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WGN Interview w/ David Hochberg

Original article published by Ashley Bihun for WGN AM Radio on February 15th, 2020. Link to original article may be found HERE. You can listen to the interview by clicking Play on the sound bar.  Home Sweet Home Chicago (02/15/20) – David Hochberg with Mega Pros Joe, Roy Spencer of PermaSeal, Credit Expert Gary Novel,…

Illinois Watchdog’s Report of ‘Serious Misconduct’ was ‘Squashed’ by Panel of Lawmakers

Original article written by Joe Tabor, Policy Analist for the Illinois Policy Institute on February 7th, 2020.  Link to original article may be found HERE Illinois’ legislative inspector general investigates complaints against state lawmakers, but a commission of their peers can – and did – bury those findings, the former inspector said. A new bill…

Let’s ban secluded “quiet rooms” in schools nationwide

Original story written by Clarence Page for the Philadelphia Tribune on January 26th. Link to article may be found here.   Original article below.   Until recently, state Rep. Jonathan Carroll, a Chicagoland Democrat, says he has avoided talking much in public about his childhood experiences with isolation punishment. But he was moved to blog about…

Testimony heard Tuesday after investigation into state ‘time out rooms’ at public schools

Original story written by Mike Lowe for WGN 9 Chicago on January 7th, 2020, updated on January 8th, 2020. Video included in the original story. Photo taken from the video. Link to original article may be found HERE CHICAGO — The practice of isolation and restraint in Illinois public schools is controversial and has been…

Rep. Carroll Decries Lake Zurich anti-Semitism

Original story written for One Illinois by Ted Cox on 1/3/2020. Link to original article may be found HERE Rep. Carroll decries Lake Zurich anti-Semitism Swastika painted on school spurs new legislation on hate crimes The anti-Semitic graffiti posted last weekend on Seth Paine Elementary School has already been removed. (Facebook/Jessica Vealitzek) By Ted Cox A…

…and then they came for us

Photo credit to Jessica Vealitzek, a resident of Lake Zurich. The past few years have seen a sharp increase in the amount of anti-Semitism permeating our communities, but this is nothing new.  I remember back in 1987 when I was 13, someone spray-painted swastikas and other things all over a newly erected Holocaust Memorial in…

VIDEO: Some Companies May Not Be Following Illinois Law requiring Food Warning Labels for Sesame Allergies

Original story and reporting by Samantha Chatman for ABC 7 Chicago on November 24th. Link to original story and video segment may be found HERE. Sunday, November 24, 2019 10:59PM CHICAGO (WLS) — A new Illinois law is supposed to protect both adults and children with sesame allergies, but some argue that law is giving…

Illinois School Officials Promise to Stop Use of Solitary Confinement Punish Students

Original story written by Zack Budryk for The Hill, and published on 11/21/19. Link to original article may be found HERE. Illinois officials have pledged to end the practice of solitary confinement for schoolchildren after an expose by ProPublica and the Chicago Tribune revealed it was a common punishment that had been used for offenses such…

Illinois Governor’s Order Restricts Timeout Rooms in Schools

Original story written by the Associated Press and published in the Washington Post on 11/20/19. Link to original article may be found HERE.   SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Wednesday ordered the state’s public schools to immediately restrict the use of isolation rooms for students who don’t pose a clear safety risk.…

After Report, Illinois Officials Vow to Stop Punishing Students with Solitary Confinement

Original Story written by the Hannah Knowles for the Washington Post on 11/20/19. Link to original article may be found HERE.   Listening from outside, school staff reportedly did not intervene as children cried, injured themselves and begged to leave their small timeout rooms. But they did take meticulous notes. “I’d rather die. You’re torturing…
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