Social Media Privacy Rules Extended To Students

A new Illinois law aims to protect internet privacy for students. It was inspired by a similar law approved last year.

In 2012, the state raised some eyebrows when it adopted a law that bars employers from asking job applicants their social media log-in information. Starting in January, a new statue establishes similar restrictions for colleges and universities.

The bill's chief sponsor, House Democrat LaShawn Ford of Chicago, says the main goal is to protect prospective students during the screening process. 

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Fortner Opposes SB 1 Pension Reform

For the past several years, many pension reform proposals have been presented to the General Assembly including my own reform proposal. SB1 proposed today is just as unconstitutional as the first version. Although many good things were added into the new version, I don’t believe this proposal will pass constitutional muster. The greatest risk for the taxpayers is for the state to believe it has created true reform and then come back and have it taken away later. This is a risk I am unwilling to take. 


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Fortner to Offer Expertise to the Council of State Governments

West Chicago, IL… State Representative Mike Fortner (R-West Chicago) was recently selected to join a group of handpicked legislators and stakeholders from across the nation to collaborate and determine essential revisions to a guide, designed by The Council of State Governments’, which outlines the best public policy practices for state leaders.

“This guide was first implemented prior to the 20th Century,” explained Fortner. “As a legislator and a scientist I was excited to have been one of the few people selected to share my experiences in the Illinois General Assembly and to discuss possible revisions to this outdated document.”

The Council of State Governments (CSG) is an organization that brings together state leaders from throughout the United States to foster the exchange of insights and ideas to help state officials shape public policy. The Council of State Governments builds leadership skills to improve decision making, strongly advocates for multistate problem-solving and interprets changing national and international conditions to better prepare states for the future.

Click "Here" to listen to Representative Fortner discuss the Council of State Governments and his participation......

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State Representative Mike Fortner
Illinois House District 49

Springfield Office:
200-4N Stratton Office Building
Springfield, IL 62706
217) 782-1653
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District Office:
135 Fremont St.
West Chicago, IL 60185
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