Current Legislation

House Bill 1559 – Amends the school code to include a media literacy curriculum.

IL House Bill 1559
Sponsor: Rep. Elizabeth Hernandez [D].

Amends the School Code. Provides that, beginning with the 2019-2020 school year, every public high school may include in its curriculum a unit of instruction on media literacy; defines “media literacy.” Provides requirements for the unit of instruction. Provides that the State Superintendent of Education may prepare and make available to school boards instructional materials that may be used as guidelines for the unit of instruction.

Your input to your State Legislators can help make a difference.  Don’t delay; give your input today!
  • Find your State Legislators’ contact info here

    Search for your State Representative in the House of Representatives and your State Senator in the State Senate

  • Write an Email

    to both your State Representative and your State Senator or call them and ask them to support the bills that promote Media Literacy–be sure to use specific bill numbers as listed on our Current Legislation page.

    Include your name and address to identify that you are their constituent, and preferably your email and phone number.

    Use your own language, or see language we can suggest below:

    Dear _____: I believe that understanding media is a critical skill for students as the citizens of the future, as media is the predominant information provider of our times and young people need skills to navigate the world of media safely and responsibly.  I ask you to support bills that provide for Media Literacy education, including _______ (bill numbers).

    Sincerely,

    Your Name, Address
    (email and phone)

  • Let Us Know

    about your outreach and THANK YOU–you are helping create a more media literate world!

    Contact your local MLN Chapter Leader:

    Illinois: 
    Alicia Haywood
    ahaywood@medialiteracynow.org

IL House Bill 1559

Jan 30, 2019 – House: Filed with the Clerk by Rep. Elizabeth Hernandez.
Feb 1, 2019 –  First Reading; Referred to Rules Committee.
Feb 13, 2019 – Assigned to Elementary & Secondary Education: School Curriculum & Policies Committee.
Feb 27, 2019 – Do Pass / Short Debate in Elementary & Secondary Education: School Curriculum & Policies Committee.
Feb 28, 2019 – Placed on Calendar 2nd Reading – Short Debate.
Mar 6, 2019 – Second Reading – Short Debate; placed on Calendar Order of 3rd Reading – Short Debate.
Mar 12, 2019 – Added Chief Co-Sponsors Reps. La Shawn K. Ford, Kathleen Willis, Katie Stuart, Sue Scherer.
Mar 20, 2019 – Third Reading – Short Debate – Passed 113-000.
Mar 27, 2019 – Senate: First Reading; Referred to Assignments.
Mar 28, 2019 – Alternate Chief Sponsor changed to Sen. Pat McGuire, Sen. Iris Y. Martinez added as Alternate Chief Co-Sponsor.
Apr 24, 2019 – Assigned to Education.
May 3, 2019 – Senate Committee Amendment No. 1 filed; referred to Assignments.
May 7, 2019 – Senate Committee Amendment No. 1 Assignments refers to Education.
May 10, 2019 –  Senate Committee Amendment No. 1 Rule 3-9(a) / re-referred to Assignments.

House Joint Resolution 9 – Creation of a media literacy task force.

IL House Joint Resolution 9
Sponsor: Rep. Elizabeth Hernandez [D].

Creates the Illinois Media Literacy Task Force to assess the media habits of Illinois youth and create possible policies to be implemented in the State of Illinois.

Your input to your State Legislators can help make a difference.  Don’t delay; give your input today!
  • Find your State Legislators’ contact info here

    Search for your State Representative in the House of Representatives and your State Senator in the State Senate

  • Write an Email

    to both your State Representative and your State Senator or call them and ask them to support the bills that promote Media Literacy–be sure to use specific bill numbers as listed on our Current Legislation page.

    Include your name and address to identify that you are their constituent, and preferably your email and phone number.

    Use your own language, or see language we can suggest below:

    Dear _____: I believe that understanding media is a critical skill for students as the citizens of the future, as media is the predominant information provider of our times and young people need skills to navigate the world of media safely and responsibly.  I ask you to support bills that provide for Media Literacy education, including _______ (bill numbers).

    Sincerely,

    Your Name, Address
    (email and phone)

  • Let Us Know

    about your outreach and THANK YOU–you are helping create a more media literate world!

