Illinois House Passes Bill Calling For Chicago Elected School Board

March 3rd, 2016

The Illinois House passed legislation Thursday that would create an elected school board in Chicago. The bill, HB 557, which passed by a 110-4 vote, was introduced by state Rep. Rob Martwick (D-Chicago) "after seeing overwhelming resident support for the idea and in response to Chicago Public Schools' mounting financial problems."...

State Rep. Will Guzzardi, who is a longtime supporter of an elected school board, released a statement detailing his take on today's developments.

"I've been fighting for years for an elected school board, alongside community organizers and education leaders around Chicago. After my first unsuccessful election in 2012, our volunteer leaders worked tirelessly on this issue, placing a referendum on the ballot in hundreds of precincts that year," said Guzzardi. "Since then, we've been working in our communities and in Springfield to mobilize support for an elected school board, and I'm incredibly excited to see our efforts bear fruit today. I was proud to support Rep. Martwick's leadership in building broad bipartisan consensus on this issue, and we're eager to see HB557 pass the Senate and get signed into law."...

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