Published: Tuesday, March 17, 2015 08:55 AM Written by Super User
Who really pays for Bruce Rauner's Illinois? (VIDEO)
From college students desperate to keep their scholarships after surviving childhoods of abuse and neglect, to senior citizens trying to stay in their homes as long as they can, Illinois Senate President John J. Cullerton used his annual Chicago City Club speech to put a face on the nearly $6 billion in budget cuts proposed by Gov. Bruce Rauner.
The governor spares few in his proposal. College costs could soar as state support drops nearly one-third. Those relying on buses and trains could pay more for less reliable service under mass transit and Amtrak cuts. Even agriculture education funding is eliminated.
The Senate President talked about the need for a budget that reflects true shared sacrifice in creating a more competitive and compassionate Illinois.
You can watch the Senate President’s speech and hear stories of those potentially affected by the cuts here.
Hastings proposal gets tough on crime
"It is imperative to make sure that those who commit sexual offenses are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law for all of the crimes involved with the offense," Hastings said. "Home invasions, burglaries and kidnappings are all very serious crimes. Letting someone off the hook because a given amount of time has gone by demeans the effectiveness of our judicial system."
Mulroe: Protect sex trafficking victims from needless criminal charges
Sex trafficking victim Janell Wheeler was in Springfield this week testifying before the Senate Criminal Law Committee in support of Senate Bill 1588, which would amend the current criminal code and provide affirmative defense when charged with prostitution for victims of sex trafficking. The measure is sponsored by Senator John Mulroe (D-Chicago).
"Ms. Wheeler's testimony was heartbreaking," said Mulroe. "This legislation is an attempt to free women who are trapped in the inhuman enterprise of trafficking and help them safely emerge from unspeakable acts by despicable criminals."
Bertino-Tarrant stresses need for Illinois "Silver Alert" system
Last year, in Georgia, an elderly man suffering from Alzheimer's slipped away from his home in the middle of the night and wandered to a nearby neighborhood in the cold only to be shot dead when mistaken for an intruder. Just a few weeks ago, in Texas, an elderly man suffering from Alzheimer's wandered away from his family's home in the middle of the night in the midst of freezing temperatures. He was later found dead.
These are the tragic stories Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) and Senator Daniel Biss (D-Skokie) are hoping to prevent in Illinois through an emergency notification system known as "Silver Alert" to help locate individuals with Alzheimer's who go missing.
"When someone with Alzheimer's wanders, every minute matters. The sooner we can alert the public, the sooner we can get the person back home safe and sound," said Bertino-Tarrant.
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