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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“Taking someone’s only form of identification can be a hassle, at best, and a hazard, at worst.”

– State Senator Michael Noland

053014 js 0410SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois General Assembly has approved without opposition a measure advanced by State Senator Michael Noland (D-Elgin) that would allow drivers cited for petty traffic offenses to keep their licenses. The Senate today accepted changes to the measure made in the House of Representatives.

Noland’s proposal (Senate Bill 2583) changes the Illinois Traffic Code to eliminate a requirement that drivers committing petty traffic offenses post bond. Illinois is the last state in the country with such a requirement that, in practice, forces drivers to forfeit their licenses to law enforcement officers.

Noland said it no longer makes sense to take away drivers’ licenses given the myriad activities that require identification, such as filling a prescription, using a credit card and boarding a plane.

“It’s about time Illinois caught up with the country on this,” Noland said. “In our information-driven and security-conscious world, taking someone’s only form of identification can be a hassle, at best, and a hazard, at worst.”

The House of Representatives amended the measure to address concerns raised during the Senate debate. The changes exempt business- and weight limit-related traffic offenses and remove a minimum fine of $50 for petty traffic offenses included in the original language.

The proposal now goes to the governor for his consideration.

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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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(This op-ed appeared online in the Chicago Sun-Times opinion section on May 27, 2014. The link to the letter is http://www.suntimes.com/opinions/letters/27724206-474/reform-states-school-funding-formula.html#.U4X9585jONF)

052714CM1431Over the past year, I have served on the bi-partisan eight-member Education Funding Advisory Committee (EFAC). Earlier this session, after traveling all over the state holding countless committee meetings and hearings, under the leadership of Chief Sponsor Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill), EFAC submitted for peer review the Illinois School Reform Act of 2014. Also known as SB16, the act reshapes the current funding formula that emerged nearly two decades ago.

On its own, SB16 will not change how much we spend on our schools. But it will send state funds where they are needed most, helping ensure that kids in struggling school districts have the same educational opportunity as those in more affluent areas.

Yes, there will be winners — and losers. Some school districts will get more money from the state. Others will get less.

But the winners will be the districts that need help most. And SB16 provides that no district will get less money from the state unless it is already fully equipped with the local resources to educate their children.

That is fair. That is equitable.

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