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New Clayborne law expands reach of Adult Redeploy

clayborne 041118SPRINGFIELD—A program designed to provide an alternative to prison can now expand its reach because of legislation sponsored by State Senator James F. Clayborne (D-Belleville).

Adult Redeploy Illinois is a program that aims to reduce recidivism through local services like counseling, substance abuse treatment and job services. Currently, it is only offered to people charged with probation-eligible offenses who are considered “non-violent.”

The legislation will allow Adult Redeploy services to be expanded to all offenders.

“We’ve seen how beneficial this program is for both offenders and the state as a whole,” said Clayborne. “Now even more people can be given a chance to turn their lives around and fewer taxpayer dollars may be spent on our prison system.”

The leaders of local Adult Redeploy programs felt some violent offenders could benefit from their services. They wanted to decide whether to accept a violent offender or not at their own discretion.

“The goal is to help high-risk individuals receive the most appropriate services to end the cycle of recidivism. This is a crucial step toward accomplishing that,” said Clayborne.

Senate Bill 3388 takes effect on Jan. 1, 2019.

Clayborne's Wolf Branch Middle School legislation signed into law

clayborne 041118SPRINGFIELD – Legislation ensuring funds are available to rebuild the damaged Wolf Branch Middle School building was recently signed into law.

State Senator James F. Clayborne, Jr.’s House Bill 1265 allows the school district to exceed its statutory debt limit to secure funds for emergency repairs necessitated because the building sunk 25 inches last year after the collapse of an abandoned mine below it.

“It is an unfortunate reality that many buildings in downstate Illinois are on property sitting on abandoned mines,” Clayborne (D-Belleville) said. “By passing this measure, Wolf Branch can invest in a new school and focus on the future.”

As a result of the damage, the middle school has been deemed unsafe and all 372 middle school students have been moved to the district’s elementary school building, resulting in significant overcrowding. All of Wolf Branch School District 113’s 797 students are now schooled in one facility.

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources has taken steps to use federal funds to prevent the mine from further collapse and the district is pursuing other grant money to rebuild its facilities, but the raising of the debt limit is unavoidable considering the circumstances.

HB 1265 takes effect immediately. 

Clayborne passes measure to help rebuild damaged Wolf Branch Middle School

clayborne 052318SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Senate passed legislation yesterday ensuring funds are available to rebuild the damaged Wolf Branch Middle School building.

State Senator James F Clayborne, Jr.’s House Bill 1265 allows the school district to exceed its statutory debt limit to secure funds for emergency repairs necessitated because the building sunk 25 inches last year after the collapse of an abandoned mine below it.

“It is an unfortunate reality that many buildings in downstate Illinois are on property sitting on abandoned mines,” Clayborne (D-Belleville) said. “By passing this measure, Wolf Branch can invest in a new school and focus on the future.”

As a result of the damage, the middle school has been deemed unsafe and all 372 middle school students have been moved to the district’s elementary school building, resulting in significant overcrowding. All of Wolf Branch School District 113’s 797 students are now schooled in one facility.

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources has taken steps to use federal funds to prevent the mine from further collapse and the district is pursuing other grant money to rebuild its facilities, but the raising of the debt limit is unavoidable considering the circumstances.

HB 1265 is currently waiting to be sent to the governor. 

Clayborne aims to protect students during school commute

clayborne 041118SPRINGFIELD – A measure introduced by State Senator James F. Clayborne, Jr. (D-Belleville) would allow students to take the bus if their route to school passes through high-crime neighborhoods.

House Bill 5195 would allow a school district to claim reimbursement if it provides free transportation to students living within one and a half miles of their school that have to walk through an area with a “course or pattern of criminal activity” as defined by law enforcement.   

“Students should be able to get to school without the fear of becoming a victim of gang violence,” Clayborne said. “This measure will protect these kids and let them focus on their studies instead of fear their commute to school.”

Current law already allows a school to offer free transportation to students within one and a half miles of the school if they have to pass heavy traffic or railroad tracks.

Under the proposed legislation, local law enforcement would define which areas are considered to have patterns of criminal activity.

A student’s parent or guardian could also petition the school board to have a specific area considered to have a pattern of criminal activity.  The school board’s decision would require approval from the Illinois Department of Transportation, The Illinois state Board of Education and local law enforcement.

HB 5195 passed the Senate Education Committee and now goes to the full Senate for consideration.

Sen. Clayborne

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57th District
Senate Majority Leader

Years served:
1995 - Present

Committee assignments: Assignments (Chairperson); Energy; Executive; Insurance; Judiciary.

Biography: Attorney; born Dec. 29, 1963, in St. Louis; B.S., political science, Tennessee State University; J.D., University of Miami; partner with his firm Clayborne, Sabo and Wagner; (Belleville); former St. Clair County Assistant State's Attorney; has four sons.