(SPRINGFIELD) A follow-up bill to Illinois’ school funding reform law is headed to the State Senate after passing in the State House yesterday. The Springfield State Journal-Register reports that state officials say the measure is needed to make sure money is properly distributed under the new plan with passed on a 76 to 31 tally. So far funds have not been passed out because state education officials say there were errors in the previous plan. The new bill sends the most state money to the school districts most in need of help.
(SPRINGFIELD) A bill has been approved in the State House intended to address teacher shortages throughout Illinois. State Representative David Reis says the measure amends the Downstate Teacher Article of the Illinois Pension Code to increase the amount of employment a retired teacher may perform without impairing their retirement status and if signed into law, it would be effective July 1st, 2017, thru June 30th, 2019. Officials say with the shortage of teachers in many districts, this allows retired staff the chance to help out by filling the void when needed. The bill now goes to the State Senate for consideration.
(OLNEY) The Illinois Department of Revenue and Internal Revenue Service are still reminding taxpayers that filing tax returns electronically and requesting direct deposit into a checking or savings account is still the fastest and most secure way to receive a tax refund – for 2017 tax forms, tax schedules, and instructions, or if any questions on the state level, logon at www.tax.illinois.gov or for federal details, www.irs.gov.