The Illinois Senate has passed a resolution designating 2015 as the "Year of Service and Engagement." Senate Resolution 1002 was sponsored by State Senator Mattie Hunter (D-Chicago).
“Volunteerism is a part of Illinois’ history and culture,” said Hunter. “We’re a state built on the foundations of service."
"Volunteer opportunities have the potential to lead to jobs,” Hunter opined. “They provide similar skill sets as paid positions but show a commitment to the community and self-improvement.”
As part of the resolution, Illinois, Senate leadership will "seek to foster volunteerism within the state" by hosting a taxpayer-funded Senate forum on volunteerism, which is intended to "serve as a platform to rebuild the human element of the state’s infrastructure."
The State Senators who voted for the resolution, and those who may be participating in the forum will continue to be paid. The resolution did not include a call for legislators to volunteer their time in a "show of commitment to the community and self-improvement."