Schools and School Funding

  Despite the Governor’s statements about “full funding of schools” many school districts are at least two payments, if not more in arrears on the receipt of mandated categorical. Mandated categorials are payments to local school districts such as for Special Education, Summer School, and Transportation. In addition, the Governor’s…

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Legislative Update

CONCESSIONS AND PROPOSAL FOR THE FY’18 BUDGET (House Amendment #1 to Senate Bill 6) State budget negotiations has taken much deliberation and compromise, regardless what you may be hearing on the news.  Some of the concessions were extremely difficult to vote for because they help to limit the power of…

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CTA Second Chance Program

Yesterday, a distinguished group of leaders appeared at a press conference, held by the CTA, to extol the virtues of the Second Chance Program. This program; created through a collaboration of community organizations, unions and the transit agency, affords ex-offenders and disadvantaged individuals an opportunity to receive training and a…

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2016 State Legislative Update

Months of negotiating and attempts to pass common sense legislation to benefit all of Illinois culminated in a hybrid budget that was passed in July. This budget has a combination of both six and twelve month appropriations. This budget measure will fund schools for another year and provide six months…

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