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Stuart to host town hall with local female leaders

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GLEN CARBON – State Rep. Katie Stuart, D-Edwardsville, is hosting a town hall meeting with women leaders in the Metro East on Tuesday, May 1 from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Glen Carbon Centennial Library located at 198 S. Main St.

“I introduced legislation to expand access to private rooms for nursing mothers who visit our state capitol in response to concerns I had heard from local women who had visited Springfield only to find that there were no suitable areas to privately breastfeed,” said Stuart. “The conversations I have with local residents every single day drive my legislative agenda in Springfield, and these town halls are a crucial way that I receive feedback and ideas from the people I represent.”

Stuart hosts regular town hall meetings and other public meetings for residents to share their opinions on state issues. Additionally, she formed and meets with members of her Women’s Issues Citizen Advisory Committee to discuss issues and legislation impacting women. Stuart’s town hall meetings are free and open to the public.

“The legislature is scheduled for nearly non-stop session as we continue work on the budget and other issues before the May 31 adjournment,” Stuart added. “I encourage everyone to attend this town hall and share their ideas with me on how we can tackle any issues that women are facing in our communities and in our state.”

Stuart bill blocking politician pay increase advances in the House

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stuart katie squareLegislation sponsored by state Rep. Katie Stuart, D-Edwardsville, to block an automatic pay increase for state lawmakers from taking effect next year advanced out of the House State Government Committee on Thursday.

“I spend my time going door-to-door in our community, meeting with social service providers and not-for-profit organizations, visiting schools and speaking with small-business owners throughout the Metro East,” said Stuart. “Everyone is struggling to make ends meet, especially schools and organizations that rely on state funding, including organizations that serve senior citizens, veterans, domestic violence victims and the developmentally disabled. This is no time for politicians to take a pay raise.”

House Bill 5760 prohibits cost-of-living adjustments and freezes travel reimbursement rates for lawmakers and statewide office holders. Stuart passed similar legislation last year.

“This is a commonsense bill that all legislators should support to demonstrate our commitment to fiscal responsibility and good government that works for the people we represent,” continued Stuart. “Freezing lawmaker salaries alone won’t solve our fiscal challenges, and I’m committed to working with legislators on both sides of the aisle to identify savings and increase efficiencies to save taxpayer dollars and do more with what we have. This legislation is just the right thing to do.”

Lawmaker proposes splitting up the SIU system

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SPRINGFIELD — After Thursday’s vote against a plan to shift more money from SIUC to SIUE, a state lawmaker with ties to Edwardsville wants to split the two campuses.

State Rep. Jay Hoffman (D-Belleville) has suggested the idea several times over the past couple decades, but he still feels the effort could win approval, especially in light of this week’s events.

Hoffman said he feels like SIUE doesn’t benefit much from being in the SIU system. He also feels like the two universities have different missions, and having different governing boards for each one will allow both to thrive.

Hoffman has filed similar legislation as recently as 2014.

His bills would essentially do two things: put SIU Edwardsville and the SIU School of Medicine under one umbrella and let SIU Carbondale have its own board.

It would also guarantee the two universities receive the same amount of money, not the 60-40 split it’s supposed to be currently.

Hoffman said that won’t cause SIUC to lose money.

“I would provide money to adequately fund the university systems, which would, I believe, not end up with SIU Carbondale losing money but both the universities would actually see an increase in the money,” Hoffman said.

Local lawmakers aren’t on board with the proposal.

“The timing is awful and it reeks a bit like a tantrum over what happened (Thursday),” State Rep. Terri Bryant (R-Murphysboro) said.

Bryant also said the move would hurt SIU’s research accreditation.

State Sen. Paul Schimpf (R-Waterloo) and State Rep. Natalie Phelps Finnie (D-Elizabethtown) want more time to research the idea, but Schimpf also said in a statement he feels the two universities are better off in the same system.

State Sen. Dale Fowler (R-Harrisburg) worries SIUC will lose more money under the proposal, which could be devastating to the community.

News 3 also reached out to SIU system president Randy Dunn. His spokesman told us he wants to wait a few days to respond.

Jehan Gordon-Booth to receive Victim Service Award | CIProud

https://ift.tt/2HiCEDi PEORIA, Ill. – It is National Crime Victim Rights Week, April 8-14th The annual event celebrates milestones in advocacy and encourages private citizens, organizations …

Conroy Raises Awareness of Pay Equity Day | Elmhurst, IL Patch

https://ift.tt/2GDzIlf VILLA PARK, Ill. – State Rep. Deb Conroy, D-Villa Park, is calling attention to the gender wage gap by recognizing April 10 as Pay Equity Day and sponsor new …

Conroy Raises Awareness Around National Donate Life Month …

https://ift.tt/2GDMLiz Bulletin Board: A Post From the Community | VILLA PARK, Ill. – State Rep. Deb Conroy, D-Villa Park, is raising awareness around National Donate Life month …

Bristow to host I-Cash event with Illinois State Treasurer …

https://ift.tt/2JaWvmm ALTON To help connect Illinois residents with forgotten or lost property, the office of state Rep. Monica Bristow, D-Godfrey, will be partnering with th

Fox Valley students say fight against sexual harassment requires curriculum change

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Some Fox Valley students say sexual harassment needs to be discussed during sex education classes at local high schools.

State Rep. Stephanie Kifowit (D-Oswego) said she recently filed legislation in Springfield that “was authored by the members of the 84th District Youth Advisory Council” for…

Bill is works to end teacher shortage

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Bill in works to end teacher shortage

ILLINOIS (WCIA) — One lawmaker is making an effort to help end the teacher shortage in Illinois.

State Representative Sue Scherer of Decatur is leading the charge to require a minimum base salary for full-time teachers in the state.

She says this bill will help teachers receive livable wages, especially with many perspective teachers dealing with massive student loan debt.

The bill has already received support from the Illinois Education Association.
 

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