Bill requiring charter school applicants to disclose ‘investigations’ passes

From Illinois News Network

A measure requiring applicants seeking a charter school license to disclose any active civil or criminal investigation passed both chambers and now heads to the Governor’s desk.

Senate Bill 1591 passed the House Thursday 104-11 after passing the Senate last month 41-12. The measure provides that a known investigation could be an interview, subpoena, arrest or indictment.

Opponents said they have worries the measure is too broad. Republican House Leader Jim Durkin said he wants the measure to be more specific.

“Whether or not you have to give a long narrative about what the basis of the investigation is or they just have to disclose ‘we are currently under investigation from the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office’ without getting into anything further.”

Durkin also said someone being investigated doesn’t mean they are actually charged with a crime. In response to the question of who asked the bill to be brought forward, House sponsor Democratic Representative Robert Martwick said he was asked by the Chicago Teachers’ Union to carry the bill.

The measure now heads to the Governor’s desk.

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