Springfield, IL…Today, Governor Rauner restored $26 million in funding to crucial state programs provided by the Department of Human Services and Department of Public Health.

“I am very pleased to see Governor Rauner restore funding back to Human Services and Public Health. Considering the state’s budget totals are in the billions, $26 million in funding cuts wouldn't bring solvency to its current financial crisis. That being said, cuts of this magnitude targeting specific programs would have been detrimental to Illinois families in need of assistance or even effected by epilepsy or autism illnesses,” said Fortner. “To get Illinois out of its fiscal hole, it is important to spend within our means. With recent additional revenue, the state has the ability to restore funding to agency services, which is why I am encouraged by the Governors compassionate understanding to restore the funding to needed programs for Illinois families.”

West Chicago – Please join State Representative Mike Fortner (R-West Chicago) and State Senator Jim Oberweis (R-Sugar Grove) for a consumer’s utility savings seminar partnered with the Citizens Utility Board (CUB).

This event is an opportunity for residents to learn tips on money savings on within their utility bills, from cable bills to electric bills.

Where: St. Charles Public Library
1 South 6th Ave., St. Charles

When: Monday, May 11th

Time: 10:00am – Noon

CUB representatives will be on hand to analyze telephone, gas and electric bills one-on-one and show participants how to save money. CUB is a non-profit organization commissioned by the Illinois General Assembly that assists utility using customers across the state.
All residents who would like to express their opinions or concerns on policy are encouraged to contact Rep. Fortner via email at Mike.Fortner@sbcglobal.net or his district office at 630.293.9344.

Springfield, IL…Snow days could become a thing of the past with State Representative Mike Fortner’s legislation that would create an E-Learning pilot program instead of extending the school days into the summer. House Bill 2781 passed the House with overwhelming support.

House Bill 2781 would allow for the State Board of Education to establish and implement a pilot program for the use of E-Learning days in selected schools.

“Students would have an opportunity to deliver the classroom content through electronic means in the event of a snow day,” said Fortner.

The E-Learning program would allow the students as a group to receive instruction electronically without being physically present at school. The E-Learning days would be limited to a number of days, not to exceed 5 days, during the school year. The participation in this program would count towards the required number of days for each student’s qualified attendance.

“Using this type of E-Learning has been successfully used in other states, particularly in the State of Ohio. Ohio uses a combination of E-Learning in addition to excessive snow days,” said Fortner. “They’re individual benefits for our young students that can come from E-Learning days. Often, we notice the lack of attention from students when extending the school year into the summer. Technology provides us the opportunity to maintain a productive classroom schedule without distraction or prolonging the process.”

House Bill 2781 as passed provides that the State Board of Education shall establish and maintain, for implementation in selected school districts during the 2015-2016, 2016-2017, and 2017-2018 school years, a pilot program for use of e-learning days. HB 2781 currently awaits consideration in the Senate.