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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…

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…

Illinois becomes first state to require insurers to cover EpiPens for kids, but questions remain about costs

Original story written by Lisa Schencker for the Chicago Tribune on August 14th, 2019. Link to original article may be found HERE Photo credit to Rich Pedroncelli for the Associated Press. Health insurance companies will have to cover life-saving EpiPens or similar devices for kids with allergies under a new state law that takes effect…

What to do about property taxes? Gov. J.B. Pritzker asks a task force to figure it out

Written by Jamie Munks for the Chicago Tribune on 8/2/2019. Link to original article may be found HERE Photo credit to Terrence Antonio James, photographer for the Chicago Tribune. Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed a bill Friday creating a task force to make recommendations on ways to alleviate the rising property tax burden on Illinois homeowners.…

Zip code breakdown shows where the money is in Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s graduated income tax plan

Below is an article posted to the Chicago Tribune by contributor Dan Petrella on July 22nd, 2019. Link to original article may be found HERE. Photo credit to Stacey Wescott of the Chicago Tribune.  Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker has pitched his graduated-rate income tax plan by emphasizing that only a tiny sliver of Illinois residents…

Property Tax Relief is Next ‘Think Big’ Idea for Gov. J.B. Pritzker, Illinois Lawmakers to Face

Original article written by Rick Pearson for the Chicago Tribune on June 10th, 2019. Link to original story may be found HERE. Photo Credit to Brian Cassella, staff photographer for the Chicago Tribune. Gov. J.B. Pritzker hailed the accomplishments of state lawmakers for checking off the major items of his “think big” agenda this spring, saying…
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