News

Bill Allows Schools to Opt Out as Polling Place

Bill Allows Schools to Opt Out as Polling Place

Photo: clipart.com

A new bill placed before the Illinois Legislature would let schools opt out of serving as polling places.

State Rep. Jack Franks of Marengo filed the legislation with the support of Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka.

Topinka calls the bill “common-sense legislation” that puts kids first, adding government buildings, churches or other options should be used as polling places.

The bill would let school boards determine if schools could be safely opened to voters. School boards would determine if they could enforce normal safety protocol on Election Day. School board officials would then file a written notice with local election officers if they couldn’t.

Franks says allowing voters in schools is an unnecessary risk. He says “protecting children from harm is the most fundamental and basic duty of any government.”

Recent Headlines

in Local

Early Voting to Begin in Special Schock Replacement Primary

I Voted Stickers

Early voting starts Thursday for the special election to pick the Democratic and Republican candidates to possibly replace Aaron Schock as 18th District Congressman.

in Local

Langfelder Talks About Appointments

5-26-15 Langfelder

Four of Mayor Jim Langfelder's department head appointments will be voted on by the Springfield City Council next week.

in Local

Rauner Revises Hiring Plan

Rauner Task Force

Gov. Bruce Rauner's office has revised its plan to change state hiring to allay concerns of Democrats and unions.

in Local

Bloomington Man Deemed “Sexually Dangerous” to be Released from Treatment

local_news_generic

A psychiatrist has testified that a 35-year-old Bloomington man who has been in a state treatment program for sexually dangerous people since he was 15 is eligible to be released.

in Local

Former Dixon Comptroller to Give Up Horse Trophies

jail

Rita Crundwell can't keep a collection of horse trophies and other personal items stored in Illinois and Wisconsin.