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  • haine medmar extSPRINGFIELD – People who suffer from chronic illness may soon get the help they need. Legislation sponsored by State Senator Bill Haine (D-Alton) extending the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program (MCPP) to 2020 is being sent to the governor.

    With the support of Sen. Haine, the original Medical Cannabis Pilot Program was signed into law in 2013.

    Although extending the sunset of the program may be the most prominent part of this legislation, the measure also includes numerous other additions to the program, such as adding PTSD and terminal illness as qualifying conditions.

  • Senator ManarSPRINGFIELD – With Illinois’ teacher shortage crisis worsening in many parts of the state, the Illinois Senate today approved Senator Andy Manar’s plan to phase in an increase to the state’s minimum mandated wage for teachers.

    Senate Bill 10, which has statewide bipartisan support, incrementally increases to $40,000 the minimum salary that school districts must offer teachers. The increases would begin in the 2020-2021 school year and would occur over four years, reaching $40,000 in the 2023-2024 school year.

    Current state law mandates a minimum salary of only $10,000 for teachers with bachelor’s degrees. The law has not been updated since 1980.

    “We have a critical shortage of teachers in Illinois, and the minimum salary we offer them is a key factor in being able to attract more young teachers into the profession. This is a reasonable, incremental plan to address the shortage,” Manar (D-Bunker Hill) said.

    The legislation includes a directive for the professional review panel – which was established under the evidence-based school funding formula overhaul – to offer recommendations to lawmakers for how to help underfunded school districts cover costs associated with the increase prior to implementation of the minimum.

    According to a recent report by the Illinois Association of Regional Superintendents of Schools, 85 percent of schools surveyed are experiencing difficulty filling teacher positions – up from 78 percent in 2017. The shortage is worse in central and southern Illinois.

    Manar said a higher minimum salary reflects the state’s respect and support for teachers, as well as the education required to be a teacher and the work they do in classrooms.

    “Professional educators should not be living below the poverty level, but that’s exactly what’s happening in communities all over the state,” he said. “We expect teachers to solve all the problems of the world, and we hold them accountable for that. It’s time we pay them appropriately for it.”

    Manar’s teacher minimum wage measure passed in both houses of the Legislature last year with bipartisan support but was vetoed by Gov. Bruce Rauner.

    The House passed a measure similar to Senate Bill 10 this week.

  • 02052019 Manar Ed Comm SB10 002RSPRINGFIELD – An effort to update Illinois’ minimum mandated salary for teachers – one that could attract more young people to the profession by sending a message that their work is valued – was approved by an Illinois Senate committee Tuesday.

    Illinois has not updated its minimum mandated salary for teachers since 1980. For 38 years, state statute has required Illinois school districts to pay teachers with a bachelor’s degree a minimum salary of $10,000 ($9,000 for those without a bachelor’s degree). Based on decades of inflation, the minimum mandated salary today should be about $32,000.