State Representative Jonathan Carroll

Chicago doctors – mostly moms – join together to advise officials and the public. ‘We can’t not say something.’

Original article written by Kate Thayer for the Chicago Tribune, published on May 7th, 2020. Link to original article may be found HERE. Photo credit to Stacey Wescott of the Chicago Tribune. In between telehealth appointments with patients, preschool Zoom calls, daily household tasks and, in one case, childbirth, a group of doctors — mostly…

Gillespie, Carroll blast new ISBE rules allowing for student restraint

Joint press release from the offices of State Senator Ann Gillespie and State Representative Jonathan Carroll. Published on the Senators website on 4/6/20.   ARLINGTON HEIGHTS –State Senator Ann Gillespie (D-Arlington Heights) and State Rep. Jonathan Carroll (D-Northbrook) released the following statements after the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) announced new rules that would continue…

Illinois lawmakers have introduced a bill to ban Native American mascots

Original article written by Harmeet Kaur for CNN on February 27th, 2020. Link to the original story may be found HERE  illustration credit to Barbara E. Munson for the Wisconsin Indian Education Association. A link to their page may be found HERE Updated 5:41 PM ET, Thu February 27, 2020 (CNN) – Sports mascots that…

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 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…

Illinois Senate passes bill barring pension double-dipping for local politicians

Original story written for the Illinois Policy Institute by Joe Barnas, published May 1st, 2019. Link to the original article may be found HERE Local elected leaders will not be paid public salaries while collecting public pensions if a bill approved by the Illinois Senate becomes law. Senate Bill 1236, introduced by Illinois Senate Assistant…

Illinois Lawmaker Wants Clearer Labeling For Sesame

Originally written for National Public Radio – Illinois on 4/21/19 by Mary Hansen. Link to original article may be found HERE. Around 150,000 children have an allergy to sesame, a study from Northwestern University shows. A proposal at the Illinois Statehouse could help parents and children avoid foods with the ingredient. State Rep. Jonathan Carroll’s eight-year-old…
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