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February 28, 2017

PEORIA, Ill. – In recognition of Credit Education Month, state Rep. Jehan Gordon-Booth, D-Peoria, will host a “Rebuilding Your Credit Score” seminar on Monday, March 6 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Peoria Public Library – Lincoln Branch, located at 1312 Lincoln Ave. in the Hot Air Balloon Room.

“Having good credit makes it easier to purchase or rent a home, buy a car and help your child go to college,” said Gordon-Booth. “There are small actions you can take to improve your credit score, but learning about this process can be overwhelming without help.”

Professionals from Chestnut Credit will be available to answer questions and provide advice to guests about improving their credit score. Attendees should come prepared with their credit reports, which can be obtained for free by calling 877-322-8228 or visitingannualcreditreport.com.

To RSVP for this event, please contact Gordon-Booth’s full-time constituent service office at 309-681-1992 or emailrepjgordon@g...

February 28, 2017

CHICAGO –  State Rep. Juliana Stratton, D-Chicago, is advocating for a new bill that will save lives by reducing the age in which Illinoisans can register to become organ donors.

“In my district, requiring a new organ is a reality of life for residents of all ages. We have people with heart disease that need new hearts. We have people on dialysis that need new kidneys. And sadly we have the everyday tragedy of gunshot victims. Reducing the age that young people can become an organ donor allows their legacy to be one of saving lives and alleviating heartache.”

The Stratton-sponsored House Bill 1805 allows the Secretary of State to offer each driver’s license or identification card applicant who is 16 years of age or older, rather than 18 years of age or older, the opportunity to have his or her name included in the First Person Consent organ and tissue donor registry. Currently, more than 5,000 Illinoisans are waiting for organs with 300 people dying annually due to the shortage.

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February 28, 2017

CHICAGO – State Rep. Justin Slaughter, D-Chicago, plans to prioritize education funding and fight for reform

in the state’s criminal justice system after being appointed to the House Appropriations Elementary and Secondary Education Committee and House Judiciary Criminal Committee.

“When I talk to local residents at community events and going door-to- door, they often mention their concern about our education system and criminal justice network,” Slaughter said. “These committee appointments give me an opportunity to directly review legislation that will impact these areas of concern and bring positive change.”

In addition, Slaughter will also serve on the Business Incentives for Local Communities Committee, the Economic Justice and Equity Committee, the Energy Committee, the Health and Healthcare Disparities

Committee, the Police and First Responders Committee and the Restorative Justice Committee.

“I aim to be an advocate for disadvantaged residents who need to be prioritized,” Slaughter...

February 28, 2017

CHICAGO – To honor the legacy and accomplishments of former President Barack Obama, state Rep. Justin Slaughter, D-Chicago, is co-sponsoring legislation that would make Obama’s birthday an Illinois state holiday.  

“President Obama has been a role model and active Illinois public servant for many years,” Slaughter said. “The people of Illinois, particularly the citizens in my district, consider him a hero and a true staple of the community. I believe his legacy deserves to be honored by the state that gave him his start, and that residents in Illinois would be proud to celebrate a holiday honoring him.”

House Bill 503 amends the State Commemorative Dates Act, and would designate Obama's date of birth, Aug. 4, as a legal state holiday in Illinois. Under such a holiday, state offices and departments would be closed for business. Already, the same practice occurs annually in Illinois in honor of former President Abraham Lincoln. If passed and signed into law, House Bill 503 would go into ef...

February 27, 2017

East St. Louis, Ill. - State Rep. LaToya Greenwood, D-East St. Louis, will be hosting her first Coffee Shop Stop on Saturday, March 4 from 9 to 10 a.m. at Sweet Katie Bee’s Organic Café and Cupcake Bar located at 212 E State St, in O’Fallon.

“Sitting down to talk with individuals from my district is the best way to better understand the needs of the residents in my district,” said Greenwood. “Listening to the concerns that people have to share with me is important so that I can support legislation in Springfield that helps them.”

Greenwood hopes that neighbors will join her and bring ideas to improve the area. She will have updates about legislation that she is supporting, and she looks forward to sharing her experience thus far as state representative. Greenwood will be hosting similar events throughout the district.  

