BooksARLINGTON HEIGHTS – The Illinois Secretary of State’s School Library Grant program will award six local school districts over $33,000 in state funds, State Senator Ann Gillespie (D-Arlington Heights) announced today.

“Developing a love of reading and strong reading skills is one of the most beneficial investments we can make in education,” Gillespie said. “Keeping school libraries up to date with contemporary literature will help young students find books they enjoy and have positive effects on their educational career.”

Read more: Six local schools to receive state library grants

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taxCHICAGO – Seniors will no longer have to continually reapply for a property tax break under a measure passed by State Senator Ann Gillespie (D-Arlington Heights) this week.

“Reapplying for the homestead exemption every year can be a long, confusing process for many seniors,” Gillespie said. “We are cutting bureaucratic red tape so that seniors won’t be bogged down with tedious paperwork any longer.”

The Senior Citizens Homestead Exemption saves approximately 250,000 Cook County seniors up to $8,000 on their property taxes. With this measure, homeowners 65 and older will be automatically reapproved after applying once more for 2020. Cook County is the only county in the state that does not automatically reapprove qualifying seniors.

House Bill 961 passed with unanimous, bipartisan support in both chambers and is effective immediately.

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Senator GillespieCHICAGO – Members of the joint bipartisan Illinois Senate and House Education Committees met Tuesday to examine the abuse of seclusion rooms in public schools.

State Senator Ann Gillespie (D-Arlington Heights) introduced Senate Bill 2315 to ban the use of these rooms as a punitive measure.

“We must end the abusive practice of de facto solitary confinement and improper use of restraints,” Gillespie said. “At the same time we must meet the unique needs of students, honor their dignity and ensure a safe environment for all. This is the needle we must thread with our legislation, and I look forward to working closely with all the stakeholders to achieve immediate and sustainable changes to the culture and practices in our schools.”

Read more: Lawmakers seek answers to abuse of seclusion rooms in schools

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Seclusion roomWHO: State Senator Ann Gillespie (D-Arlington Heights), State Rep. Jonathan Carroll (D-Northbrook)
WHAT: Senate Education Committee Joint Hearing with the House Elementary & Secondary Education: School Curriculum & Policies Committee on SB 2315 and HB 3975
WHEN: 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2019
WHERE: Room C600, Michael A. Bilandic Building, 160 N. LaSalle St., Chicago, IL 60601

CHICAGO – State Senator Ann Gillespie and State Rep. Jonathan Carroll will attend a subject matter hearing on their legislation to ban the use of de facto solitary confinement as a form of punishment in public schools at 11 a.m. on Jan. 7, 2020 in Room C600 of the Michael A. Bilandic Building.

“Students, parents and educators must have a voice as we determine how to prevent this from being abused,” Gillespie said. “The changes we make must be informed by students who need seclusion rooms and the teachers and paraprofessionals that work with them.”

Gillespie and Carroll filed Senate Bill 2315 and House Bill 3975 respectively in response to an investigation by ProPublica Illinois and Chicago Tribune that revealed instances of isolation rooms being used under circumstances that violated state law and ISBE rules.

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