It’s the first Thursday in May, and per tradition the Illinois Police Memorial Commission was joined by officers from across the state, has gathered to pay tribute to fallen officers and their families. Those gathered expressed overwhelming gratitude and emotion as they reflected on the memories left behind by fallen officers.
Governor Pat Quinn and Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka spoke to thank law enforcement for what they do and emphasized the importance of their work. St. Clair County State’s Attorney Brendan Kelly spoke about his work with cases dealing with fallen police officers and the importance of remembering their lives. Director of the Illinois State Police Hiram Grau talked about the dangers of working in law enforcement and the bravery officers exemplify every time they put on their uniform.
Tight state resources and decreased property values have left many school districts across Illinois scrambling to balance their budgets. In far too many cases, school districts have resorted to cutting staff and eliminating extracurricular activities.
The reality of reduced state resources has given a new push to the decades-long and unresolved question of how to more equitably fund education in Illinois.
Leading this discussion has been State Senator Andy Manar (D – Bunker Hill), who recently introduced a resolution creating a committee to review how education dollars are currently distributed and recommend ways to implement a fairer way of funding education.
A minor exception was made to the generally conservative Senate dress code allowing, and in some cases requiring, Capitol goers to trade out their dress shoes for athletic shoes.
The ‘Illinois Suits and Sneakers’ event was held in conjunction with Coaches vs. Cancer and was created to promote cancer prevention studies and to raise awareness about the importance of cancer research. The event was coordinated by the American Cancer Society and the Cancer Action Network.
State Senator Tom Cullerton’s (D-Villa Park) proposal to reduce government in DuPage County passed the Senate on Thursday. This proposal gives the DuPage County Board the ability to consolidate smaller levels of local government.
"It's no secret Illinois has way too many layers of government,” Cullerton said. “My goal here is to make DuPage County a leader in streamlining government, while at the same time ensuring taxpayers get quality services."
Bonnie McDonald, president of Landmarks Illinois, announced the list to media and dozens of concerned citizens from all across who gathered in a third-floor conference room in the Stratton Building in Springfield.
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