edfunding091714Thanks to everyone who joined us at our forum, School Funding in Illinois: Opportunities, challenges and striking a balance. This is a complex, often technical and very emotional topic, and I am very appreciative of the thoughtful and productive conversation we had throughout the evening. Illinois' education funding formula is indisputably broken, and the only way we can start to fix it is through these difficult discussions.

I'm particularly grateful to our panelists for their time and expertise: Paul Goren, the superintendent of Evanston/Skokie School District 65, and Senator Andy Manar, the sponsor of Senate BIll 16, a piece of legislation that reforms our school funding formula.

Senator Manar's PowerPoint presentation can be found pdfhere, and a video of the presentation can be found here.

I want to reiterate, as I did at the forum, that SB16 is a work in progress. The reason the forum was so productive, in my view, is because there's real room to make changes to the bill and to address the serious concerns of our school districts. Your input is crucial to producing a successful outcome, and I hope you'll continue to send your thoughts and concerns our way.

As always, please feel free to give my office a call at 847-568-1250, and I look forward to staying in touch. You can see the rest of our Critical Issues Series schedule here.

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Please join me at the next forum we're hosting in our Critical Issues Series. This month's topic is School Funding in Illinois: Opportunities, challenges and striking a balance. I'm excited to be joined by two fantastic panelists: Paul Goren, the recently appointed superintendent of Evanston/Skokie School District 65, and my colleague Andy Manar, the lead sponsor of Senate Bill 16.

As you may know, SB16 proposes to revamp our state's education funding formula, which is undeniably broken. This is an extremely important topic, and a difficult one. It's clear that schools are sorely underfunded in much of Illinois, leading to a real and searing injustice. The state is still experiencing significant fiscal challenges, and successful reform must be sensitive to the challenges facing all school districts, including those that are not currently underfunded.

This complexity necessitates a very thorough and nuanced discussion, so I hope you'll be able to join me next Tuesday evening. Event details are below; you can see the rest of our Critical Issues Series schedule here.

  • What: School Funding in Illinois: Opportunities, challenges and striking a balance
  • Date: Tuesday, September 16th
  • Time: 7 p.m.
  • Location: JEH Center, 1500 McDaniel Ave., Evanston, 60201
  • Panelists: District 65 Superintendent Paul Goren, Illinois State Senator Andy Manar

Please call our office with any questions at 847-568-1250, and we hope to see you on September 16th!

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Thank you to everyone who came out to join our conversation, "Rethinking Privacy in a Digital Age." I want to especially thank our panelists for providing great presentations and giving us the context and background to better understand these issues. The discussion was very thoughtful, and I personally learned a lot. But I also feel confident we can't think of this forum as a one-time event. As these technologies continue to advance and as we have more and more tools at our disposal, we'll need to continue to grapple with finding that balance -- using those tools to make our lives better, easier or safer while protecting our desire for and our right to privacy. I'm eager to continue that conversation with you.

To see Rajiv Shah's presentation from last night, you can pdfclick here.

Thank you again to everyone who came out last night and I hope to see you at our next Critical Issues Series forum! We'll be talking about education funding in Illinois, and I'll be joined by District 65 Superintendent Paul Goren and Illinois State Senator Andy Manar. Details of that and future events can be found here.

As always, please call my office with any questions or concerns! We can be reached at 847-568-1250.

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SmartphoneI hope you're enjoying the last days of the summer! I'm writing to invite you to join me at the next forum in our Critical Issues Series: Rethinking Privacy in a Digital Age. I'll be joined by fantastic panelists who will discuss the importance of balancing access to new and useful technologies against our desire for and right to privacy. As you may know, I've passed three bills that regulate law enforcement's use of these technologies, including drones and location tracking devices. In fact, the governor signed the follow-up drone legislation just two weeks ago. As technology continues to evolve fast, and as citizens continue to feel very legitimate concerns about the potential of overreaching surveillance techniques by our government entities, I intend to keep working on these issues and I very much look forward to your input.

Here are the details of the event, and I sincerely hope you'll be able to join us.

Event Details:

  • Date: August 26th
  • Time: 7:00 p.m.
  • Location: Skokie Public Library, 5215 Oakton Street
  • Panelists: Rajiv Shah, Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago; Jeremy Staum, a representative of Restore the Fourth Chicago; and Adam Schwartz, Senior Staff Council with the ACLU Illinois.

 

You can check out the rest of the events in our series here.

Please call us at 847-568-1250 with any questions, and I look forward to seeing you on the 26th.

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