An Illinois school district expects to increase participation in its breakfast and lunch programs through the adoption of a universal, free meal program. Officials also expect to cut administrative costs by not requiring low-income families to apply for free and reduced-price meals and bring in as much as $609,000 each year in federal reimbursements.
An Illinois bill seeking to require individuals who have concealed weapons to carry $1 million in liability insurance has been voted down in the state House. People would pay up to $2,000 for such coverage, said state Rep. Kenneth Dunkin, D-Chicago, who filed the bill. Other lawmakers said that amount would be too costly for the insurance and that such coverage is not offered by the insurance industry.
A marriage equality bill pending in the Illinois House may need up to a dozen more votes to pass, according to Speaker Michael Madigan. The bill’s sponsor says the margin is closer. Illinois congressional delegates this week urged state lawmakers to act on the bill. The measure has already passed in the state Senate and Gov. Pat Quinn has said he would sign it if it reaches his desk.
Illinois lawmakers are seeking to lift class-size limits for students with disabilities. They say the move would offer more inclusive offerings for students, but opponents fear the changes will increase class sizes in special-education classrooms. The state Board of Education gave preliminary approval to the plan, but is now seeking public comment before moving forward.
DeKalb, Ill., City Manager Mark Biernacki says he will retire in June. The city is about to see a change in leadership. "With the new mayor and largely a new council, I think they and the city are deserving [of] a new manager with new ideas and new energy," Biernacki said.