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Friday, May 19, 2023 - Posted by Rich Miller

* Center Square

Last month at an Illinois Chamber of Commerce event in Springfield, Illinois House Speaker Emanuel “Chris” Welch, D-Hillside, was asked if they’d really end session early as scheduled.

“May 19th is the goal, that’s for sure,” Welch said. “If we can get a budget on the board May 19th that’s fiscally responsible and compassionate, we’ll get out of here on May 19th. Does that answer your question?”

Separately attending the event last month, Senate President Don Harmon, D-Oak Park, was asked the same question.

“We’re out of here May 19th,” Harmon said.

The Senate will be outta here tonight, but it’s coming back Wednesday. Oopsie. The Senate President’s spokesperson at least weekly reminds me that he doesn’t do predictions. His boss might wanna consider following suit. /s

* Hmm…


* Here’s the link to the full presser mentioned in another post…


* Center Square

Illinois Democrats seek to allow noncitizens to be police officers in state

The bill originally passed the House without a single dissenting vote and has several Republican co-sponsors.

The bill was amended in the Senate, which allowed the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police to move from opposed to neutral. It’s even backed by the Chicago FOP.

And the concurrence motion in the House passed tonight 100-7.

* Press release…

The Illinois Early Literacy Coalition celebrates the passage of SB2243 (Lightford/Mayfield), one of several bills in the ‘Literacy & Justice for All’ bill package. The bill was approved by the Illinois Senate earlier today and will soon be sent to the Governor’s desk for his signature.

“Teaching children to read is the most fundamental function of a public education system, and yet, every year, students are slipping through the cracks without mastering even basic literacy skills. Every child deserves the instruction and support that meets their needs to become a proficient reader. This initiative moves Illinois off the sidelines and into the action to fight for every student to have access to the literacy instruction they deserve,” said Senate Majority Leader Kimberly Lightford (D – Maywood).

Most states have taken on literacy reforms, but not all of those efforts have actually moved the needle on literacy outcomes. SB2243 directs the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) to create a comprehensive, statewide literacy plan in collaboration with stakeholders by January 31, 2024. ISBE would also be charged with developing tools and supports for districts and educators, such as a curriculum rubric, district literacy plan template, and teacher training modules. Finally, the bill would add transparency around a language and literacy subscore to the licensure test for elementary teachers (grades 1–6).

* Isabel’s roundup…

       

3 Comments
  1. - Anyone Remember - Friday, May 19, 23 @ 8:08 pm:

    “Non-citizens as police officers”

    The US Military uses “non-citizens” as “MPs” for multiple things, including walking flight lines, armed, guarding planes equipped with nuclear weapons. We ought to be able to hire them as police officers.


  2. - Luka - Saturday, May 20, 23 @ 7:33 am:

    No one outside the capital bubble cares about a May 19 deadline.


  3. - Rich Miller - Saturday, May 20, 23 @ 1:56 pm:

    ===No one outside the capital bubble cares===

    Take a look around you, this is *not* a Wendy’s.

    The general public not caring doesn’t mean the issue cannot be reported, debated, talked about, etc. Especially here, on this website, which is almost solely focused on Illinois state government and politics.

    Nobody has ever lost an election due to an overtime session. At the same time, very few have ever lost an election due to a specific floor vote. That doesn’t put issues off limits, particularly for us.


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