Senator Steans on the Senate floorFull practice authority for advanced practice nurses is now law under legislation co-sponsored by State Senator Heather Steans (D-Chicago).

House Bill 313 also extends the sunset of the Nurse Practice Act, which governs the three nursing licenses in Illinois, until Jan. 1, 2028.

“With the increasing shortage of doctors in rural areas, this new law seeks to provide patients with greater access to care,” Steans said. “Advanced practice nurses that meet the full practice authority certification requirements will now be able to prescribe medication and administer local anesthetics. This law updates an outdated system and recognizes the skills that many advance practice nurses possess.”

The new law includes extensive safeguards to protect patients. To obtain full practice authority status, advanced practice nurses will be required to complete 4,000 hours of clinical experience and 250 hours of continuing education or training. Once this has been completed, advanced practice nurses will be able to practice without a written collaborative agreement from a doctor.

Illinois joins 21 other states and the District of Columbia, which already authorize full practice authority for advance practice nurses. The law takes effect immediately.

 

Senator Steans

September 5, 2017

Dear Friends,

 

School funding town hall flyerI hope you will be able to join me and Rep. Kelly Cassidy for a town hall on school funding reform this Thursday, Sept. 7. The town hall will begin at 6 p.m. at Senn High School, 5900 N. Glenwood Ave.

 

Ginger Ostro, the Executive Director of Advance Illinois will provide an overview of the legislation that was recently enacted. Advance Illinois was instrumental in advocating for the evidence-based funding model. Cameron Mock, the Director of Fiscal Policy and Analysis for Chicago Public Schools will discuss how this legislation affects CPS. There will be ample time for questions from the audience following the presentation.

 

This event is free and open to the public. There is limited parking behind the school as well as street parking.

 

As always, please do not hesitate to contact my office at 773-769-1717 or reach out online with any questions or concerns.

 

Sincerely,
Heather Steans
Senator Heather Steans
7th District – Illinois

 

Upcoming presentation by Dr. Andrew Budson on Alzheimer’s and managing memory

 

Dr. Andrew Budson will be at the Rogers Park Library to discuss his new book, Seven Steps to Managing your Memory: What’s Normal, What’s Not, and What to Do About It on Thursday, Sept. 14 from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Dr. Budson is a neurology professor at Boston University.

 

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Senator Steans

August 30, 2017

Dear Friends,

 

Yesterday the Senate passed a historic school funding reform measure to replace a decades-old formula that has led to the most inequitable school funding system in the nation. After years of negotiations, Illinois is poised to move forward with an evidence-based school funding model that will more adequately and equitably fund schools for all Illinois children. It strives to level the playing field by funneling new money into school districts that are the least able to offer a high-quality education based on student needs, local property wealth and a district’s taxing effort. It has passed both chambers and awaits the governor’s signature.

 

School funding town hall flyerI will answer questions about this landmark school funding reform and how it affects Chicago Public Schools at a town hall on Thursday, Sept. 7 at 6 p.m. at Senn High School, 5900 N. Glenwood Ave. In the meantime, I wanted to provide you with an overview of what the legislation contains.

 

Senate Bill 1947 retains the language of Senate Bill 1 regarding the evidence-based funding model and adequacy levels. Under SB 1947, no school district will receive less funding than it did in Fiscal Year 2017 and funding will be distributed on a per-district basis. The legislation also retains a minimum school funding level, an idea that the governor had removed in his amendatory veto.

 

This legislation implements many beneficial changes for Chicago Public Schools. It provides $221.3 million to cover CPS’ normal pension costs for this year and establishes a continuing appropriation for CPS’ normal pension costs moving forward. CPS is the only school district in the state that pays for the employer’s portion of pension costs. SB 1947 does sunset the Chicago Block Grant, but it holds CPS harmless like every other school district so that it will not lose funding as a result of the change. SB 1947 also authorizes CPS to increase its dedicated levy for teacher pensions from 0.383 percent to 0.567 percent to address its unfunded pension liability.

 

I know many of you have concerns over the tax credit scholarship program. I do not support vouchers or using public money for private schools and would not have voted for the tax credit scholarship program if it had been a stand-alone bill. The Senate was able to override the governor’s veto of Senate Bill 1, but in order for school funding reform to pass the House it needed support from both parties and compromises had to be made. The $75 million tax credit, which is a five-year pilot program, was the price tag for bipartisan support on a school funding reform measure that will benefit every school district in the state.

 

The tax credit scholarship program provides a 75 percent tax credit of up to $1 million to any taxpayer who contributes scholarship funding for students to attend private or parochial schools. Corporate donors may only donate to organizations or networks of schools, but individuals can donate to specific schools. Students who meet certain poverty guidelines may qualify for a scholarship.

 

SB 1947 also contains mandate relief that superintendents have requested. SB 1947 allows school districts to contract with commercial driver training schools and reduces the requirement for physical education to three times per week. School districts may choose to continue to require more physical education classes.

 

This school funding reform measure also includes property tax relief. Starting in fiscal year 2019, up to $50 million of funding may be appropriated to fund property tax relief grants to high-rate, low-wealth school districts. Additionally, school districts that are above 110 percent adequacy may reduce property taxes by referendum if 10 percent of voters in the district sign a petition to place the question on the ballot.

 

I’m sure many of you have additional questions. I hope to see you at my town hall next Thursday.

 

As always, please do not hesitate to contact my office at 773-769-1717 or reach out online with any questions or concerns.

 

Sincerely,
Heather Steans
Senator Heather Steans
7th District – Illinois

 

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Senator Steans in a committee hearingState Senator Heather Steans (D-Chicago) issued the following statement on today’s school funding vote:

“My vote today was a vote for compromise on a historic school funding reform measure. This legislation needed support from both parties in order to pass, and as such, some concessions needed to be made. Though I do not support voucher programs or the tax credit scholarships in this bill, at the end of the day, this measure would implement an evidence-based school funding model that supports every school district in the state.

“This legislation would provide even more funding for Chicago Public Schools than Senate Bill 1 and it would deliver pension parity for Chicago. It also includes the funding necessary for schools to remain open for the entire school year. This is a good deal for Chicago schools.”

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