Legislative Watch


Gov. Bruce Rauner’s proposed budget contains a healthy dose of spending cuts, but preserves many line-item appropriations while creating others. Read more…

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Tougher rules floated for state tuition grants

SPRINGFIELD — College graduates would have to repay money to the state if they accept state college assistance grants and then leave Illinois within five years of graduating under legislation introduced Friday. The package of bills calls for students who receive tuition assistance through the Monetary Award Program […]

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Madigan again proposes constitutional amendment for ‘millionaire’s tax’

House Speaker Michael Madigan has filed a proposal for a constitutional amendment that would place a tax on personal income of more than $1 million to increase funding for education. Read more…

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The President’s Budget for Fiscal Year 2016

Budget of the United States Government, Fiscal Year 2016 contains the Budget Message of the President, information on the President’s priorities, budget overviews organized by agency, and summary tables. Read more…

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U.S. Senate HELP Committee Passes OAA Reauthorization Bill

The Senate HELP committee passed The Older Americans Act (OAA) Reauthorization Bill (S.192) by a unanimous voice vote. This is a positive step for NANASP in increasing the visibility of OAA and the importance of reauthorization, it’s programs and the services that our members develop, coordinate and […]

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Decaptivity: Paying to keep people out of prison

Illinois has a clear ambition for what it would like to do with members of its criminal class, and it’s right there in the name of the state agency set up to deal with them: the Department of Corrections. But there is a wide gap between ambition […]

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Illinois law would ban terrorists from serving as tax-paid professors

Illinois Rep. Charlie Meier has introduced legislation that would ban anyone convicted of a crime related to terrorism from serving as a teacher at colleges and universities that take taxpayer dollars. The bill introduced in the state House comes shortly after it was discovered the University of […]

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Schools can require students to hand over their social media passwords under Illinois law

An Illinois bill allowing schools to ask for social media passwords from students has led to at least one district notifying parents of the policy. The bill requires that elementary and secondary schools students provide social media passwords if the school has reasonable cause to believe the […]

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Bills introduced in response to Tribune’s ‘Harsh Treatment’ investigation

A state lawmaker on Thursday introduced two bills in response to a Tribune investigation that found hundreds of allegations that youths are assaulted and raped by their peers each year at Illinois residential treatment centers, even as authorities failed to act on reports of harm. One bill […]

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Elissa Bassler, Goutham Rao: To Heal Illinois, Start With Tax On Sugary Drinks

Many families in our communities are suffering from preventable conditions such as type 2 diabetes, cancer and heart disease, and it’s time Illinois invests in proven initiatives to end these epidemics. As Gov. Bruce Rauner takes office, we must pursue evidence-based solutions that will have positive effects […]

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