News

Student press freedom bill bound for Illinois governor’s desk

Student press freedom bill bound for Illinois governor’s desk

Frank LoMonte, SPLC Executive Director

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 t...  Read More »

May 31, 2016 • 0 comments

Unanimous Senate vote leaves Illinois student press freedom legislation on the verge of becoming law

Unanimous Senate vote leaves Illinois student press freedom legislation on the verge of becoming law

Frank LoMonte, SPLC Executive Director

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. Ho...  Read More »

May 27, 2016 • 0 comments

Student press freedom bill unanimously clears Senate committee as school lobbyists drop opposition

Student press freedom bill unanimously clears Senate committee as school lobbyists drop opposition

Frank LoMonte, SPLC Executive Director

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 unanimous...  Read More »

May 24, 2016 • 0 comments

View All »

Federal Campaign

U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp speaks on the Senate floor in support of student free speech

U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp speaks on the Senate floor in support of student free speech

Ryan Tarinelli, SPLC Staff Writer

Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota took to the U.S. Senate floor Thursday to voice support for students’ free speech rights and to applaud her home state’s groundbreaking passage of New...  Read More »

March 11, 2016 • 0 comments

HeidiTwitter

Quote of the Day!

December 10, 2015

skalicky heitkamp

Meeting with Heitkamp

November 30, 2015

skalicky heitkamp

N.D. senator promises support

November 30, 2015

View All »