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Fair Tax IL

Springfield – Today members of the Illinois House of Representatives adjourned without considering HJRCA 59, the Fair Tax amendment. If passed, the measure would have given voters a chance at the ballot box to choose to allow a Fair Tax in Illinois, which is an income tax system where those who make lower incomes pay a lower rate, and those who make higher incomes pay a higher rate.

The Reporter's Jonah Newman is a finalist for the Livingston Awards for Young Journalists for his reporting on claims that a private security firm was harassing residents of a Section 8 housing complex on the Far South Side.

SB3005

Today RROCI (Restoring Rights & Opportunities Coalition of Il) leaders were in Springfield advocating for SB 3005 to remove barriers to jobs in park districts for people with criminal records. We thanked our Chief Senate Sponsor Jacqueline Collins for helping us pass this bill in the Senate a few weeks ago. SB 3005 is now in the Illinois House and Representative Cassidy is the Chief House Sponsor. 

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HB4515

More good news to share from Springfield!  HB4515 passed the House today!  This bill improves the health care waive process for people with criminal records and increases job opportunities.  It now moves to the Senate.  Thanks to your advocacy, Chief Sponsor Camille Lilly, and RROCI members: FORCE, Cabrini Green Legal Aid, Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, and Heartland Alliance.

SB3005 will remove barriers to employment in park districts for people with criminal records and now moves to the House.

“Changing the head of CPD (Chicago Police Department) is like trying to weed your garden by chopping off the tops. We need to go to the root or the weeds keep coming back. And the weed’s name is lack of public accountability!”

The Chicago Headline Club just announced finalists for the 39th annual Peter Lisagor Awards for Exemplary Journalism, which recognizes the best journalism in the state. Catalyst Chicago and The Chicago Reporter received nine nominations and Linda Lenz will be honored with a Lifetime Achievement

Thank you Representative Kelly Cassidy for passing HB 4360 today to support jobs for people w records! 

While we were in Springfield, HB 4360, which will expand employment opportunities in schools for people with records, passed the House 64-47-01!  We have worked for over 3 years on passing this legislation as part of the Restoring Rights and Opportunities Coalition of Illinois (RROCI).  HB 4360 now moves to the Senate and includes the Governor’s recommended language from his amendatory veto of a similar bill last year.  We celebrate this important victory. 

 

HB4515

HB4515 passed out of committee

The Chicago Headline Club, the local chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, will honor Catalyst publisher and founder Linda Lenz with a lifetime achievement award for her "extraordinary work in Chicago journalism." Before launching Catalyst in 1990, Lenz was the education writer for the Chicago Sun-Times and an editorial writer for the Chicago Daily News. She is retiring at the end of this month.

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