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10 to know: New laws take effect Jan. 1

New Laws to Know for 2019

Rear-facing car seats, blaze pink hunting clothes and required school safety drills are among the subjects contained in new state laws that take effect Jan. 1, 2019.

In all, 253 new laws will be added to Illinois statutes on Jan. 1.

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Bertino-Tarrant works to make college affordable

Sen. Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant

Two new state laws that make dual-credit courses more available to high school students will take effect Jan. 1.

Illinois Senate Education Committee Chair Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) championed the laws, the first of which requires public universities and community colleges to work with local high schools to ensure students are credited for their dual-credit courses taken in high school.

The second prohibits limits on the number of courses and credits a student may receive from dual credit courses.

“As college costs continue to rise throughout the nation, dual-credit courses provide a tremendous economic and educational benefit for students and their families,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “This educational opportunity empowers our students to earn college credit while still in high school.”



Sims to lead Midwest state government panel

Sen. Elgie R. Sims Jr.

State Senator Elgie R. Sims Jr. will chair the Council of State Governments Midwest Leadership Conference.

The panel, which includes lawmakers of 11 Midwestern states and four Canadian provinces, brings together the region’s policymakers to advance efforts that improve state government.

“Serving in this role is a tremendous honor as it allows me to represent Illinois while working with and on behalf of my legislative colleagues from across the Midwest and Canada,” Sims, a Democrat from Chicago, said. “This honor would not be possible without the support of the people of Illinois’ 17th District. Each day, I am inspired by them to do more to better serve my constituents and people throughout the state.”




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