Gov. J.B. Pritzker speaks about new maternal health initiatives at the future Chicago South Side Birth Center on Feb. 26, 2024, in South Chicago. (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune)

Plan for hybrid elected Chicago school board now in Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s hands

March 11, 2024

SPRINGFIELD — Legislation that spells out the inaugural electoral process for Chicago’s school board is in Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s hands after the Illinois House on Thursday approved a measure that would see half of the 20-member board elected in November…

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Coalitions across the state are calling on the General Assembly to provide funding in the 2025 state budget to fund the 'Healthy School Meals for All' bill.

Illinois rallies for budget appropriation to enable healthy school meals for all

February 23, 2024

Springfield, IL — A statewide push to provide healthy school meals for all children across Illinois may soon become a reality. Coalitions across Illinois are calling on the General Assemble to provide funding in the 2025 state budget. Last year…

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ur children deserve the high quality early education no matter their zip code. Thanks to legislation sponsored by Rep. Mary Beth Canty, a bill to implement full-day kindergarten statewide now heads to Governor Pritzker's desk. (Illinois state Rep. Mary Beth Canty, D-Arlington Heights | Source: BlueRoomStream)

Bill implementing full-day kindergarten in Illinois ready for governor’s desk

June 2, 2023

(The Center Square) – A measure that implements full-day kindergarten throughout Illinois is now awaiting to be sent to Gov. J.B. Pritzker for his signature.  State Rep. Mary Beth Canty, D-Arlington Heights, filed House Bill 2396. It passed the House in…

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Illinois' cyber-bullying statute hasn't been updated since 2012, but Rep. Margaret Croke is working to change that. House Bill 3425 would strengthen and expand the current statute. The bill now heads to Governor Pritzker's desk.

One Illinois Representatives Fight to Strengthen and Expand Cyberbullying Statute

May 12, 2023

Illinois State Representative Margaret Croke has pushed legislation to strengthen and expand the current Illinois cyber-bullying statute. House Bill 3425 expands the definition of bullying to include additional protected characteristics including; physical appearance, socioeconomic status, academic status, pregnancy, parenting status,…

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A new state bill proposed by State Rep. La Shawn Ford would require Illinois teachers to install more diverse literature into their coursework.

Illinois Bill Would Require More Diverse Reading Curriculum for K-12 Students

April 4, 2023

Rep. La Shawn Ford has teamed up with twins, Phallon and Kyra, to introduce legislation that “would require school districts to include authors from all ethnicities and backgrounds in reading assignments for grades kindergarten through 12th.”

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With a bipartisan vote of 75-32, the Illinois House of Representatives has now advanced legislation sponsored by Rep. Maurice West that would require Native American History be taught in our schools.

Illinois House Passes Legislation to Require Illinois Students to Learn Native American History

March 24, 2023

ROCKFORD (WREX) — The Illinois House of Representatives passed HB1633, on a bipartisan vote of 75 to 32 with one member voting present. The bill was sponsored by State Representative Maurice West (D-Rockford.) The legislation requires certain courses of American…

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State Rep. Mary Beth Canty, D-Arlington Heights, is pictured on the floor of the Illinois House this week. (Capitol News Illinois photo by Jerry Nowicki)

Lawmakers Approve Kindergarten Reform, Plan to Address Childhood Literacy

March 24, 2023

CHICAGO – Lawmakers are looking at several ways to improve learning outcomes and access for young students in Illinois. On Thursday, members of the House of Representatives approved a proposal that would require school boards in Illinois to provide full-day…

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Gov. JB Pritzker and Democratic leaders spoke at Chicago's Gately Park Indoor Track on April 13, 2022.(Mike Miletich)

IL Democratic Leaders Highlight Youth Investment in FY23 Budget

April 14, 2022

SPRINGFIELD (WGEM) – Gov. J.B. Pritzker joined House and Senate Democratic leaders in Chicago Wednesday to celebrate budget investments in youth. They believe the $46.5 billion plan will have an enormous positive impact on the well-being of young people throughout…

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