The Illinois House of Representatives just passed a historic school funding reform bill that will fundamentally alter the way we fund our schools and will improve the lives of millions of schoolchildren throughout Illinois! I was proud to be a chief co-sponsor of this legislation and work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to bring this bill forward. 

For an entire generation of students, we have perpetuated an education funding system that does not send our state dollars to the school who need it most first. We are past due for reforming our school funding formula. 

This bipartisan school funding reform agreement replaces our broken school funding plan with elements from the Governor’s School Funding Reform Commission and input from bipartisan, bicameral negotiations.

This proposal will ensure all students in Illinois receive the high quality education they deserve. Moreover, this compromise prioritizes funding for our most impoverished schools and students while ensuring that no school district loses money. This plan is realistic, fair and represents the best outcome for all Illinois students.

Getting school funding right is the most important thing we can do here - for our children, for their future and for Illinois’ future. This is a good compromise that fixes the formula and gives the next generation of Illinoisans better opportunities for a high quality education.
Legislation that removes the statute of limitations for prosecution of felony sex crimes against minors has been signed into law by Governor Bruce Rauner. The bill’s Co-Sponsor, Representative Avery Bourne (R-Raymond), hailed the signing of Senate Bill 189 as a significant victory in the fight for child victims’ rights.

Rep. Bourne stated, “This legislation was a bipartisan bill that was unanimously approved in the House and Senate.” She added, “With this change in state law there are no limitations on when an abuser can be charged after the crime occurs. Survivors of child sexual assault will hopefully be encouraged to come forward and seek justice in their own time.”

Senate Bill 189, signed into law as Public Act 100-0080, provides that when the victim is under 18 years of age at the time of the offense, a prosecution for criminal sexual assault, aggravated criminal sexual assault, predatory criminal sexual assault of a child, aggravated criminal sexual abuse, or criminal sexual abuse may be initiated at any time. Under previous laws, many cases held a 10-year or 20-year statute of limitation for prosecution.

The provisions of the new law take effect immediately.