Proposed Legislation Looks To Mandate Sex Education For Schools, Teach Dangers Of ‘Sexting’

SPRINGFIELD – Some Democratic Illinois lawmakers want to adopt more comprehensive sex education standards for K-12 schools to ensure students have a firm understanding of the importance of consent, the consequences of sharing underage sexually explicit material, and knowing when an action is considered sexual abuse. This week, the House Elementary and Secondary Education: School Curriculum […]

U Of I Researcher: State & Local Governments Need Relief

CHICAGO — The U.S. Senate is considering the latest COVID-19 relief bill, which has already passed in the House. One of the larger portions of the package is $350 billion that would be allocated to state and local governments.  Most congressional Republicans argue this money is unnecessary — that it’s a bailout for states and […]

Report: Illinois’ Pension Debt Tops $300 Billion

State Capitol of Illinois

SPRINGFIELD – A new report by the credit rating agency Moody’s says Illinois will set a new record this year when it reports a total net pension liability of more than $300 billion, the highest of any state in the nation. As of June 30, 2020, the report stated, the total unfunded liabilities of the […]

State Drops Most Child Support Interest Charges

SPRINGFIELD – The state is no longer charging interest on late child support payments that are made through the Department of Healthcare and Family Services unless it’s ordered by a court, and all of the outstanding interest charges that those parents owed have been zeroed out. A spokesman for the agency said in an email […]