Kim Lightford http://wuis.org en Legislation Would Make Charter Schools Follow State Law On Special Ed, ELL http://wuis.org/post/legislation-would-make-charter-schools-follow-state-law-special-ed-ell <p>The Illinois General Assembly has approved legislation intended to make charter schools follow state laws for special education. But some lawmakers see this as the latest attack on charter schools.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Charter schools already have to follow federal laws on special education and for students who are just learning English. But according to the Illinois State Board of Education, a "handful" say they were exempt from stricter state requirements.</p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Brian Mackey 26654 at http://wuis.org Legislation Would Make Charter Schools Follow State Law On Special Ed, ELL Quinn Supports Minimum Wage Referendum http://wuis.org/post/quinn-supports-minimum-wage-referendum <p>Gov. Pat Quinn says he supports asking voters whether Illinois' minimum wage ought to be raised to $10 an hour.</p><p>The state Senate approved that question today for the November ballot.</p><p>Senator Kimberly Lightford, a Democrat from Maywood, says polling shows support for the hike across the state. She says a ballot question could give lawmakers the push they need.</p> Wed, 28 May 2014 21:02:03 +0000 Brian Mackey 26120 at http://wuis.org Quinn Supports Minimum Wage Referendum Minimum Wage Proposal Clears First Hurdle http://wuis.org/post/minimum-wage-proposal-clears-first-hurdle <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A plan to </span><a href="http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/BillStatus.asp?DocNum=68&amp;GAID=12&amp;DocTypeID=SB&amp;LegId=69166&amp;SessionID=85&amp;GA=98" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">raise the minimum wage</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> in Illinois has cleared its first legislative hurdle. But as it moves through the General Assembly, it continues to draw criticism from business groups.</span></p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 21:40:08 +0000 Hannah Meisel 21376 at http://wuis.org Minimum Wage Proposal Clears First Hurdle Ralliers Demand Minimum Wage Bump http://wuis.org/post/ralliers-demand-minimum-wage-bump <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The battle over raising the minimum wage got lot louder on Wednesday. Several hundred minimum wage workers and union members rallied in the Capitol.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A coalition of unions and activist groups lobbied lawmakers and shared their stories of life on minimum wage.</span></p><p>Rachel Bittenbender is 25 and earning $8.25 an hour. She works just shy of full-time at a fast food restaurant in Dixon, near Rockford.</p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 23:56:42 +0000 Hannah Meisel 19786 at http://wuis.org Ralliers Demand Minimum Wage Bump Should Students Get Miranda Warnings? http://wuis.org/post/should-students-get-miranda-warnings <p>Illinois lawmakers are considering what steps police should have to take before questioning kids at school.</p><p>The legislation would basically make police read kids their Miranda rights — that they can remain silent, and anything they say can be used against them in court.</p><p>It would also make police notify parents they have the opportunity to be present during questioning.</p><p>Sen. Kim Lightford, a Democrat from Maywood, calls it a "student bill of rights."</p> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 14:23:44 +0000 Brian Mackey 19338 at http://wuis.org Should Students Get Miranda Warnings? Voices In The News 2013 http://wuis.org/post/voices-news-2013 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As we get ready to welcome 2014, we thought we’d take a few minutes to reflect on some of the voices in the news this past year in Illinois state politics and government. People in the Capitol were busy with same-sex marriage, medical marijuana, and dozens of other issues. What follows are a few of the more memorable moments.</span></p> Tue, 31 Dec 2013 20:43:22 +0000 Brian Mackey 16041 at http://wuis.org Voices In The News 2013 Quinn Again Pushes For Minimum Wage Hike http://wuis.org/post/quinn-again-pushes-minimum-wage-hike <p>Gov. Pat Quinn is again making a push for raising Illinois' minimum wage. &nbsp;<br>The Chicago Democrat has been visiting black churches in the Chicago area as he ramps up his 2014 re-election bid. On Sunday, he told congregants at Missionary Baptist Fellowship Church that helping those who live in poverty is a principle as old as the Bible. &nbsp;<br>Illinois last raised the minimum wage in 2010. &nbsp; Mon, 02 Sep 2013 10:21:21 +0000 Sean Crawford 8226 at http://wuis.org Quinn Again Pushes For Minimum Wage Hike