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  • Friday, February 14, 2020
    Bipartisan group of lawmakers, advocacy groups push for Illinois fair map amendment
    Constitutions (24) , Election Issues (not candidates) (39) , Governor (44) , Redistricting (78) Bush, Melinda--State Senate, 31 , McConchie, Dan--State Senate, 26

    A group of lawmakers from both sides of the aisle and several advocacy groups is turning up the pressure on the Illinois Legislature to pass an amendment to allow voters to change how legislative districts are drawn in Illinois.

    The goal is to prevent gerrymandering of the state's political boundaries. In Illinois, politicians control how legislative boundaries are drawn every ten years...   read more >

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  • Friday, February 14, 2020
    IEA report says Illinoisans give schools a low grade
    Education--Educators/Administrators

    The Illinois Education Association on Tuesday released a report that shows Illinoisans do not have a high regard for public schools outside their own communities.

     

    The association indicates in its State of Education report that 1,000 Illinois residents taking part in a poll gave a grade of “C-“ to public schools, although they gave their local public schools an...   read more >

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  • Friday, February 14, 2020
    Illinois bill would mandate allergic reaction training in schools, daycares
    Education--Elementary and Secondary (36) Carroll, Jonathan -- State House, 57

    A new proposal in Springfield would create a uniform standard to prepare schools and daycare facilities for handling severe allergic reactions. 

    House Bill 3983, sponsored by Northb...   read more >

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  • Friday, February 14, 2020
    Illinois State Police Director calls on lawmakers to pass bill to require fingerprints for FOID cards
    Guns and Gun Control, FOID, Concealed Carry (46) , State Police (84)

    Illinois State Police officials said Thursday that they’ve stepped up enforcement efforts in the past year to get guns out of the hands of people who shouldn't have them after a deadly workplace shooting, but they need more resources to do the job. 

    The state's top law enforcement official, Illinois State Police Director Brendan Kelly, also called on state lawmakers to pass a...   read more >

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  • Friday, February 14, 2020
    Progressive tax opponent skeptical progressive income tax will help reduce Illinois’ high property taxes
    Governor (44) , Taxes, Graduated/Progressive , Taxes, income (86) , Taxes, property (87)

    Illinois voters decide whether to change the state’s flat income tax to a progressive one this November, but the chief proponent and opponent have been separately debating what it could mean for Illinois' high property taxes.

    Illinois has a flat income tax. Lawmakers have changed the flat rate several times over the past decade. Democrats in the Illinois Legislature passed a ...   read more >

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  • Friday, February 14, 2020
    Redistricting reform gets bipartisan push
    Redistricting (78)

    A bipartisan coalition of state lawmakers and advocacy groups announced an effort in both chambers Thursday to overhaul the way Illinois’ legislative districts are drawn.

     

    Legislators from Chicago, its suburbs and downstate are backing a state constitutional amendment — twin measures in the Senate and House — shifting district mapmaking power from politic...   read more >

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  • Friday, February 14, 2020
    SIU Carbondale expected to have chancellor by April; nursing program applications sky high
    Education--Higher (37)