Thursday, May 9, 2013
"These guidelines are based on the most recent scientific evidence, as well as the expertise of the coaches who will help implement them," said Dr. Preston M. Wolin, a member of the Sports Medicine Advisory Committee.
The Illinois High School Association approved new safety rules Wednesday to limit tackling in youth football practice in an effort to reduce head injuries, reported the Daily Herald. In March, a controversial bill sponsored by State Rep. Carol Sente (D-Vernon Hills) proposing to limit the number of days players could have full contact hitting practice (twice a week) failed in the House committee. The new IHSA policy calls for coaches to gradually increase the time players can participate in preseason practice, along with the number of protective pads they can wear. On the seventh day of practice, players can participate in five hours of full contact drills wearing full pads, according to the IHSA. However, no single practice can exceed …
Thursday, April 18, 2013
The House just voted in favor of a bill presented by Rep. Carol Sente of Vernon Hills to allow 17-year-olds the right to vote in primary elections. The Senate had its first reading of the bill Thursday.
A bill proposed by State Rep. Carol Sente (D-Vernon Hills) to allow 17-year-olds the right to vote in primary elections if they will be 18 by the next general election cleared the House Wednesday, reported the Daily Herald. The House voted 95-22 in favor of House Bill 226. The Senate had its first reading Thursday. On her website, Sente states that a group of students from a political science program at Stevenson High School has advocated for this initiative for several years, beginning with her predecessor Kathy Ryg. "Over the next few weeks, myself and Rep. Ed Sullivan (R-Mundelein) are planning to speak to students to get them involved in all aspects of passing this bill," stated Sente. "I am hopeful that through our bi-partisan efforts…
Thursday, March 21, 2013
A bill proposed to limit the number of days youth football players could tackle during season practice died in committee Thursday.
A controversial bill (House Bill 1205) sponsored by State Rep. Carol Sente (D-Vernon Hills) to limit tackling in youth football practice failed in committee Thursday, according to the Illinois General Assembly website. The bill was tabled, though Sente told the Chicago Tribune she intends to forge ahead and speak to the Illinois High School Association and report back to the House committee before the legislative session end in May. Sente hosted a community forum at Vernon Hills High School in February on the dangers of concussions and head injuries related to hitting in football. She solicited opinions from coaches, parents, athletes and medical professionals, reported Patch. In response to public input, Sente tweaked her original …
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Deerfield High and Lake Forest High School Coaches have concerns over state Rep. Sente’s proposed law limiting football practice activities.
(Update at 7:25 p.m.)—Deerfield High School football Coach Steve Winiecki likes the effort of state Rep. Carol Sente (D-Vernon Hills) to limit athletic injuries but also agrees with Lake Forest High School Coach Chuck Spagnoli the approach might not be the right way to go. “I applaud her concern over the safety of athletes but it’s very difficult to know how (the law will) define tackling,” Winiecki said. “At Deerfield we teach form tackling,” he said, wondering if those drills would be limited to once a week. Should the law be passed, Winiecki also expressed apprehension some coaches might put too much emphasis on a lot of contact at once. “If they do drills that are just hitting, hitting, hitting it’s physiologically worse for the body…
Sunday, February 24, 2013
Legislation aims for speedier timeframe for updating handicapped accessibility standards in Illinois’ public buildings.
Sunday, February 24
Legislation sponsored by state Rep. Carol Sente (D-Vernon Hills) would fast track the timeframe for public buildings in Illinois to meet or exceed federal accessibility standards established in 2012. Illinois’ accessibility standards have not been changed since 1997. “At one time, Illinois was a leader in accessibility standards for persons with disabilities,” Sente said. “However, the Environmental Barriers Act has not been updated for over a decade, and we have fallen behind. I am proposing that we set a clear timetable for these updates with the goal of comparing our guidelines with the most recent version of the Americans with Disabilities Act and determining where Illinois wishes to mirror the federal law and where we wish to be more…
Thursday, February 14, 2013
The Doodle 4 Google contest will award a college scholarship and a grant for the winner's school.
Thursday, February 14
State Rep. Carol Sente (D-Vernon Hills) encourages local students to take part in Google’s “Doodle 4 Google” contest for the opportunity to win a $30,000 college scholarship and a $50,000 technology grant for their school. “Education is critically important to securing a successful future for our children,” Sente said. “Doodle 4 Google offers a fun way for our students to showcase their creative abilities and compete for a chance to have their artwork seen by millions of people.” Google doodles are the fun versions of the Google logo that appear on the Google homepage throughout the year in celebration of special events and people. This year’s theme is “My Best Day Ever” Students can submit doodles until March 22. Winners from each state …
Monday, February 4, 2013
Community members are invited to attend this Feb. 25 public meeting.
Monday, February 4
In response to increasing awareness of the dangers of concussions and brain injuries triggered by school sports, State Rep. Carol Sente (D-Vernon Hills) will host a public hearing on the matter to learn more about local high school policies, hear testimonies from health care experts and athletic professionals, and discuss her newly filed House Bill 1205 on this topic. The hearing will take place from 7-9 p.m. Feb. 25 at Vernon Hills High School. “The Illinois General Assembly passed landmark concussion legislation two years ago,” Sente explained. “While that bill was a strong starting point, I believe there is much more we need to do to prevent temporary and permanent brain injuries in our young athletes. Professional and college football …
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
State Rep. Carol Sente said the committee "will focus on helping to get more individuals back to work."
Tuesday, January 29
State Rep. Carol Sente (D-Vernon Hills) will be enter her third term in the Illinois House of Representatives as chairperson of the newly formed committee on Business Growth and Incentives. “With the 98th General Assembly approaching, I am happy to announce that I am the chairperson of a new committee related to economic development,” Sente said. “My Business Incentives and Growth committee will focus on helping to get more individuals back to work, helping small and mid-sized businesses locate, grow, and prosper in Illinois, evaluating our disparate tax incentive program, and working with federal, state and local partners to strengthen our economy.” With 27 years of management experience in the business sector and 10 years as president …
Friday, September 21, 2012
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Wednesday, July 11, 2012
New law increases funding for veteran employment programs.
State Rep. Carol Sente’s (D- Vernon Hills) proposal to increase funding for veteran employment programs was signed into law on July 4. “Veterans sacrifice so much for our freedoms and when they come back from duty they often face higher unemployment rates and joblessness,” Sente said in a statement. “We need to focus on ensuring that veterans are getting the employment training opportunities they deserve so they can translate their skills towards employment.” Senate Bill 3689, sponsored by Sente, allows revenue from the Veteran’s Cash instant scratch-off lottery game be used for veteran employment and employment training in addition to its current uses. Currently, the revenues are deposited in the Illinois Veterans Assistance Fund and are…