Springfield, IL-The General Assembly is scheduled to adjourn May 29, and with the end of May quickly approaching, the Senate faced a May 15 deadline for House Bills to be moved out of Senate committees. However, Senate leadership extended the deadline for several House Bills so that committee hearings on the legislation can continue in the coming weeks, stated Senator Pamela J. Althoff (R-Crystal Lake).


Legislation that would have amended a law passed last year mandating a moment of silence in Illinois schools failed to move out of the Senate Education Committee on May 14.  An amendment to House Bill 4180 would have made the moment of silence mandatory, and clarified that that period of reflection could take no longer than one minute. However, there were not enough votes in favor of the legislation to send it to the entire Senate body for consideration.


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