November 9, 2017

Cursive writing must now be taught in Illinois schools


Cursive writing must now be taught in Illinois schools after the state Senate on Wednesday voted to override Gov. Bruce Rauner's veto of it and other measures.

Rauner and other critics said the cursive writing legislation was just another unfunded mandate from the state onto local units of government, so the governor vetoed it in September.

But the bill's sponsor, state Rep. Chris Welch, D-Hillside, said it was necessary because technology has taken over too much of our lives.

"I think Google and other forms of technology are killing our brains," Welch said shortly before the House voted last month, 77-35, to veto the measure. "It's making things too easy. Cursive writing is going to make us use our brains again."

Other supporters of the mandate said students needed to learn how to sign their names and read the original U.S. Constitution.

The Senate concurred with the House on Wednesday and voted to override, 42-12. That legislation now becomes law, meaning schools that don't currently teach cursive writing must now make it part of their curriculum.

The Senate also voted, 40-13, to override the governor's veto of legislation that will require small businesses to hire a licensed roofer to perform roofing or waterproofing work on a residential property that is being used as a business, preventing the business owner from using an employee to conduct the work.

Rauner vetoed the legislation, saying it was another example of the over-regulation of job creators in the state.

The House also overrode the governor's veto of this legislation, so it too becomes law.

Senators also concurred with the House on a measure that will forgive a 36-year-old, $20 million loan the state made to the Illinois International Port Authority.

Senators voted 54-0 to override, with no debate. The House voted, 79-36, last month to override, so the measure now becomes law.