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Bertino-Tarrant passes measure to declare Teacher Appreciation Week in Illinois

Published: Friday, May 10, 2019 02:18 PM

Teacher Week Facebook ImageSPRINGFIELD – Senate Education Chair Jennifer Bertino Tarrant lead the Senate in declaring May 6 to 10 as Teacher Appreciation Week in Illinois.

Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) passed Senate Joint Resolution 40 which emphasizes the General Assembly’s gratitude for teachers across Illinois.

“Our teachers are responsible for developing the minds of our future leaders,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “Their days do not end when the last school bell rings. Educators across Illinois provide knowledge, support and skills that positively impact students. This week the Senate honors teachers across Illinois for their hard work and dedication to our children.”

In 1985 when the National PTA established Teacher Appreciation Week as the first full week of May.

Senate Joint Resolution 40 passed the Senate with bipartisan support.

Bush advances measure protecting seniors from home repair scams

Published: Friday, May 10, 2019 12:47 PM

bush 051019SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake) advanced a measure yesterday to provide seniors additional protections from door-to-door home repair scams.

“We’ve seen cases where people have posed as city inspectors or police officers and used scare tactics to pressure seniors into making costly and unnecessary home repairs,” Bush said. “This bill will give seniors more time to cancel home repair contracts, making them less likely to fall victim to financial scams.”

Martinez leads effort to support, grow worker cooperatives

Published: Thursday, May 09, 2019 04:32 PM

Sens. Peters, Hunter and MartinezSPRINGFIELD – Assistant Majority Leader Iris Y. Martinez spoke Thursday on the need for clarity in state law regarding worker cooperatives, a model in which businesses are owned and controlled cooperatively by workers.

“Worker cooperatives are a proven model that provide living wage jobs, especially for workers in communities of color, who often work in the low-wage economy where wage theft and discrimination are extremely common,” Martinez said.

Martinez is sponsoring House Bill 3663, which would provide clarity of what a worker cooperative is and the benefits and rights of those that operate under its construct. It also sets guidelines for organizing and managing a worker cooperative.

Castro, Bennett speak at clean energy rally

Published: Thursday, May 09, 2019 04:02 PM

castro 050919SPRINGFIELD– State Senator Cristina Castro (D-Elgin) and State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) joined advocates from the Illinois Environmental Council, Illinois Sierra Club and Faith in Place at their annual lobby day and rally at the Capitol on Thursday.

Castro and Bennett have both worked closely with these groups on legislation that would move Illinois toward a greener future.

Castro is spearheading legislation that would create the Clean Energy Jobs Act, which would put goals in place for Illinois to work toward becoming 100 percent dependent on renewable energy by 2050. This measure would also promote jobs and economic opportunities for minority and disadvantaged communities.

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