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…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…

Thoughts on Quiet Rooms

Friends, I’m writing today to discuss my thoughts on some troubling news that has come to my attention recently. On November 19th, ProPublica Illinois wrote a piece on the use of Quiet Rooms as a behavioral intervention (click here for the article). Quiet Rooms are when children are put into isolation rooms to help him/her…

EtO Restriction Bill Passes Illinois House On A Thin Margin

Original story written by Sam Dunklau for NPR Illinois on 10/31/19. Photo taken from Google Maps. Link to original article may be found HERE.   The Illinois House approved legislation Wednesday to further restrict the use of ethylene oxide gas. Nearly no Republicans supported the move, and both sides of the aisle have concerns. Sam Dunklau…

Task force finalizing property tax proposal

Original article written by Greg Bishop of The Center Square, and shared to The Telegraph on 10/29/19. Link to original article may be found HERE. SPRINGFIELD — State lawmakers on the Illinois Property Tax Relief Task Force say they’re getting closer to offering up final recommendations to lower the state’s second-highest in the nation property…

Carroll-Backed Legislation Expanding Mental Health Care Training in Schools Now Law.

Press release printed by the Lake County Gazette on 10/28/19. Link to original article may be found HERE. Illinois State House District 57 issued the following announcement on Oct. 22 State Rep. Jonathan Carroll, D-Northbrook, continued to push for accessible medical treatment for all Illinois with his support of a new law expanding mental health…

More than 1.5 million Americans are allergic to sesame. Food companies don’t have to list it on their labels.

Original article written for NewFoodEconomy.org on 10/28/19 by Ximena Greenhouse. Link to original story may be found HERE. ore than 1.5 million Americans experience adverse reactions to sesame every year. The flareups can be relatively minor—skin irritations like hives, for instance—or serious and life-threatening, like whole-body anaphylaxis. The FDA does not include sesame on its…
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