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Harmon school breakfast expansion signed into law

Harmon082216Breakfast will be available to more Illinois schoolchildren under a measure sponsored by Senator Don Harmon (D-Oak Park) that was signed into law Friday.

Senate Bill 2393 will require public elementary, middle and high schools with a student low-income rate of at least 70 percent to offer breakfast to students after the instructional day has begun.

Each school will be able to determine the Breakfast After the Bell model that suits its students, such as breakfast in the classroom, grab and go breakfast and second-chance breakfast. Schools that participate in the program are able to capture federal money to pay for the cost of offering these meals.

Police to receive increased training on domestic violence

bush 0816SPRINGFIELD — To equip police investigators with the most up-to-date knowledge and skills to respond to domestic violence as soon as they answer a call, the governor signed a proposal sponsored by State Sen. Melinda Bush that would provide additional training for law enforcement officers.

“Domestic violence is often minimized and under reported, and we need to fight preconceived notions of what an abuse situation looks like,” said Bush, D-Grayslake. “More training will assure our officers are better equipped to identify domestic violence situations.”

Diverse Coalition, Bill Sponsors Urge Gov. Rauner to Sign Bipartisan Automatic Voter Registration Legislation Before Friday Deadline

avr votingCHICAGO-- With one day left for Governor Rauner to sign or veto bipartisan Automatic Voter Registration legislation, the Just Democracy Illinois coalition  joined the bill’s legislative sponsors to call on Governor Rauner to sign the bill into law on Thursday.

“Automatic Voter Registration will add eligible Illinois voters to the rolls, make our voting lists more accurate, and save taxpayers money over time,” said Abraham Scarr, Co-Coordinator of Just Democracy Illinois and Director of Illinois Public Interest Research Group. “We urge Governor Rauner to seize this opportunity to modernize voter registration in Illinois.”

Tom Cullerton’s measure to ease burden on special needs families signed into law

TCullertonVILLA PARK – State Senator Tom Cullerton’s initiative to help nearly 20,000 Illinois families on waiting lists for developmental disability services was signed into law today.

House Bill 6086, sponsored by Cullerton in the Senate, will require the state to take certain factors into consideration when determining which individuals will receive services, such as the amount of time spent already on a waiting list.

“Any time we can pass legislation to help our developmentally disabled population, it makes us a stronger and better state,” said Cullerton, a Villa Park Democrat.