The Majority Report 03/08/15 - Protecting children, workers and natural resources


Senate responds to families asking for child care funding

Senate responds to families asking for child care fundingState Senator Heather Steans (D-Chicago) presided over a Senate committee that took the first step toward solving the crisis caused when a program that assists working parents with the high cost of child care ran out of money earlier this year.

"Reliable, affordable child care is absolutely essential for parents who are doing their best to participate in our economy and improve their families' prospects," Steans said."Our solution to the shortfall involves no borrowing and no new revenues, and it is imperative that we move forward immediately to resolve this short-term crisis, which has already shut down child care centers and left working parents without options."

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Forby questions constitutionality of right-to-work zones

Forby questions constitutionality of right-to-work zonesIn the ongoing fight to protect working families from overreaching anti-employee initiatives, State Senator Gary Forby (D-Benton) sent a letter to Attorney General Lisa Madigan to inquire about the constitutionality of so-called "right-to-work zones."

"Right-to-work zones are the opening shot to roll back the protections we take for granted," Forby said. "I want to know if the Governor's proposal is constitutional because it doesn't seem legal."

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Bennett advances legislation to protect Central Illinois' water supply

Bennett advances legislation to protect Central Illinois' water supplyThe Mahomet Aquifer serves as the primary water supply for 15 counties across Central Illinois including Champaign and Vermilion counties. State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) advanced Senate Bill 1698 to protect residents across Central Illinois from contaminated drinking water.

"The Mahomet Aquifer serves as a lifeline for our region. It's our duty to protect this important resource for the sake of our children and generations to come," said Bennett. "This proposal will further the mission of the Mahomet Aquifer Protection Alliance by instituting guidelines to protect our underground water source."

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House hears Manar school funding reform for first time

House hears Manar school funding reform for first timeState Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) testified before an Illinois House committee this week, outlining details of his need-based school funding reform package, Senate Bill 1.

"It's important to start this conversation early so representatives can educate themselves and their constituents about the need for better school funding. We had some marathon meetings in the Senate last year, but this was the first formal conversation we've had in the House," Manar said.

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Holmes supports consolidating local governments

Holmes supports consolidating local governmentsSeeking to eliminate some redundancy from local government, State Sen. Linda Holmes (D-Aurora) voiced her support for legislation aimed at bringing separate forest preserve districts into county government.

"Illinois is cited time and again as having too many layers of government, more than any other state in the country," Holmes said. "We need to find efficiency where we can. If most counties in the state can manage their forest preserves within county government, DuPage County can do the same."

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