Friday, May 17, 2013
Passed by a 35-21 vote, the bill now goes to the desk of Gov. Pat Quinn, who has not yet said whether he intends to sign it.
By a vote of 35-21, the Illinois Senate approved legislation on Friday that would allow doctors in the state to prescribe marijuana as pain relief for severe medical conditions. The bill now goes to Gov. Pat Quinn for his signature. According to the Chicago Tribune, the bill covers 33 specific conditions—including multiple sclerosis, cancer and HIV infection—and includes several controls, with a four-year trial program, dosage limits, fingerprinting, background checks and licensed dispensing centers. “This bill is filled with walls to keep this limited,” the paper quoted sponsoring Sen. Bill Haine (D-Alton), who urged lawmakers to pass the legislation as a compassionate measure for those suffering with extreme pain. In opposition, Sen. …
Saturday, May 11, 2013
North Shore Congressman, who has been reaching out to students since January, calls local academic achievement a reason so many of Illinois’s top schools are in the 10th District.
Since taking office in January, Rep. Brad Schneider (D-Deerfield) has visited six schools in the 10th Congressional District and met with students in other places including his offices in Washington and Lincolnshire. When asked by students at Learn Charter School at Great Lakes May 3 about educational opportunities, Schneider was quick to point out students from the District attend nearly half of the state’s top 20 high schools. Earlier: Kirk, Durbin, Schneider Tour New School as Sequester Removes Shine “Nine of the top 20 public high schools in Illinois educate students from the 10th District,” Schneider said referring to the fact local schools were ranked in the top 20 by U.S. News and World Report. Those schools are Deerfield High …
Friday, May 10, 2013
The Cook County Board has added Section 8, or Housing Choice Vouchers, under the Illinois Fair Housing Law.
Up until recently, it was the landlord's discretion on whether he or she would allow Section 8 tenants. That all changed on May 8 as the Cook County Board approved a measure that would penalize landlords for discriminating against Section 8 voucher holders. For example, the Illinois Fair Housing Law states that one cannot deny an applicant based on race, ethnicity, religion, age, sex, disability, presence of children or sexual orientation. Now, Section 8 voucher holders have been added to that list. The measure passed 9-6. If a prospective Section 8 holder believes they were denied a unit because of their voucher status, they now have the right to file a complaint with the Cook County Commission on Human Rights. According to Open …
Gov. Pat Quinn is pushing for 11 Illinois counties to be named major disaster areas.
Friday, May 10
Governor Pat Quinn today asked President Barack Obama to declare 11 Illinois counties major disaster areas following the storms and heavy rainfall that moved through the state in mid-April. If the governor’s request is approved, residents in those counties will be eligible to apply for grants and low-interest federal loans to help recover from the historic flooding. Counties included in the request are Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Fulton, Grundy, Kane, Kendall, Lake, LaSalle, McHenry and Will. “We must do everything possible to help families impacted by this historic flooding as they rebuild their lives,” Governor Quinn said. “Today we are making a strong case to President Obama to help expedite the review and approval process so the people of …
Thursday, May 9, 2013
The state rep. will meet constituents at the Wilmette Public Library on Monday morning.
State rep. Laura Fine (D-Glenview) is hosting a public "Coffee and Conversation" at the Wilmette Public Library on Monday morning from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. “I believe it is important to be accessible to residents,” Fine said in the press release. “I’d like to make myself available as much as possible for community members to come discuss the district and ask questions." For more information, or to learn about other upcoming events, please contact Rep. Fine’s office by calling (847) 998-1717 or by e-mailing RepFine@gmail.com. Sign up for the Glenview Patch morning newsletter to get the latest local government updates in your email.
Former Congressman plans to run for 10th District seat he lost to Rep. Brad Schneider (D-Deerfield) in a November squeaker.
Former Rep. Robert Dold (R-Kenilworth) wrote in a letter to supporters today he will run for the United States House of Representatives in the 10th Congressional District in 2014, a seat he lost to Rep. Brad Schneider (D-Deerfield) in November. “With deep reflection, and strong support from you … I’ve made the decision to step forward and run in 2014 to represent the 10th District of Illinois,” Dold wrote in the letter. Earlier: Is Dold Seeking 2014 Rematch With Schneider Dold was elected to represent the north suburban District in 2010, defeating Dan Seals in a close contest. In his bid for reelection last year, he lost another close race, this time to Schneider in a redrawn district that carved out his Kenilworth home. Dold ran for …
Sequester costing schools in Deerfield, Highland Park and Glenview $140,000.
Did you know the Sequester, which forced spending cuts on the Federal government earlier this year is taking money out of schools in Highland Park, Glenview and Deerfield? Schools in these communities receive approximately $140,000 a year to cover the cost of educating children of military parents. That stopped when the Sequester went into effect, according to school officials. Earlier: Kirk, Durbin Schneider Tour New School as Sequester Removes Shine Congress restored money for air traffic controllers cut by the Sequester to ease flight delays. Patch wants to know if you think local schools should get the same treatment as the airline industry and has prepared an unscientific poll to gauge your opinion. Township High School District 113, …
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Two outgoing members are saluted and five members are sworn in; the board has a new president.
The Maine Township High School District 207 board of education said goodbye to two members and hello to two new members at its Monday meeting. The board honored Edward Mueller and Eldon Burk, who both stepped down, for their service. Sean Sullivan, who had served as president, gave the oath of office to Mary Childers, Jin Lee, Eric Leys, Margaret McGrath and Carla Owen. Leys and McGrath were re-elected on the April 9 ballot, and Childers and Lee were elected for the first time. Carla Owen had been appointed to the board last year and won election on April 9. The board then elected new officers, choosing McGrath as its new president and Donna Pellar as vice president. The newly-reorganized board carried on with the rest of the meeting…
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Non-perishable food can be dropped off at Fine’s office at 1812 Waukegan Rd., Suite A, in Glenview throughout May from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Illinois lawmakers Laura Fine (D-Glenview, Daniel Biss (D-Evanston) and Robyn Gabel (D-Evanston) are working together to collect food for local pantries throughout the month of May, according to a press release. “It is essential that we help the pantries around our community collect food for those less fortunate,” Fine said in the release. “...summer donations are especially important to food pantries as parents whose children usually receive free or reduced lunch at school will rely on food pantries to supplement their grocery supply.” Non-perishable food items can be dropped off at the following locations: Rep. Laura Fine’s Office 1812 Waukegan Rd., Suite A, Glenview 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Rep. Robyn Gabel’s Office 820 Davis St., Suite …
Monday, May 6, 2013
As North Shore Congressman leads group of 25 on JUF mission to Israel, they observe live fire in Syria from vantage point on Mt. Hermon.
When Rep. Brad Schneider (D-Deerfield) led a mission of 25 people to Israel last week for the Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago (JUF), the group expected to get a special look at the country others do not often see. What none of them expected was to observe was a battle in the Syrian civil war but that is exactly what happened when the group visited an Israeli observation point atop Mt. Hermon on the Golan Heights only 25 miles from Damascus. Earlier: Schneider Experiences Role Reversal Three Syrian towns were in clear view not too far from the Israeli border. “We were standing there as a battle broke out,” Schneider said. “No one in our group had ever experienced live fire before in a military conflict,” David Golder of Glencoe, …