(SPRINGFIELD) Legislation before the State House would replace school-based police officers with social workers, mostly because of what the sponsoring lawmaker calls “needless arrests of blacks and other minority students.” The group Voices of Youth in Chicago Education says police officers are not equipped to handle behavioral health issues and commonly arrest students for non-violent behavior. However, those opposed to the plan say police officers are still the best line of defense to keep students safe in school.
(SPRINGFIELD) The State House has approved a plan pushed by the Comptroller Susana Mendoza to require Illinois Governors to pay employees from their budgets and not through other agencies. The vote yesterday was 110 to 0 to halt what’s called “off-shoring” of employees. It’s pointed out that Governor Bruce Rauner has an office budget of $4.9 million with 44 staff members, but with off-shored employees, the Governor spends $10.4 million for 102 workers. The bill now moves to the State Senate for a vote.
(SPRINGFIELD) A new website created for Illinois’ Bicentennial celebration tells the story of Illinois from well before it became a state nearly 200 years ago. Created by the Illinois State Museum, the website features objects from its collection as well as from other museums. Officials say each item has its own story to tell. In fact, some of the items will be featured in an exhibition that will open to the public on June 30th at the Illinois State Museum in Springfield. For more details, go online at www.illinoisstatemuseum.org.