“I am looking forward to meeting with residents to answer their questions,” said Greenwood. “It is my hope that the conversations had during our time a...

February 27, 2017

HILLSIDE, Ill. – In an effort to alleviate the burdensome tuition costs for college students across Illinois, state Rep. Emanuel “Chris” Welch is sponsoring legislation that would establish reimbursement grants for Illinois students at public universities.

“As Chair of the House Higher Education Committee, I see a lot of proposals that would affect a student’s ability to enroll into one of Illinois’ many public universities,” said Welch. “Constant tuition increases can prevent students from applying to state universities and colleges. It can also force them to look at colleges out of the state, and many times these students do not move back to Illinois after receiving their degree.”

Since Gov. Rauner took office, funding for state colleges and universities has been cut by almost 60 percent. Many schools have been forced to lay off staff, increase class sizes, reduce programs they offer and raise tuition rates; putting the cost on students. To help students with this new financial burden,...

February 27, 2017

CHICAGO – State Rep. Sonya Harper, D-Chicago, is sponsoring legislation that would expand women’s access to comprehensive health care by allowing pharmacists to prescribe contraceptive medicine.

“There is a great deal of uncertainty among women across the country because the president is attempting to restrict women’s health care choices,” said Harper. “Limiting and restricting access to health care can have serious consequences, which this legislation would help prevent. I want to see a health care system that quickly and efficiently addresses the needs of women and not one that steadily eliminates rights.”

House Bill 274 would expand a pharmacist’s role in increasing access to health care by prescribing hormonal contraceptives that can be taken orally or via patch. Harper believes that this bill is necessary because it would help poor and low-income women who do not have the adequate time and funds to visit a doctor go to a local pharmacist and receive their health care services.

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February 27, 2017

CHICAGO – State Rep. Camille Lilly, D-Chicago, will chair the House Committee of Insurance: Property and Casualty in the 100th General Assembly, hoping to bring forward new ideas and policies to protect families across Illinois.

“I want consumers to have a peace of mind if catastrophe strikes their lives,” Lilly said. “As chair, I will make it a priority to pass legislation that gives home and business owners that ability.”

               

After an accident or natural disaster, it is important that there is legislation in place to make the recovery a smooth and less stressful transition for residents in Illinois. As Chair of the Insurance: Property and Casualty Committee, Lilly plans on using her experience as the Director of the Austin Chamber of Commerce to determine beneficial legislation for businesses and homeowners.

“During my time as the director of the Austin Chamber of Commerce, I learned first-hand how to deal...

February 27, 2017

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – In an effort to provide relief to immigrant students and families in Illinois, state Rep. Emanuel “Chris” Welch, D-Westchester, is sponsoring House Bill 426, which would establish protections for immigrants from Immigration & Customs Enforcement (I.C.E.) or agencies working with I.C.E.

“The goal of this legislation is to protect people’s rights from invasive actions by the government,” said Welch. “We must stand with those who feel that their government is not fighting for them. Illinois should be a welcoming place to those who are trying to make a better life for themselves.” 

Welch introduced House Bill 426 to create safe zones for the 2 million immigrants who currently residing in Illinois, approximately 500,000 of whom are undocumented. The safe zones defined in this proposal include: elementary and high schools, colleges and universities, health care facilities and places of worship. Under the legislation, Immigration & Customs Enforcement officials and agen...

February 23, 2017

CHICAGO – State Rep. Marcus C. Evans Jr., D-Chicago, will lead an effort to create jobs and expand opportunity by investing in roads and highways as the new chairman of a House transportation committee.

“Our streets, roads and bridges are crumbling and if Illinois is serious about attracting businesses and creating jobs we must invest in our infrastructure at every level,” Evans said. “I am excited to take a leading role in building up our state’s infrastructure and making Illinois a place that is more accessible to businesses and motorists.”

Evans will serve as chairman of the House Transportation: Regulation, Roads & Bridges Committee. According to the American Society of Civil Engineers’ infrastructure report card, Illinois roads are in poor condition costing motorist $3.7 billion annually in repair costs.

Additionally, 16 percent of Illinois’ bridges are deemed structurally deficient. The governor recently borrowed nearly $480 million for road and bridge repair, adding to Illinois’ b...

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