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Bennett receives Robert R. McClarren Legislative Development Award

Bennett ILAAwardPEORIA – The Illinois Library Association presented State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) with the Robert R. McClarren Legislative Development Award at their annual conference on Tuesday.

The award is given to a worthy recipient from the Illinois library community who has contributed significantly to legislative development in Illinois.

“Serving a broad constituency, Bennett has balanced political ideology with the needs and opinions of his constituents,” said the Illinois Library Association’s release. “In his short time in the legislature, he has shown himself to be a strong supporter of education and library issues.”

Manar honored for work on school funding reform

ManarMCRTASPRINGFIELD – State Senator Andy Manar received several awards recently for his work on school funding reform and his dedication to public education in Illinois.

The Illinois Association of Regional Superintendents of Schools presented Manar with its Friend of Education Award for his work in bringing a new school funding formula to Illinois. Manar accepted the award during the organization’s meeting in Springfield Sept. 11.

Senate President John Cullerton statement on verdict

jjc 051018Illinois Senate President John Cullerton issued the following statement regarding today’s verdict.

“Justice is the reason we have the rule of law. This conviction brings justice for the killing of Laquan McDonald. It is my hope that it begins to restore some semblance of faith in our systems and belief that we all have the right to equal treatment and protection under the law.”

Lightford: A drop of justice in a history full of injustices

lightford 082418CHICAGO- Illinois Legislative Black Caucus Chair Kimberly A. Lightford (D-Maywood) released the following statement following a guilty verdict in the trial of Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke.

“My heart goes out to Laquan’s family as they continue to grieve his loss. This is only a drop of justice in a history full of injustices against Black people and people of color. We still have a lot of work ahead of us in reforming policing, criminal justice, human services and creating opportunities for underprivileged communities.

“Let us continue to organize, continue to let our voices be heard and participate in our democracy wherever and whenever we can.”

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