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Trotter moves P-12 education funding in Senate (VIDEO)

trotter 053116Senator Donne Trotter (D-Chicago) championed a budget bill to ensure Pre-K and K-12 schools could open on time this year.

House Bill 2990 would provide a $75 million increase in funding for early childhood education and provide additional money for P-12 education.

Senate approves Steans’ water safety plan to protect kids from lead

steans 053116SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Heather Steans (D-Chicago 7th) sponsored legislation that earned the Senate’s approval today and will require increased testing for lead in drinking water, especially in schools, and stepped-up efforts to identify and replace lead service lines in water systems. Informed by the tragedy in Flint, Michigan, the measure also brings Illinois law into line with federal lead limits and includes new rules to keep the public informed about potential risks in their drinking water.

“We know that exposure to lead can cause developmental delays, learning disabilities and many other significant health problems, and young children in low-income and predominantly minority neighborhoods are most at risk,” Steans said.

Bush urges governor to eliminate “pink tax”

bush interviewSPRINGFIELD — The Illinois General Assembly approved State Sen. Melinda Bush’s plan to repeal sales taxes on feminine hygiene products like tampons and menstrual cups Tuesday.

“I’m glad to see this plan pass with such clear and overwhelming support. And I’m also glad we’re having conversations now about the unfair ‘pink taxes’ women face as they buy products priced higher than similar ones marketed to men, or in this case, as they have to spend on products that men don’t,” said Bush, D-Grayslake. “I’d like to urge the governor to sign this into law and recognize these products as what they are: Unavoidable necessities for women.”

Senate action prompts Rauner administration to reopen museum

museum 8 7 15 mrSPRINGFIELD—After months of advocacy and numerous legislative initiatives by Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill), the Illinois Department of Natural Resources recently announced a plan to reopen the state museum.

Following the announcement, Manar issued the following statement:

“This decision is long overdue. Even though the museum was closed, the employees were still reporting to work every day so we weren’t achieving any savings.

“Reopening the museum is an easy, common sense decision.”

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