Focus 203 November 2014

  • Focus 203 logo On November 12, 2014, community members filled the gym at Lincoln Junior High for the Focus 203 Senate Bill 16 information session. Superintendent Dan Bridges gave a presentation regarding how, if passed, SB16 would negatively impact District 203. Senator Michael Connelly and State Representative Jeanne Ives were also in attendance and discussed the legislation’s negative impact.
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    SB16 has been scheduled for a subject matter hearing on Tuesday, November 18, at 3:00 PM in the Capitol. In addition to providing an opportunity for interested persons to testify either in favor of or against a proposed bill in person, the General Assembly also provides an opportunity for testimony to be submitted by people who are unable to attend a hearing.
    If you are interested in making sure your opinion is part of the official record for SB16, here are the steps for submitting written testimony:
    1. Go to
    2. Scroll down the page and click on GA Dashboard (in red ink along the left side of the page)
    3. Click on the Register icon and fill in your information (registration* is recommended but not required)
    4. Click on House, Committee Hearings, and then on the “Month” tab
    5. Click on the piece of paper icon to the right of the listed hearing (November 18th, Appropriations- Elementary & Secondary Education)
    6. Click on Create witness slip
    7. Fill out the form
    8. In the “subject matter” portion click“opponent.”
    9. Under “Testimony” you can have your written comments supplied to all board members. This is optional. Interestingly, they do not accept emailed testimony. You can fax your written statement to 217-557-2165 or you may mail it to Illinois State House, Room 426, 401 S. Second Street, Springfield, IL  62706. Make sure that your written testimony is clearly marked at the top of the page: SB16 Testimony, and your name.
    10. Fill in verification code
    11. Click the box to accept the terms
    12. Click Submit
    *If registered, you can go back and adjust your witness slip. If you do not register, once it is submitted you may not change your witness slip. 
    Below please find links to:
    The PowerPoint presentation and work activity
    The video presentation (see below)