A state senator from Rockford wants to make sure elected officials at all levels are familiar with economics.
Senator Dave Syverson is planning to introduce legislation to make it mandatory for elected officials at the city, county, and state levels to take an economics class as part of a continuing education.
"The economic decisions made by elected officials impact every aspect of our lives. Now, more than ever, we need elected officials to understand big-picture economics," Syverson said. "The decisions the leaders in this state are making may be well-intentioned but the consequences of their decisions have been devastating on our state and its citizens."
The legislation would require elected officials to take an eight-hour economics course every two years with curriculum developed by the Illinois Community College Board along with Illinois' manufacturing, agricultural, and business community.
Syverson believes an education in economics would better help officials deal with issues like the state's pension debt, unpaid bills, and failed social programs.
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