Thumbs Up: To those who advocated for education funding reform
August 31, 2017

“Thumbs Up: To the legislators and advocates who have (in some cases for decades) worked toward providing a more equitable way to fund K-12 education in Illinois. Illinois has had the most inequitable funding formula in the country for years. That disgraceful mantle will hopefully be passed to some other state soon now that Gov. Bruce […]

Quad-City school leaders cheer funding plan
August 31, 2017

“At 3:23 p.m. Thursday, Illinois Gov Bruce Rauner took his place in state history by signing a bill that aims to deliver more money to school districts. Called SB 1947, the bill represents a school funding reform agreement among all four legislative leaders and the governor. It sets a minimum funding level for districts, sets […]

Rauner signs ‘historic’ education funding bill
September 1, 2017

“Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner signed into law Thursday sweeping changes to the way the state funds schools, calling it a historic day that will bring “more equality, more fairness and better opportunity for all the students of Illinois.” ‘We are achieving an historic event to get more resources, more support, more excellence for your classrooms, […]

It’s Over: Rauner Signs School Funding Bill
August 31, 2017

“A wide-reaching overhaul of the way Illinois funds schools has been signed into law. Gov. Bruce Rauner signed the measure Thursday at a Chicago school. He says it’s a historic day that will bring ‘more equality, more fairness and better opportunity’ to students across Illinois. The Legislature approved the measure this week, after years of […]

Rauner’s Big School Victory
August 30, 2017

“Illinois residents have watched for years as their taxes go up while public services and schools deteriorate. But GOP Gov. Bruce Rauner will deliver Prairie Staters some good news Thursday by signing into law an inaugural state private-school choice program. The Democratic legislature this week approved a $100 million tax-credit scholarship program along with a […]

Governor: New laws help ‘broken’ criminal justice system
August 24, 2017

“Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed several bills to make life easier for ex-offenders. Their goal is to allow these people to re-enter the work force and avoid returning to prison. They have changed everything from when records are sealed to education behind bars. ‘One of my most important goals since taking office has been to […]

4 Top Legislative Leaders, Rauner Reach ‘Historic’ School Funding Reform
August 24, 2017

“The Illinois Republican House and Senate announced Thursday that the four top legislative leaders and Gov. Bruce Rauner have reached a “historic” school funding reform. ‘This afternoon the four legislative leaders and the governor reached an agreement in principle on historic school funding reform,’ House Republican Leader Jim Durkin and Senate Republican Leader-designee Bill Brady […]

Gov. Rauner signs local government streamlining bills
August 14, 2017

“Two bills that would allow local officials and residents to consolidate units of local government has been signed into law by Governor Bruce Rauner. Both Senate Bill 3 and House Bill 607 reflected several recommendations made by a local government consolidation task force headed by Lt. Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti, and received bipartisan support.  Under the […]