Sen. Kimberly Lightford

CPS Classroom

New Law Creates ‘Bring Your Parents To School Day’

“A well-rounded education starts at home, and there is no better way to kick-off the school year right than with empowered parents,” Gov. Pat Quinn said.

08/10/2013

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Illinois’ Writing Test Back, But Without Funding

After a two-year reprieve, Illinois high school juniors will be tested on their writing skills again next spring during state standardized tests.

07/04/2013

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Lawmakers Debate Lowering Mandatory School Age From 7 To 6

The Illinois Senate has passed a measure that would require parents to send their kids to school before their 7th birthday, in a vote that broke down along party lines.

05/22/2013

Illinois State Capitol

State Lawmakers Pass Budget, But Not Without Contention

Illinois lawmakers have passed a budget to the Gov. Pat Quinn, but not without a lot of contention.

WBBM Newsradio–06/01/2012

Illinois State Capitol

State Senate Committee Approves Minimum Wage Hike

The Illinois State Senate Executive Committee has approved a plan to increase the state’s minimum wage, and let it increase automatically in the future.

CBS Chicago–05/17/2012

Illinois State Senate

Senate Votes To End Controversial Legislative Scholarship Program

The Illinois Senate agreed Thursday to stop letting lawmakers hand out free college educations to their constituents, removing the final roadblock to ending a century-old practice plagued by allegations of corruption and political favoritism.

05/03/2012

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UPDATED: Education Reform Proposal Moving Forward

A major school reform package advanced in an Illinois Senate committee in Springfield on Thursday, with an unusual coalition of lawmakers, school districts and teachers unions supporting the measure.

CBS Chicago–04/14/2011