LEGISLATIVE SCHOLARSHIPS UNDER SCRUTINY
Another college assistance program, the Illinois Legislative Scholarship Program, is also being scrutinized. The program lets legislators offer scholarships to students within their district who might not otherwise be able to attend college.
I have drafted legislation to abolish the Legislative Scholarship Program, and allow colleges and universities to use their funds to award scholarships to deserving students.
JUDGE RULES AGAINST STATE LAYOFFS
A judge ruled September 28 against Governor Quinn’s plan to lay off thousands of state prison workers. Quinn initially proposed the layoffs as a way to reduce the state’s financial obligations; however, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) union challenged the proposed layoffs in court, citing safety and administrative concerns.
Circuit Court Judge Todd Lambert stated that the union did prove that “irreparable harm…would be suffered by employees” if the layoffs went through. He then ruled that Illinois and AFSCME should seek arbitration on the conflict.
The Governor’s Office has announced plans to appeal the judge’s decision, and continues to advocate for the layoffs as a way to balance the state budget. The Quinn Administration insists that layoffs would not endanger the public’s safety, and were necessary since AFSCME wouldn’t agree to employee furlough days or wage freezes.
Kudos to the Children’s Discovery Museum in Normal for hosting the Illinois Museum Association conference September 30 – October 2. Such conferences are excellent opportunities to showcase all the resources that make Normal, Bloomington, and the other central Illinois communities in the 44th District such great places to live and work!