Illinois House http://wkms.org en Illinois House Gives Final OK to New Education Budget http://wkms.org/post/illinois-house-gives-final-ok-new-education-budget <p></p><p>The Illinois House has given final approval to a new state budget for education.</p><p>The legislation avoids cuts to elementary and secondary education and colleges and universities for the first time in several years. It also maintains funding for bilingual education, early childhood and transportation. But elementary and secondary school districts still will receive only 89 percent of what a state statute says they should get in general state aid. Fri, 31 May 2013 19:29:53 +0000 Whitney Jones & The Associated Press 31835 at http://wkms.org Illinois House Gives Final OK to New Education Budget IL House to Consider Road Funds, Child-Welfare Money http://wkms.org/post/il-house-consider-road-funds-child-welfare-money <p></p><p>An Illinois House committee has approved additional funding for state programs in a plan that takes advantage of new money for road building and shifts the savings from a closed prison to child-welfare services. The Executive Committee voted Monday to send the measure to the House floor. Transportation advocates want quick action on a $675 million addition to transit-construction plans so that more concrete can be laid this spring. Tue, 05 Feb 2013 13:38:45 +0000 Whitney Jones & The Associated Press 27644 at http://wkms.org IL House to Consider Road Funds, Child-Welfare Money Illinois House Passes Password Snooping Ban http://wkms.org/post/illinois-house-passes-password-snooping-ban <p>The Illinois House wants to bar employers from asking workers and job applicants for access to social media like Facebook.&nbsp; The legislation passed Thursday and now goes to the Senate.&nbsp; Some employers, particularly law enforcement, have begun asking for passwords so they can review the online activities of job applicants.&nbsp; Under the legislation, workers could file lawsuits if pressured to open up private accounts if they&#39;re denied a job for refusing. Employers could still ask for usernames to view public information online, and they can monitor work-owned computers.</p> Fri, 30 Mar 2012 12:13:24 +0000 Todd Hatton 17458 at http://wkms.org