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Tom Cullerton announces $15,000 grant for Wood Dale Public Library District

Published: Monday, October 30, 2017 10:36 AM

tc consol 020817WOOD DALE- State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Par) is excited to announce students in Wood Dale Public Library District will soon have additional technological resources available to enhance their studies.

The Wood Dale Public Library District was awarded a $15,000 grant through the Secretary of State’s Project Next Generation program (PNG).

“Our children live in a digital world,” Cullerton said. “This grant will support Wood Dale Library’s mission to expand and upgrade learning opportunities for our students.”

PNG is an educational technology initiative of Illinois Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White that was established to help educate at-risk students and bridge the digital divide.

Cullerton hopes this will empower students to succeed academically and train to become the future leaders of Illinois.

The grant will help enhance technology training for local students by proving additional funding to pay start-up costs for after-school training programs and supplemental staff to educate and mentor children.

The Hechinger Report states 70 percent of teachers across the nation assign homework to be completed online, but more than five million families with school-aged children don’t have internet connectively at their home.

“This new grant opportunity will expand access and assistance for children to guarantee they have a predictable and productive environment to complete their studies,” Cullerton said. “This year, the General Assembly passed bipartisan school funding to ensure Illinois’ students have the proper resources to succeed at school; now let’s make sure they have the means to learn outside of the classroom.”

The Wood Dale Library District was formed in March of 1956 by local citizens. The library is open seven days a week. For more information area residents can visit www.wooddalelibrary.org or call (630) 766-6762.

Castro: College shouldn’t be the financial burden it has become

Published: Monday, October 30, 2017 10:33 AM

castro 050417SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Cristina Castro (D-Elgin) voted last week to override the governor’s veto of Senate Bill 1351 and to protect college students from overwhelming amounts of debt upon graduation.

Castro co-sponsored Senate Bill 1351, which creates the Student Loan Servicing Rights Act which would create a Student Loan Bill of Rights. The Student Loan Bill of Rights would prohibit loan servicers from taking advantage of students and parents.

“Some companies knowingly put students in risky loans that are overly expensive,” Castro said. “As legislators we need to do everything in our power at the state level to protect our students from being taken advantage of by the student loan industry. More and more students are coming out of college with enormous amounts of debt.”

Student loan debt has become the largest form of unsecured consumer debt in the United States with one in four borrowers being in default or behind on their payment.

“Students and their families deserve to be informed and given resources to prevent them from making mistakes they didn’t know they were making, like falling behind on payments,” said Castro. “Governor Rauner’s veto is another example of him putting profit over people.”

The Senate overrode the governor’s veto on Senate Bill 1351 and now heads to the House for consideration.

Holmes' legislation to assist small businesses may become law

Published: Friday, October 27, 2017 03:43 PM

holmes 102717SPRINGFIELD – A pilot program to help first-time business owners in Illinois may soon become law. The entrepreneur learner’s permit program was introduced and sponsored in the Illinois Senate by State Sen. Linda Holmes, D-Aurora.

The Senate recently voted to override Gov. Bruce Rauner’s changes to the entrepreneur learner’s permit pilot program. If the House of Representatives votes to do the same, the pilot program will become law.

The original version of the legislation minimizes spending by creating a pilot program to subsidize entrepreneurs in information services, biotechnology and green technology with a state spending cap of $500,000.

Biss’ student loan bill of rights gets new life

Published: Friday, October 27, 2017 03:29 PM

biss 031517 2SPRINGFIELD – Illinois college students who borrow money to pay for their education could be better protected from predatory lenders with the help of a student loan bill of rights, a measure sponsored by Senate Daniel Biss (D-Evanston).

The Illinois Senate reaffirmed its support for the effort Wednesday when it voted 37-19 to override Gov. Bruce Rauner’s August veto of Senate Bill 1351.

“Student debt is a real problem in Illinois,” Biss said. “This legislation takes a significant step toward tackling the problem, and it will make life better for student borrowers throughout the state, especially as the federal government continues to shirk its responsibility to people who are working hard to have a better future.”

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