I attended the Illinois State Board of Education informational tour regarding the Every Student Succeeds Act. This program provided by the federal government allows Illinois to design supports for students that consider the unique contexts where they live, grow and learn. The Illinois State Board of Education is releasing the first draft of the Illinois’ ESSA plan; you may find the link on my website. I look forward to hearing from our local educators their thoughts on how this program can help our children attain the best education.
This week, Illinois State University President Larry Dietz delivered the 2016 State of the University Address. I was pleased to hear that the student retention rate of 82 percent and a graduation rate of 73.4 percent placed Illinois State among the top 10 percent of universities in the nation.
Changes were made this week to the Senate Republican leadership team following the Sept. 15 retirement of Deputy Senate Republican Leader Matt Murphy (R-Palatine) from legislative office. Also during the week, the Illinois Supreme Court once again affirms that it will not allow Illinois residents to have a voice in how legislative districts are drawn. Meanwhile, Illinois gets a win as IDOC and IDHS team up to help mentally ill inmates and end a long legal battle that predates the current Governor.
Highlighting the state’s need for serious structural reforms, Forbes rated Illinois as the second biggest loser in outmigration, particularly with high-earners and the younger crowd, based on tax data from the last year of the Quinn administration. And the USDA says farmers are heading back to the fields for a bumper crop that may not be that great for their pocketbooks.
As always, please feel free to reach out to our offices with any your concerns or comments.
Senator Bill Brady