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Senate Democrats report on executive compensation at public colleges and universities (UPDATED, VIDEO)

Report details compensation abuses, administrative bloat at state colleges and universities: Cunningham

Months of work by members of the media and the Illinois General Assembly have culminated in a special report detailing costly administrative practices at our state’s public universities and community colleges. The report brings to light growing administrative costs and generous executive compensation packages that have helped fuel tuition increases for Illinois students.

"This report found that many public colleges and universities have been too quick to award lavish benefits to their executives and increase the number of administrative employees they assign to non-instructional post," State Senator Bill Cunningham said. "While these practices are never welcome, they are particularly troubling during difficult budgetary times and when college tuition rates have grown faster than any other expenses faced by middle class families."

Read more: Senate Democrats report on executive compensation at public colleges and universities (UPDATED, VIDEO)

   

Senate passes measure to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana

decrim-marijuanaPossession of small amounts of cannabis, 15 grams or less, would be punishable by fines of no more than $125 under a proposed law the Illinois Senate sent to the governor’s desk today.

“There has been much talk this year about criminal justice reform and being smarter on crime,” said Senator Michael Noland (D-Elgin), the proposal’s Senate sponsor. “With this measure the Senate and House take an important step in the right direction. The benefits we will see from this plan are innumerable. Today, we become smarter on enforcement of the law while saving judicial resources.”

Read more: Senate passes measure to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana

   

Measure to protect college students from sexual assault passes Senate

Combating sexual violence on college campusesThe Senate gave final approval today to a measure that will prevent and ensure proper response to sexual assaults that occur on college campuses.

“Schools should be prepared to respond to sexual assaults immediately, which means helping survivors understand their reporting options, access health care or even provide alternate housing options,” Senator Toi Hutchinson (D – Chicago Heights) said. “We must do everything in our power to protect students and respond with every single resource at our disposal. Sexual assault cannot be tolerated anywhere.”

Read more: Measure to protect college students from sexual assault passes Senate

   

Morrison plan to fight human trafficking passes General Assembly

morrison-sx-traffick-passesSPRINGFIELD – A proposal to help people escape the horrors of human trafficking passed the Illinois General Assembly today.

The measure requires the state government to post signs warning about the dangers of human trafficking and display the phone number of the national human trafficking hotline in high-traffic areas, such as truck stops, bus stations, train stations, airports and rest stops.

“We need to make sure that human trafficking phone number is posted in places victims might actually see it,” said state Senator Julie Morrison (D-Deerfield). “Public transit hubs are among the few places they actually see.”

Read more: Morrison plan to fight human trafficking passes General Assembly

   

Trotter’s hepatitis C screening saves a life

trotter-hepcCHICAGO – For one Chicagoan, a free hepatitis C, HIV and STD screening event came at a crucial time. The timely event sponsored by State Senator Donne Trotter (D - Chicago) highlighted the importance of free screenings in communities with limited access to care. One attendee who was screened learned of conditions needing treatment.

“Free screenings provide on-the-spot results and care. A lot of people are walking around unaware they have hepatitis C and other diseases. In a matter of minutes, they can find the care they need instead of waiting until it’s too late,” said State Senator Donne Trotter, a career advocate for hepatitis C screenings and treatment.

Read more: Trotter’s hepatitis C screening saves a life

   

Senate Democrats urge expansion to women’s health care coverage

wmns-hlth-covrgWomen should not face cost barriers when considering whether to undergo a more thorough, 3D imaging process that can more accurately detect breast cancer, say Illinois Senate Democrats as new legislation works its way through the General Assembly to address women’s health needs.

“Increased access to more thorough, more modern forms of medical technology will mean fewer of our mothers and daughters and sisters taken from us by breast cancer,” said Senator Linda Holmes, D-Aurora.

Read more: Senate Democrats urge expansion to women’s health care coverage

   

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