Belt pushes for poorer schools to issue more bonds

Published: Wednesday, March 13, 2019 04:59 PM

Senator BeltSPRINGFIELD – Impoverished school districts will receive more state aid under a proposal sponsored by State Senator Christopher Belt (D-Cahokia) that advanced yesterday in the Senate Education Committee.

Currently, a school district is allowed to take 85 percent of the Equalized Assessed Valuations plus Corporate Personal Property Replacement Tax to determine their ability to issue bonds. Belt’s proposal, Senate Bill 1746, would count state aid as part of baseline on which a district can base that 85 percent calculation.

“These schools need the ability to issue more bonds, and the aid they receive should be factored into that process,” Belt said. “Districts that have a disadvantage in property-based funding shouldn’t have a disadvantage when it comes to issuing bonds.

“This legislation does not require any additional state funds, nor redirect any funds from any other school district, but will significantly benefit these neglected school districts.”

Senate Bill 1746 passed the Senate Education Committee and is scheduled to go to the Senate floor for further debate.

Belt welcomes shift in focus to job training

Published: Wednesday, January 16, 2019 03:17 PM

belt 011619BELLEVILLE – State Senator Christopher Belt joined Gov. JB Pritzker to voice his support for a plan that will benefit African-American and low-income Metro East residents through expanded job training opportunities.

Belt (D-Cahokia) joined Gov. JB Pritzker at Southwestern Illinois College in Belleville as he signed an executive that will strengthen the state’s workforce development and job creation.

“To shift our state workforce issues, we have to shift our attention to the growing industries and apply all our resources to help them,” Belt said. “This is the first step we need to take to do that.”

One of Belt priorities is to tackle the state’s workforce issues by meeting the needs of employers and market demand. The plan laid out today would help by directing the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity report on what industries are growing and make recommendations on how to improve job creation within 60 days.

“I appreciate Gov. Pritzker paying attention to the needs of the Metro East and supporting job growth in the area,” Belt said. “Increasing job development in Illinois is the ultimate objective. By keeping our focus on working-class people, we’ll be able to help the local and state economy grow.”

Belt supports Breakfast Beyond the Bell program

Published: Wednesday, January 16, 2019 08:51 AM

belt 011519CAHOKIA – State Senator Christopher Belt is commending local school leaders for starting a Breakfast Beyond the Bell program to help students get a nutritious start to the day.

Cahokia Unit School District 187 is starting the free and reduced breakfast program, which is federally funded and will provide breakfast to students who cannot afford it on a regular basis.

Belt sworn in to Illinois Senate

Published: Friday, January 04, 2019 04:33 PM

Senator Christopher BeltBELLEVILLE – Cahokia resident Christopher Belt was sworn in today to replace State Senator James F. Clayborne Jr. in the Illinois Senate.

Clayborne, who has served the district since 1994, stepped down Jan. 1, and Belt was sworn in early to speed up the transition. The ceremony took place at the St. Clair County Courthouse in Belleville.

“I look forward to hitting the ground running and representing the great people of the Metro East,” said Belt, who has been an advocate for the Illinois Metro East for 20 years.

Sen. Christopher Belt

Senator Christopher Belt

57th District

Years served: 2019–Present

Committee assignments: Criminal Law; Education (Vice-Chairperson); Energy and Public Utilities; Insurance; Labor; Licensed Activities; Subcommittee on Special Issues (IN); Opioid Crisis Abatement Spec. Com..

Associated Representatives:
LaToya Greenwood
Jay Hoffman