(CHICAGO) The Illinois Department of Human Rights has set up a new hotline for victims of sexual harassment as callers can report a claim through the toll-free number and also receive information on counseling and legal services. Officials say the hotline makes the process of finding resources and filing complaints more centralized, plus all communications made to the hotline are strictly confidential and are not subject to open-records laws. The Sexual Harassment Hotline Call Center can be reached Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The toll-free hotline telephone number is 877-236-7703. For more information in general, check the department’s website, at www.illinois.gov/sexualharassment.
(SPRINGFIELD) The Illinois Senate is endorsing a plan that would require children to ride in rear-facing car seats until age 2. The Senate Public Health Committee voted 7-0 yesterday to require the rear-facing restraints because they offer more protection for toddlers. In fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics says the rear-facing seats better support a child’s head, neck, and spine as the shell of the seat better absorbs the force of a collision and distributes it over the entire body. The Senate may consider the bill later this spring.
(CHICAGO) The application system is scheduled to reopen next week for Illinois families wanting to apply for the state’s new private school scholarship program. The Belleville News-Democrat reports that one of the organizations overseeing the Tax Credit Scholarship program, Empower Illinois, says the application system will begin again next Tuesday night, February 27, at 7:00. The system crashed on January 31, the first day applications were accepted. Officials say the crash was due to extreme demand. Lawmakers approved the controversial $75 million tax credit program as part of the state’s school funding overhaul.