    Contact your local MLN Chapter Leader:

    Illinois: 
    Alicia Haywood
    ahaywood@medialiteracynow.org

IL House Joint Resolution 9

Jan 14, 2019 – House: Filed with the Clerk by Rep. Elizabeth Hernandez.
Jan 29, 2019 – Referred to Rules Committee.
Feb 13, 2019 – Assigned to Elementary & Secondary Education: School Curriculum & Policies Committee.
Feb 27, 2019 – Committee Amendment No. 1 filed with Clerk by Rep. Elizabeth Hernandez; House Committee Amendment No. 1 referred to Rules Committee.
Mar 5, 2019 – Committee Amendment No. 1 Rules referred to Elementary & Secondary Education: School Curriculum & Policies Committee.
Mar 27, 2019 – Committee Amendment No. 1 Adopted in Elementary & Secondary Education: School Curriculum & Policies Committee; by unanimous voice vote; House recommends Be Adopted as Amended Elementary & Secondary Education: School Curriculum & Policies Committee.
Mar 29, 2019 – Placed on Calendar Order of Resolutions.

Existing Law

Prohibition of parental cyberbullying.

Synopsis As Introduced:
This Resolution (Illinois House Resolution 0014) urges Congress, consistent with the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, to pass a law prohibiting parents from cyberbullying their children by posting messages or images on social media sites on the Internet that embarrass, intimidate, coerce, harass, or cause substantial emotional distress to their children. The bill was sponsored by Rep. LaShawn Ford [D].

House Floor Amendment No. 1:
Deleted the word “embarrass” from the Resolution.

IL House Resolution 0014

Status: Passed on March 15 2017 – 100% progression – Resolution Adopted as Amended.

Dec 6, 2016 – House, Prefiled with Clerk by Rep. La Shawn K. Ford.
Jan 24, 2017 – Referred to Rules Committee.
Feb 2, 2017 – Assigned to Cybersecurity, Data Analytics, & IT Committee.
Feb 24, 2017 – Placed on Calendar Order of Resolutions.
Mar 3, 2017 – House; Floor Amendment No. 1 Filed with Clerk by Rep. La Shawn K. Ford; Referred to Rules Committee.
Mar 7, 2017 – House; Floor Amendment No. 1 Recommends Be Adopted Rules Committee; 004-000-000
Mar 15, 2017 – House; Floor Amendment No. 1 Adopted; Resolution Adopted as Amended.

Internet safety education curriculum.

This law requires school districts to incorporate into their curriculum a component on Internet safety to be taught at least once each school year to students in grade 3 or above.

It is recommended that the instruction include the following topics:

  1. Safe and responsible use of social networking websites, chat-rooms, electronic mail, bulletin boards, instant messaging, and other means of communication on the Internet.
  2. Recognizing, avoiding, and reporting online solicitations of students, their classmates, and friends by any sexual predators.
  3. Risks of transmitting personal information through the Internet.
  4. Recognizing and avoiding unsolicited or deceptive communications received online.
  5. Recognizing and reporting online harassment and cyberbullying.
  6. Reporting illegal activities and communication on the Internet.
  7. Copyright laws on written materials, photographs, music, and video.

Recent Legislation

House Bill 5096 – Amends the School Code to include media literacy.

IL House Bill 5096

Sponsors: Rep. Elizabeth Hernandez [D],  Rep. Emanuel Welch [D],  Rep. Sonya Harper [D],  Rep. Camille Lilly [D].

Would have amended the School Code to provide that, beginning with the 2018-2019 school year, every public high school include in its curriculum a unit of instruction on media literacy; defines “media literacy.”  Provided requirements for the unit of instruction.  Provided that the State Superintendent of Education prepare and make available to school boards instructional materials that may be used as guidelines for the unit of instruction.

IL House Bill 5096

Feb 14, 2018 – House; Filed with the Clerk by Rep. Elizabeth Hernandez.
Feb 16, 2018 – House; First reading. Referred to Rules Committee.
Mar 21, 2018 – House; Assigned to Elementary & Secondary Education: School Curriculum & Policies Committee.
Apr 9, 2018 – House; Committee Amendment No. 1 filed with Clerk. Referred to Rules Committee.
Apr 10, 2018 – House; Comm. Amendment No. 1 referred to Elementary & Secondary Education: School Curriculum & Policies Committee.
Apr 12, 2018 – House; Comm. Amendment No. 1 adopted in Elementary & Secondary Education: School Curriculum & Policies Committee.
Apr 27, 2018 – House; Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee.
May 17, 2018 – House; Placed on Calendar Order of 3rd Reading – Short Debate.
May 31, 2018 – House; House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee.
Jan 8, 2019 – House: Session Sine Die.

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