Link: If striking teachers aren’t getting paid, neither should administrators

Link-flagWith the Waukegan teachers strike headed for a fourth week, State Senator Terry Link said he’s looking into proposing a state law that would force administrators to go without pay whenever schools shut down because of contract disputes.

Waukegan School District 60 teachers have been on strike since Oct. 2. Negotiations have stalled, resulting in school closures for 17,000 students.

“Perhaps administrators would be more interested in resolving this situation if they had more skin in the game,” said Link, a Waukegan Democrat. “Superintendents shouldn’t collect their salaries for showing up and turning on the lights when the classrooms are empty.”

Read more: Link: If striking teachers aren’t getting paid, neither should administrators


Stadelman's measure to prevent layoffs passes Senate

112014 js 0407CLROCKFORD – The Illinois General Assembly today passed a bill by Senator Steve Stadelman that would ease the pain for businesses and employees during tough economic times.

If signed by the governor, Senate Bill 3530 would change how unemployment benefits are paid in Illinois, reducing layoffs and potentially saving the state money.

Under the new "shared-work benefits," businesses that find themselves struggling in a weak economy can temporarily reduce hours – rather than lay off workers -- and the workers can collect partial unemployment benefits while staying on the job part time.

Read more: Stadelman's measure to prevent layoffs passes Senate


School funding reform advocates rally at the Capitol (VIDEO)

Supporters of a proposal to reform the way schools are funded rallied yesterday at the State Capitol, as Senator Andy Manar’s plan to fundamentally change Illinois’ school funding formula makes its way through the House.

Senator Manar addressed the hundreds of teachers, parents and students who attended the rally.

“A quality education for every child makes our entire state a better place to live – that is what Senate Bill 16 is about,” Manar said. “If we are going to address poverty in the State of Illinois, we have to address it through our public education system once and for all.”

Read more: School funding reform advocates rally at the Capitol (VIDEO)


Affordable care available now to Illinoisans through ACA open enrollment

il-aca-openenroll-2014Beginning mid-November and through Feb. 15, 2015, Illinoisans may sign up for health insurance through the Get Covered Illinois insurance exchange. Under the Affordable Care Act, residents who don’t have health benefits through an employer can use the exchange to find a plan. Many are eligible for federal subsidies, and eligible low-income individuals can also enroll in Medicaid through Get Covered Illinois.

The November-through-February open enrollment period is for individuals and families who haven’t purchased insurance through the exchange and those already enrolled and want to switch plans.

Read more: Affordable care available now to Illinoisans through ACA open enrollment


Senators reflect on Veterans Day

flags-veteransdayNovember 11 is observed in the United States as Veterans Day to honor those who have served in the armed forces.  This day is not to be confused with Memorial Day, which is meant to honor those who lost their lives while serving.

Read more: Senators reflect on Veterans Day


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