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Bertino-Tarrant applauds year of education advancements

Published: Friday, August 31, 2018 09:30 AM

jbt 053018PLAINFIELD— August 31 marks the one year anniversary of the passage of monumental school funding reform.

The drastic school funding overhaul became law last year thanks to efforts from both parties in the House and Senate. 

Senate Education Committee Chairwoman Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) this week took time to reflect on the effort which established an evidence-based funding formula to dispense state dollars to public schools.

Cunningham: Southwest suburban schools to receive additional $4.3M in Year 2 of new formula

Published: Friday, August 31, 2018 09:10 AM

cunningham 052418SPRINGFIELD – Southwest suburban families will continue to benefit from Illinois’ new school funding formula, which guarantees local schools will receive nearly $4.3 million more this year than they did last year, State Senator Bill Cunningham said today.

That means the new formula will have pumped more than $7.6 million in additional money into schools in the 18th State Senate District during its first two years on the books.

“Superintendents are making meaningful changes in schools and classrooms across the southwest suburbs because of the new formula,” said Cunningham, a Democrat who supported the overhaul of Illinois’ archaic school funding formula. “Schools that have gotten the short end of the stick for years are moving to the front of the line for support, and that’s how it should be.”

New Raoul law expands protections for sexual assault survivors

Published: Wednesday, August 29, 2018 04:22 PM

raoul 041718SPRINGFIELD —  Legislation sponsored by State Senator Kwame Raoul (D-Chicago 13th) providing additional protections and rights for survivors of sexual assault or abuse was signed into law on Friday.  

The Survivors’ Bill of Rights fills in gaps in Illinois’ current laws and brings the state in line with federal guidelines.

“A victim of sexual assault should not have to go through any more trauma when attempting to get help,” Raoul said. “We need to protect their rights and assist them in reporting these crimes so the perpetrators can be brought to justice.”

Legislators seek to override Rauner’s denial of safe, affordable drinking water to poor suburbs

Published: Wednesday, August 29, 2018 11:07 AM

harris 0418CHICAGO – Gov. Bruce Rauner voted against safe, affordable drinking water in poor suburban communities this week with a veto of a water infrastructure bill sponsored by State Senator Napoleon Harris (D-Harvey).

Rauner vetoed Senate Bill 2376, which was designed to help economically disadvantaged Cook County communities fix troubled drinking water infrastructures. Harris and the bill’s House sponsor, Rep. La Shawn K. Ford (D-Chicago), said they hope to take an override vote in November. 

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