Appeals court tosses forced union dues lawsuit, next stop Supreme Court

Some Bills of concern....

Listed below are bills of concern that we are keeping track of:

Tack Action: HB 2569 OPPONENT Expands PE Exemptions 9-12
HB 2569 (Chief Sponsor Representative Harris) Expands the grades levels that allowed for PE exemptions.

Tack Action: HB 793 OPPONENT Unfunded Mandates
HB 793 (Chief Sponsor Representative Demmer) Unfunded Mandates Would allow districts to eliminate or reduce PE requirements.

DEFEATED!....Bills that got defeated

Bills That State Legislators Took Action On

HB 440 (Chief Sponsor Jeanne Ives) OPPONENT Defeated 2-23-2017
(However, may still be recalled for a vote.)
HB 440 Permanently diminishes physical education requirements.

HB 670 (Chief Sponsor Thomas Morrison) OPPONENT Defeated 2-23-2017
HB 670 School districts may offer drivers education through contracted commercial services

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Tankers that derailed in Lake Forest carried hazardous material: officials

Post By: Chicago Tribune
http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/lake-forest/news/ct-six-freight-ca...

Are you in the Oil Train Blast Zone?
VIEW: http://explosive-crude-by-rail.org
Wheeling High School is located on the edge of the oil train blast zone - What Emergency Response procedures specific to this hazard are currently in place?

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GOP health bill provides $883 billion in tax cuts, strips 24 million of health coverage

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Hearings on Judge Gorsuch to begin Monday

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President Trump's budget proposal to slash public education

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Illinois Board Of Education Approves Replacement For No Child Left Behind

"The new Illinois plan breaks from the 15-year-old No Child Left Behind law most significantly in two ways: how schools are graded by the state and how they’re treated if they fall short. Under the latter, the state intends to create a system of support for struggling schools called IL-Empower where pre-approved vendors will be called in to help. This is different than under the No Child law, which laid out a set of escalating sanctions for schools when they performed poorly."

Salvaging a Senate compromise: Can pension reform and CPS funding coexist?

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Education, immigration complaints on the rise, attorney general says

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http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-top-consumer-complaints-2016-0...

The Illinois attorney general's office received nearly 1,700 complaints last year about for-profit colleges and student loan debt, moving the education category up one notch to No. 6 on the top 10 list of consumer fraud reports.

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