Sen Noland on the floorSPRINGFIELD – State Senator Michael Noland (D-Elgin) adds his support to the School Funding Reform Act of 2015 that was introduced today at a press conference by chief sponsor Senator Andy Manar.

The act creates a new need-based funding formula for the distribution of state dollars to school districts. It is a revised version of last year’s Senate Bill 16, which passed the Senate in May, and is being introduced this session as an amendment to SB 1.

“It is time we ensure children in struggling school districts have the same opportunity for success as those in more affluent districts,” said Noland, a chief co-sponsor of the bill. “When we fail to educate our students, we pay down the line. This is a chance to make education funding more sustainable for all, a chance to support our student’s futures and a stronger economy for Illinois.”

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ELGIN — The Senate voted last week to create a law to regulate eavesdropping in Illinois. State Senator Michael Noland (D-Elgin) voted in favor of the legislation and said it would provide some much needed privacy protection.

The new law clarifies that it is legal to film police officers interacting with the public while doing their jobs. Police officers, as ruled by the Illinois Supreme Court in March, have “no reasonable expectation of privacy” while executing their duties as police officers.

"This measure is an important and positive first step in what is now the new age of electronic messaging in Illinois,” Noland said. “More work will be done in the very next session of the Illinois General Assembly, ensuring that the law in Illinois keeps pace with technology.  This new eavesdropping law, however, will in the meantime protect both public and private freedom of speech."

Simply put, this measure bars individuals from secretly recording conversations between two parties that are intended to be private. That means, for example, an unscrupulous co-worker can’t record a private conversation somebody has criticizing their employer and use it for revenge.

The measure now moves to the governor’s desk for his signature.

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Senator Michael Noland will co-host a Mortgage Relief event on Saturday, June 14, 2014 at Elgin Community College. This event begins at 9 a.m., with a press conference at 10 a.m., and is sponsored by the Kane County Foreclosure Task Force.

The free workshop will offer homeowners helpful advice about mortgage refinancing, foreclosure prevention, legal rights, credit counseling and avoiding scam artists. Homeowners can also obtain private, one-on-one housing counseling with HUD-certified counselors.

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“This is a chance for the people of Illinois to signal that they are no longer satisfied with a status quo that is failing students and teachers across the state.” – State Senator Michael Noland

052914 js 0321SPRINGFIELD – The State Senate today approved a proposal to ask voters whether the state should amend its constitution to allow an added tax on income greater than $1 million for education funding. The vote was 33-17.

The proposal, House Bill 3816, would direct the State Board of Elections to put the following question on the November 4, 2014 ballot:

“Should the Illinois Constitution be amended to require that each school district receive additional revenue, based on their number of students, from an additional 3% tax on income greater than one million dollars?”

The question would be advisory only, and would not carry the weight of law.

State Senator Michael Noland, an Elgin Democrat who is the measure’s sponsor, says he looks forward to putting the question to voters.

“This is a chance for the people of Illinois to signal that they are no longer satisfied with a status quo that is failing students and teachers across the state,” Noland said. “Structural tax reform can provide a more stable footing for education funding for future generations.”

If the state’s constitution were amended in line with the question, the state would bring in an estimated $1 billion for education funding.

The proposal now goes to the governor’s desk for his consideration.

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