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September 20, 2018
VFP: Police Chiefs, Legislator Visit Maywood Preschool, Urge State to Boost Funds
By Community Editor
"Two area police chiefs and a state legislator recently visited a prekindergarten class in Maywood in order to read to students and show their support for additional preschool funding."
September 13, 2018
VFP: Small Farmers Spend A Day In Proviso Township With Their Adopted State Rep
By Michael Romain
"Whiteside County, Ill. is where the easternmost portion of Iowa kisses the westernmost portion of the Land of Lincoln. Tampico, one of the county’s most recognizable municipalities, is where President Ronald Reagan was born. Morrison, Whiteside’s county seat, is closer to Iowa City than Chicago."
august 10, 2018
Press Release: New Restraint Law Will Keep Illinois Children Safe
WESTCHESTER – A new Illinois law pushed by Rep. Emanuel “Chris” Welch, D-Hillside, will ensure young children are properly restrained and safe while traveling in vehicles around the state.
Welch helped lead the efforts this year for House Bill 4377, which was signed into law last week.
July 3, 2018
Opinion: Sorry, Guv, but you have by no means been the salvation of the black community
"When temporary workers faced serious hurdles in the workplace, state Rep. Carol Ammons stepped up to pass the Responsible Jobs Creation Act.
When students from Chicago and low-income areas around the state desperately needed a new school funding formula, state Rep. Will Davis led the charge."
June 21, 2018
CLTV: Rauner Praises Trump Executive Order, Faces Backlash from Black Caucus
By Jordan Muck
April 21, 2018
IEA: State Rep. Emanuel “Chris” Welch Receives IEA Friend of Education Award
"ROSEMONT – One of the top public education advocates in the Illinois General Assembly is the recipient of the 2018 Friend of Education Award from the Illinois Education Association (IEA).
State Rep. Emanuel “Chris” Welch (D-Hillside), was recognized with the award at the IEA Representative Assembly on Saturday at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare in Rosemont, Ill."
November 9, 2017
NPR Illinois: Cursive Law Becomes Welch's Signature Issue
By Dusty Rhodes
"With teachers devoting much of their time to preparing students for standardized tests, penmanship has disappeared from the curriculum in many schools. A new state law approved yesterday will bring it back, to ensure elementary students get instruction in cursive writing — sometime between 2nd and 5th grade.
State Rep. Emanuel Chris Welch (D-Hillside) filed the measure the same day lawmakers approved his resolution on zombie apocalypse preparedness.
He took this measure a bit more seriously, but he wasn’t sure anyone else would."
October 30, 2017
Chicago Tonight: State Lawmakers Speak Out on Sexual Harassment in Springfield
By Evan Garcia
"It’s been one week since an open letter describing a culture of sexual harassment and misconduct in Springfield began circulating online.
Since then, nearly 300 women and men – including several politicians, public officials and political insiders – have signed the letter, which calls for #NoMore in Illinois, referencing the recent #MeToo social media trend in which victims of sexual harassment share their stories."
April 24, 2017
NPR Illinois: The Flowing Font Fight
By Dusty Rhodes
"Should the State of Illinois require public schools to teach students how to write in cursive? That question is at the center of a legislative measure generating more controversy than you might expect for a bill that doesn’t even involve money."
April 3, 2017
Chicago Tonight: For These Chicago Kids, Time is ‘Write’ for Cursive Clubs
By Amanda Vinicky
"Cursive has fallen out of fashion in many Chicago classrooms. But the time may be “write” for a resurgence.
“Ready? Around. Up. Pick up, here we go,” Chicago Public Schools teacher Crystal Oswald tells her students, as she traces a cursive capital letter “T” – the strokes of her pencil displayed on a screen in front of a row of desks."
March 9, 2017
NBC 5 Chicago: Illinois House Votes to Make October 'Zombie Preparedness Month'
By Tom Schuba
"I am told that if you are prepared for zombies, then you would be prepared to deal with a natural disaster like tornadoes, blizzards, natural disasters of any kind,” Welch said on the House floor Thursday.
February 5, 2017
Chicago Tribune: State lawmakers consider expanding Illinois immigrant protections in response to Trump
By Tribune News Services
"Illinois legislators are proposing to boost immigrant protections statewide in response to President Donald Trump's executive orders on immigration, a move advocates say would essentially give the state "sanctuary" status.
One proposal says schools, medical facilities and places of worship don't have to give access to federal immigration authorities or local law enforcement working on their behalf. Another proposal would limit cooperation and communication between local police and immigration authorities."
December 13, 2016
Chicago Tonight: State Reps Say Paycheck Delay Unconstitutional
By Nick Blumberg
"No budget, no pay. That’s been the rallying cry behind the move to put state lawmaker paychecks in the same queue as the rest of the bills making up Illinois’ massive backlog. But six Democratic state representatives contend that forcing lawmakers to wait longer for their paychecks isn’t just illegal, it’s a Republican power play by Gov. Bruce Rauner and former Comptroller Leslie Munger."
October 3, 2016
CBS News: Who Inherits a Selfie? States Seek to Fill Privacy Law Gaps
"SPRINGFIELD, ILL. -- When a loved one dies, laws cover how their houses, cars, and other property are passed on to relatives. But the rules are murkier - and currently far more restrictive - when it comes to pictures on Facebook, emails to friends or relatives and even financial records stored in online cloud accounts."
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