Students in Illinois high schools and their advisers will have heightened legal protection against censorship and retaliation, if Gov. Bruce Rauner signs a bill that cleared the Illinois legislature just hours before its 2016 session adjourned.
One of the nation's strongest laws protecting the independence of high school journalism is on its way to Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's desk after the state House gave its final approval Tuesday. HB 5902 passed the House 117-0 after its sponsor, Rep. Will Guzzardi, D-Chicago, asked his colleagues to accept Senate-approved amendments that paved the… Continue reading Student press freedom bill bound for Illinois governor’s desk
A bill protecting high school journalists' independence, and shielding their advisers against retaliation, needs only a concurring House vote to reach Gov. Bruce Rauner's desk.
Without opposition, the Illinois Senate ratified a bill Friday protecting the editorial independence of high school journalists and advisers, putting the measure one technicality away from Gov. Bruce Rauner's desk. House Bill 5902 needs only a perfunctory House vote agreeing to non-controversial amendments added in the Senate. The House had earlier passed its version of the bill 114-0,… Continue reading Unanimous Senate vote leaves Illinois student press freedom legislation on the verge of becoming law
After unanimously passing the Illinois House, a student press rights bill cleared its toughest hurdle Tuesday and needs only a Senate floor vote and the House's concurrence in minor Senate amendments before heading to the governor's desk.
ILLINOIS -- Legal protection for Illinois high school journalists cleared its toughest legislative hurdle Tuesday and is headed for the Senate floor. Two weeks after giving House Bill 5902 a skeptical hearing that cast doubt on its prospects, members of the Illinois Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously passed the measure, setting up a Senate floor vote that… Continue reading Student press freedom bill unanimously clears Senate committee as school lobbyists drop opposition