No reforms? What about those bill signings?

State Journal Register –  Written by Bernard Schoenburg – Published August 26, 2017 When Gov. BRUCE RAUNER was in Naperville on Thursday and talked to reporters about a bill he approved concerning police pensions, he made a familiar claim. Rauner, who often points the finger of blame at House Speaker…

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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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