chokeholds.

"Every day, police officers put themselves in harm's way maintaining order and protecting our families. This plan helps guarantee that police have clear guidelines for when and how they use force," Silverstein said.

Measure would refine restraint practices >




Morrison: Real outdoorsmen don't need drones

Morrison: Real outdoorsmen don't need dronesUsing drones to get an advantage when hunting and fishing wouldn't just be unfair, it would also be illegal under a new law proposed by state Senator Julie Morrison.

Across the country, proposals to ban using drones for hunting have brought together surprising allies - hunting enthusiasts and conservationists. Both groups generally believe that drone-users gain an unfair advantage.

"The sentiment is that using drones to hunt is basically cheating," Morrison said. "I'm inclined to agree."


Other states banning drones >


Key Dates:

  • State of the State Speech - February 4
  • Governor's Budget Address - February 18

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