SPRINGFIELD – Governor Pat Quinn today released the following statement regarding Illinois Senate passage of House Bill 5707, a bill that sets a comprehensive anti-bullying standard for Illinois school districts. The measure had previously passed the Illinois House, and now heads to the Governor’s desk:
“All Illinois students deserve to go to school where they feel welcome and safe.
“This legislation requires school districts to have policies in place to prevent bullying and thoroughly investigate when it happens. By requiring schools to shine a light on the problem and come up with solutions, we will make great strides to eliminate bullying from our classrooms.
“I applaud Representative Kelly Cassidy and Senator Heather Steans for sponsoring this legislation. I look forward to signing it and increasing safety and tolerance in our schools.”