NAPERVILLE – Non-traditional students pursuing vocational training would be eligible for a new scholarship program under legislation from State Senator Laura Ellman (D-Naperville).

“Let’s encourage more students, especially later in life, to take advantage of our trade schools by taking the financial burden off of their shoulders,” Ellman said. “This scholarship gives opportunity to those who are seeking new jobs thus fueling our markets and economy.”

The legislation establishes an Adult Vocational Community College Scholarship Program, run by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission. To be eligible, a student must be over the age of 30 and unemployed but actively searching for work.

The scholarship would be enough to cover the cost of tuition and fees to attend the community college without exceeding $2,000 per recipient per academic year.
Senate Bill 1167 passed in the Senate this afternoon and will now go to the House for consideration.

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Senator Ellman's senior fair flyer

You’re invited to a free Senior Resource Fair this Saturday, April 13 from 9:30 a.m. to noon at Windsor Park, 124 Windsor Park Drive, Carol Stream.

This event will bring together representatives from local organizations and state agencies to answer your questions, provide information about services and programs available for seniors and offer helpful financial advice and information to protect yourself from fraud and exploitation.

Among the highlights:
• At 10 a.m., representatives from Attorney General Kwame Raoul’s office will present a Silver Beat seminar with information on how to avoid financial exploitation, fraud and scams
• Get answers to your financial questions and receive free one-on-one financial advice from a certified financial planner
• Learn about programs and services available through DuPage Senior Services, the Illinois Department on Aging and the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs
• Find out if you have unclaimed property or cash with the Illinois State Treasurer’s office

The Senior Resource Fair is free to attend and open to the public.

Please share this information with friends, family and neighbors who would benefit from having all of these services available in one location.

If you have any questions about this event, call Senator Ellman's office at (630) 453-5488.

 

Senator Laura Ellman presents her bill on the Illinois Senate floorSPRINGFIELD – State Senator Laura Ellman (D-Naperville) passed a measure out of the Illinois Senate that would increase access to community college apprenticeships and develop apprenticeship programs in new, non-traditional sectors.

“Education is economic development,” Ellman said. “When workers have the training they need for good jobs and businesses are able to find qualified talent to fill positions, everyone is better off.”

Fifty-three percent of Illinois jobs require more than a high school degree but less than a four-year college degree, yet only 43 percent of Illinois workers are trained at that level.

“Expanding access to apprenticeship programs and creating apprenticeships in new sectors will help ensure Illinois workers are trained for jobs of the future and ensure businesses aren’t struggling to find qualified employees,” Ellman said. “Funding education and apprenticeship programs is an investment in our future.”

Senate Bill 2122 would create a grant program to allow for the funding of apprenticeships at each of the 48 community colleges, allow for the recruitment of new partnerships across traditional apprenticeship fields and emerging fields and provide community colleges the resources to engage in curriculum development, oversight and evaluation.


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Senator Laura Ellman presents her bill during a Senate committeeCapitol News Illinois - March 14, 2019 | original article

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Senate is poised to take up a bill that would make it easier for some seniors to access a state program that limits property tax increases on their homes.

Under current law, people age 65 and older with incomes up to $65,000 can claim the Senior Citizens Assessment Freeze Homestead Exemption, which effectively freezes the taxable valuation of their homes so that their tax bills cannot go up simply because the market value of their home rises.

Senate Bill 1346, which cleared the Senate Revenue Committee on Wednesday, would expand that slightly, starting in the 2019 tax year, by allowing seniors to deduct from their income whatever money they spend on Medicare premiums.

That would allow some people with incomes just above the $65,000 cap to claim the exemption.

Sen. Laura Ellman, a Naperville Democrat and lead sponsor of the bill, said it would benefit seniors who are “on the cusp” of the income limit, but she said she couldn’t estimate how many seniors it would benefit.

Premiums for Medicare Part B, which covers doctor’s office visits, are currently $135.50 per month for people with incomes below $85,000 a year. Premiums for Medicare Part D, which covers prescription drugs, currently average $33.19 per month.

That means passage of the bill would raise the income cap for the senior citizens homestead exemption by around $2,024 a year for an individual who purchases both Medicare options, or $4,048 a year for a couple taking both options.

The bill now is waiting for action by the full Senate.

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