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Bertino-Tarrant: Stop playing politics with our children’s education

willco fakenewsSPRINGFIELD – State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) issued the following statement in response to inaccurate school funding numbers being published as fact for Will County in regards to Senate Bill 1:

“This is an attempt by the political arm of the Republican Party to rouse suspicion and derail years of hard work in reforming the way we fund our schools. The Will County Gazette is partisan pandering made to look like real, honest journalism.

Lightford: Children should not be expelled before kindergarten

lightford 051917SPRINGFIELD- Children in public preschools are more than three times more likely to be expelled than children in kindergarten through 12th grades, according to a report by Fight Crime: Invest in Kids Illinois. Assistant Majority Leader Kimberly A. Lightford (D-Maywood) leads a proposal that would keep more at-risk preschool students in the classroom.

The proposal, which was approved in the Senate today, would prohibit the expulsion of children enrolled in early childhood programs receiving grants from the Illinois State Board of Education. The legislation focuses on transitioning children to programs that better fit a child’s needs.

Manar responds to Rauner administration’s criticism of Senate’s school funding vote

manar fix 051717SPRINGFIELD – Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill), a widely respected advocate for fair school funding in Illinois, issued the following statement regarding criticism leveled by the Rauner administration today immediately following the Senate’s passage of Senate Bill 1, a school funding reform measure sponsored by Manar:

“The Rauner administration and Republicans want to behave like this is a vexing new problem that Illinois has never tried to tackle before. The truth is this is a more than 20-year-old problem that we have studied to death, repeatedly debated and willfully ignored.

Trotter helps pay bill backlog to vendors, providers

trotter 051717SPRINGFIELD – Today, legislation intended to provide financial relief to providers and vendors who do business with the state passed the Senate. Senate Bill 4 enables the state to borrow $7 billion over a seven-year period through General Obligation Restructuring Bonds. The bonds will be put into the General Revenue Fund for costs incurred prior to July 1, 2017. 

It also allows the Illinois Finance Authority to issue $250 million in State Pension Obligation Acceleration Bonds to help pay down pension debt the state has incurred.