Student Press Freedom Bill Bound for Illinois Governor’s Desk

One of the nation’s strongest laws protecting the independence of high school journalism is on its way to Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner’s desk after the state House gave its final approval Tuesday.

HB 5902 passed the House 117-0 after its sponsor, Rep. Will Guzzardi, D-Chicago, asked his colleagues to accept Senate-approved amendments that paved the way for the bill’s enactment. The governor gets 60 days from the date of transmittal to act on the bill; if he does not act, then the bill immediately becomes law without his signature.

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