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Tech Day brings students, teachers to the Capitol (VIDEO)

Students and teachers from across the state packed the Capitol this week as part of Tech Day 2015. The annual event allows students to showcase how technology is being utilized in the classroom.

"This project helped me learn how we can use technology and how helpful it is," Simona Bilevicius, a student at Palos East Elementary said.

Participants in Tech Day raise awareness of the role technology plays in preparing students to communicate effectively and succeed in the workforce.

Cullerton, Senators Respond to Supreme Court Pension Ruling (UPDATED)

 Illinois Senate President Responds to Supreme Court Pension RulingSPRINGFIELD – Senate President John J. Cullerton issued the following statement in response to the Supreme Court ruling in Heaton v. Quinn:

“From the beginning of our pension reform debates, I expressed concern about the constitutionality of the plan that we ultimately advanced as a test case for the court.  Today, the Illinois Supreme Court declared that regardless of political considerations or fiscal circumstances, state leaders cannot renege on pension obligations. This ruling is a victory for retirees, public employees and everyone who respects the plain language of our Constitution.

Senator Haine fights to keep U.S. Steel open in Granite City (AUDIO)

haine-steel-mrSteelworkers filled the Senate gallery this week to watch the debate and passage of Senator William Haine’s (D-Alton) Senate resolution urging the President of the United States and Congress to review the national tariff policy on steel goods.

In March, U.S. Steel announced it would idle its Granite City plant leading to the layoff of more than 2,000 employees. Haine's forceful support of the importance of steel to the American economy drew applause and cheers from the steelworkers watching.

Bennett raises Heterotaxy awareness

bennett-heterotaxySPRINGFIELD- Hallie is a beautiful 9-year-old girl. She loves fashion and spends her time drawing her own fashion line. One day, Hallie would like to learn how to sew so she can make her designs a reality.

However, unlike most children, Hallie spends a lot of time with doctors and in hospitals because she was born with Heterotaxy Syndrome.

Heterotaxy is a disorder where certain organs form on the opposite side of the body. For example, instead of the heart normally forming on the left side of the chest, it will be located on the right side.