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  • The Majority Report - April 22, 2019 (AUDIO)

    The Majority Report - April 22, 2019 - Senate Dems prioritize mental health care for first responders


  • The Majority Report - April 15, 2019 (AUDIO)

    The Majority Report - April 15, 2019 - Teacher shortage, fair tax, worker protections. Check, check, check.


  • Cullerton introduces Chicago mayor-elect in Senate

    lightfootOn the heels of a new era beginning in Illinois this year with a new governor, the City of Chicago has set a new course as well by electing Lori Lightfoot as its incoming mayor. Lightfoot is already reaching out to the General Assembly and was introduced by President John Cullerton in the Senate Thursday afternoon.

    In her comments, Lightfoot spoke to cooperation and shared concerns, saying solutions forged together should have resonance across the entire state. She is open and eager to work together.

    Lightfoot grew up in a union household and, having seen workers lose their pensions due to financial mismanagement, said she believes pensions are a promise and wants to work together to ensure these commitments.

  • Senate greenlights Manar’s teacher shortage package

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    SPRINGFIELD – A set of measures designed to address Illinois’ teacher shortage crisis passed the state Senate Wednesday night, championed by State Senator Andy Manar, the plan’s sponsor.

    Senate Bill 1952 received bipartisan support and will go to the House for consideration.

    The measure contains the following provisions:

    • It reinstates the 6 percent cap for teacher salary increases to be covered by the state. Last year, lawmakers lowered the cap to 3 percent.
    • It removes the requirement that teachers must pass a basic skills test to be licensed.
    • It permits K-12 student teachers and early childhood student teachers to be paid.
    • It creates a refund program for teachers in underfunded, hard-to-staff school districts to recoup the cost of the teacher performance assessment.
    • It allows early childhood student teachers to be paid and receive credit.

    “We have to continue making changes to the things that are detrimental to the teaching profession and are driving would-be teachers to other states,” said Manar, a Bunker Hill Democrat. “I think this package is a necessary step, and I am excited that it contains excellent ideas that originated with teachers on the frontlines in schools throughout the state.”

    Illinois’ teaching shortage is more profound in rural and downstate communities, studies show.

    Last year, Manar passed a different set of measures to address the teacher shortage crisis, including slashing red tape to encourage educators outside of Illinois to apply for hard-to-fill jobs here, creating a short-term substitute teaching license and allowing downstate retired teachers to substitute in classrooms without jeopardizing their retirement benefits. The packaged was signed into law in June.

  • The Majority Report - April 8, 2019 (AUDIO)

    The Majority Report - April 8, 2019 - Census, distracted driving top Senate Dems' latest priorities


  • Hutchinson raises awareness of pay inequity

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  • The Majority Report - April 1, 2019 (AUDIO)

    The Majority Report - April 1, 2019 - Lawmakers lay out choices for taxpayers


  • The Majority Report - March 25, 2019 (AUDIO)

    The Majority Report - March 25, 2019 - Martinez seeks to place teachers in hard-to-staff schools


  • The Majority Report - March 18, 2019 (AUDIO)

    The Majority Report - March 18, 2019 - Tobacco 21 passes the Senate


  • The Majority Report - March 11, 2019 (AUDIO)

    The Majority Report - March 11, 2019 - Study: Cannabis demand will exceed existing supply


  • The Majority Report - March 4, 2019 (AUDIO)

    The Majority Report - March 4, 2019 - Castro, Koehler introduce green energy plan


  • The Majority Report - February 25, 2019 (AUDIO)

    The Majority Report - February 25, 2019 - Senate Democrats hopeful about budget


  • The Majority Report - Week ending February 11, 2019 (AUDIO)

    The Majority Report - February 11, 2019 - Senate greenlights $15 minimum wage


  • Senate committee again advances teacher minimum wage plan

    02052019 Manar Ed Comm SB10 002RSPRINGFIELD – An effort to update Illinois’ minimum mandated salary for teachers – one that could attract more young people to the profession by sending a message that their work is valued – was approved by an Illinois Senate committee Tuesday.

    Illinois has not updated its minimum mandated salary for teachers since 1980. For 38 years, state statute has required Illinois school districts to pay teachers with a bachelor’s degree a minimum salary of $10,000 ($9,000 for those without a bachelor’s degree). Based on decades of inflation, the minimum mandated salary today should be about $32,000.

  • The Majority Report - Week ending February 4, 2019 (AUDIO)

    The Majority Report - February 4, 2019 - Continuing the fight for $15 minimum wage


  • The Majority Report - Week ending January 14, 2019 (AUDIO)

    The Majority Report - January 14, 2019 - Together, we can make Illinois better


  • The Majority Report - Week ending December 21, 2018 (AUDIO)

    The Majority Report - December 21, 2018 - Morrison: Bump stocks have no place on our streets


  • The Majority Report - Week ending December 17, 2018 (AUDIO)

    The Majority Report - December 17, 2018 - 10 to know: New laws take effect Jan. 1


  • The Majority Report - Week ending December 3, 2018 (AUDIO)

    The Majority Report - December 3, 2018 - Senate Democrats override veto of equal pay measure


  • The Majority Report - Week ending November 19, 2018 (AUDIO)

    The Majority Report - November 19, 2018 - Senate overturns governor in Week 1 of veto session