SupportAVRSPRINGFIELD – Today, the Senate took an important step toward modernizing voter registration with the passage of Senate Bill 250. The proposal would make automatic voter registration a reality in the State of Illinois. As co-sponsor of the bill, Senator Michael Noland (D-Elgin) released the following statement. 


“This year while visiting Springfield, President Obama called for us to reduce barriers to voting and set an example for the nation by passing automatic voter registration, a much needed step in our state. With this legislation we ensure that every person in the state is able to add their voice to determining the future. Voting will become easier than it ever has in the past and I am proud to be a cosponsor and again add my support.”


It is estimated that under this measure around 2 million eligible voters will be registered and accuracy will be increased by ensuring voter rolls are regularly updated.

 

The legislation passed with a vote of 38-18-00.

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SPRINGFIELD – Today, the Senate took a crucial vote for the future of education in the state. The proposal, Senate Bill 231, would rework the out-of-date education funding formula to a need-based formula for school districts.

“I have been an advocate of this mission from the start and am proud to add my support as chief co-sponsor of the bill,” said State Senator Michael Noland (D-Elgin). “This is a matter of equality, fairness and what is right. There are so many school districts in need, and the students in those districts deserve to have the same educational opportunity as those in more affluent districts.”

Under this proposal, Carpentersville School District 300 would gain $390,000, while Elgin School District U-46, also in Noland’s district, would see a funding increase of $23 million for the next fiscal year.

“While it is true there are some major winners in this formula, this is not about winners or losers; this is about having a funding system in place that is equitable and sustainable and ensures every child gets the quality education they deserve.”

Additionally, there is a provision in the plan that will ensure no school district, such as Schaumburg and Hoffman Estates school districts 54 and 211, loses money for the coming fiscal year 2017.

The legislation passed with a vote of 31-21-3 and will now be sent to the House for consideration.

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ELGINIf it wasn’t for the help of State Sen. Michael Noland (D-Elgin), Majority Caucus Whip Iris Y. Martinez (D-Chicago) and State Sen. William Delgado (D-Chicago), the doors at a substance abuse treatment center serving primarily Hispanics would be closing.Latino Treatment Center Press Conference

Martinez and Noland were at the Latino Treatment Center’s (LTC) Elgin facility today to announce that the state has released more than $59,000 dollars held up in the budget impasse that will allow the agency to keep operating. Prior to state dollars being released, the agency was about to close and had cut salaries and exhausted cash reserves to maintain services to its 160 clients.

“I am grateful that the state got the Latino Treatment Center the money it was owed, but it should have never taken this long,” Martinez said. “And what about all of the other human service agencies that are cutting programs and staff? It’s past due for the governor to sign a budget.”

The state began working on getting the dollars released after Delgado, Noland, Martinez and LTC Executive Director Adriana Trino participated in a press conference regarding the agency’s dire fiscal situation. The Rauner administration also cut the agency’s budget by more than $60,000 in August.

"Although we are relieved to have the funds to close out our FY16 budget, our agency had 20 percent of the budget cut,” Trino said.  “As a result, the Latino Treatment Center is operating at a deficit, we are unable to start new programs for our clients and my staff is left absorbing the constant impacts left behind by these budget cuts. We at Latino Treatment Center will continue to fight for the care of our clients under these challenging times, until our doors are forced to close."

LTC has bilingual staff and evaluates and serves those in the Hispanic community by conducting evaluations for alcohol and drugs in either Spanish or English. Its staff specializes in outpatient treatment for substance abuse, treatment for families, individual and group counseling and adolescent treatment.

“Although I am happy the Latino Treatment Center has received a portion of the funding they require from the state, there are so many of our social services who have not,” said Noland. “The Renz Addiction Center is owed over $200,000; Lutheran Social Services, $300,000; Ecker Center $800,000; Elgin Crisis Center $200,000.  The governor is holding this funding hostage until he gets his way. I refuse to stand by silently as our governor and his party insist on cutting vital services, in calamitous denial of proposing actual solutions that might address the issue of revenue."

LTC assists people in Cook, DuPage and Kane counties.

“Unfortunately, we have a governor in office whose agenda is focused on cutting off funding for our most vulnerable citizens in order to create political pressure,” Delgado said. “While I am extremely pleased that this funding was released, we cannot continue to operate this way as a state government. People depend on these services, and we need to guarantee that they will continue to be available to them in the future.”

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SPRINGFIELD- This week the Senate voted on a measure that would appropriate 3.9 billion in funds to various agencies in need.

The legislation, SB 2046, would fund social service programs, higher education and other programs not currently receiving money during the budget impasse. Senator Michael Noland (D-Elgin) released the following statement after voting in support of the plan.

“What the governor fails to realize is that he is playing with human lives. Without this funding, mental health organizations, senior homes, treatment centers and colleges are shutting down. In my district a group home for mentally ill women is closing. College students are being asked to pay back grant awards because the state has not funded them. Lives are being destroyed because the governor and Republicans continue in ruinous opposition to simply meeting the just demands of our people.”

The legislation will now be presented to the governor for his approval.

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