The Majority Report 02/15/15 - Accountability, history and a new budget


Senate Democrats demand accountability

Senate Democrats demand accountabilityIn the wake of questionable executive severance deals at state universities and community colleges, the Illinois Senate's Higher Education Committee is creating a fact-finding subcommittee to steer reform efforts and ensure tuition and tax dollars are used responsibly.

"Taxpayers are demanding to know how we compensate administrators, why we are compensating them and what safeguards we can put in place to end the type of abuses we've recently seen," said Senator Bill Cunningham (D-Chicago), who heads the new Subcommittee on Executive Compensation. The subcommittee will also include Senator Dan Kotowski (D-Park Ridge). Senators Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake) and Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) have led accountability efforts as well.

Severance deals under scrutiny >



Reflecting on leaders in activism, justice, school integration, fair housing in Black History Month (VIDEO)

Reflecting on leaders in activism, justice, school integration, fair housing in Black History MonthSince the mid-1970s, we celebrate Black History Month in February to mark the achievements of African Americans who played an integral part in the American story.

This year's national theme, A Century of Black Life, History and Culture, looks at the tremendous impact of pioneering African-Americans in shaping American culture since 1915. Senators Jacqueline Y. Collins (D-Chicago), Mattie Hunter (D-Chicago), Napoleon Harris (D-Harvey), Toi Hutchinson (D-Chicago Heights), Kimberly Lightford (D-Maywood) and Donne Trotter (D-Chicago) discuss the roles of achievers in a range of cultural progress.

See our 2015 Black History Month video >



Anticipating the FY16 budget

Anticipating the FY16 budgetThe new governor will give his first budget address on Wednesday, Feb. 18, which will set the Fiscal Year 2016 budget negotiation process in motion.

President Cullerton and other senators will be sharing their reactions next week after the budget address so watch our website for updates on Wednesday and Thursday.





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