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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SPRINGFIELD – Today, Gov. Bruce Rauner was sworn into office during the inaugural ceremony in Springfield. Leaving office after six years is Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn.

“It is the end of one era and the beginning of another,” said State Senator Michael Noland (D-Elgin).  “Governor Quinn was dedicated to the people of Illinois; I thank him for his efforts and his positive legacy. My best wishes accompany him in his future endeavors and public service. I look forward to working with Governor Rauner and reaching an understanding in addressing the issues that we face as a state.”

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Last May, the General Assembly adopted House Joint Resolution 96, which effectively created the Joint Criminal Justice Reform Committee. The committee’s intent was to review the current Illinois criminal justice system and offer recommendations for reform.

Starting on July 15, 2014, the committee held five hearings at the Michael A. Bilandic Building in Chicago and heard testimony from 42 agencies researchers, data analysts, policy organizations, and advocates and community organizers. Additionally, the committee visited five criminal justice sites.

The committee has now released a report documenting its preliminary work and recommendations. However, our work is not finished as a committee, and we take this mantle up as one of the highest tasks in our attempts to make Illinois not only a safer state, but a more fair and ethical one as well.

: http://www.ilga.gov/reports/special/98Joint%20Committee%20Final%20Report.pdf

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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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