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This Week in Springfield


Updated: 6/27/14

New Legislation Aims to Crack Down on School Bullying

Governor Pat Quinn signed IFT-supported, HB 5707 Thursday. This legislation is designed to give Illinois schools the tools they need to crack down on bullying.

"Every student in Illinois deserves to go to a school where they feel comfortable and safe. This new law is for all students who have been bullied but didn’t know where to turn. Our schools will now set comprehensive anti-bullying standards for all districts so we can help students succeed inside and outside the classroom," Governor Quinn said.

Visit the IFT Community section for additional bully prevention and awareness resources.

Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Improve School Safety

School may be out for students, but work is underway to develop proactive strategies to enhance the safety of students at Illinois schools and colleges.

The Governor signed three bills related to school safety this week:
  • SB 2710 (Sen. Bill Cunningham) requires private schools to conduct an annual review of school safety programs and procedures.

  • SB 2934 (Sen. Steve Stadelman) authorizes the Illinois Emergency Management Agency to make grants to higher education institutions, public K-12 school districts, and special education cooperatives for safety and security improvements.

  • HB 5716 (Rep. Rich Brauer) requires public school building’s emergency and crisis response plans be made available to first responders, administrators, and teachers on handheld electronic devices.

Minimum Wage Referendum on November Ballot

On Sunday, Governor Quinn signed IFT-supported HB 3814 (House Speaker Michael Madigan/Sen. Kimberly Lightford) giving voters an opportunity to weigh in on a non-binding referendum in November. The referendum will ask, “Shall the minimum wage in Illinois for adults over the age of 18 be raised to $10 per hour by Januray 1, 2015?”
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