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Jacobs hosts Senior Fair (VIDEO)

080814JacobsSeniorFairThe Whiteside County Senior Center was buzzing with activity on Monday during an event co-sponsored by the center and State Senator Mike Jacobs (D-Moline). The Whiteside County Senior Center hosted vendors from the area in addition to statewide vendors, all aimed at assisting area senior citizens.

“Events like these are truly great opportunities for people to learn about the services they may be missing out on,” Senator Jacobs said. “Often times, many of these services aren’t well known and many of them get passed over because of lack of information. This fair was a wonderful way to have everything in one place and give back to the people who gave so willingly to us.”

Good news for employers: Another drop in insurance rates on the horizon

WC-20percentA recent decision by the National Council on Compensation Insurance will mean big savings for Illinois’ small businesses. The council recommended lowering workers’ compensation insurance premiums by 5.5 percent, which means Illinois’ workers’ comp rates have fallen by nearly 20 percent over three years.

Workers’ compensation insurance, which helps employers pay when workers are hurt on the job, is a major business expense. In 2011, the Illinois General Assembly made a concerted effort to cut workers' comp costs for businesses without putting injured employees at risk.

Back to School with New Rules: Illinois Education 2014

web-image-back-to-school-slides Every year, the General Assembly considers changes in state law to make schools more safe and secure and to mprove the learning environment. As students, teachers and parents get ready to head back to school, take a look at some recently enacted laws we sponsored to improve education in Illinois.

 

 

 

 

Task force releases report on chronic absenteeism in CPS

ClassroomRLast year, nearly 20 percent of Chicago Public School kindergartners missed at least 18 days in the classroom. For fifth-graders, the rate was over 10 percent, climbing to over 15 percent for eight-graders.

To better understand the problem and to help find solutions to curb chronic absenteeism in one of the nation’s largest public school districts, State Senator Jacqueline Y. Collins (D – Chicago) passed a law creating the Truancy in Chicago Public Schools Task Force.

On Thursday, the over 40-member task force, composed of educators, community advocates, law enforcement authorities, researchers and legislators, released its final report to the General Assembly.

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