April 14, 2017

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – In an effort to protect health coverage for people with pre-existing conditions, state Rep. Harper, D-Chicago, is sponsoring legislation that would outlaw insurance companies from denying people coverage because of their health conditions.

“Health care is a very contentious topic in the country right now,” said Harper. “Many people live with pre-existing conditions or other serious issues that require them to have affordable coverage. With the president attempting to roll back access to health care, I am supporting legislation that will allow our most vulnerable residents to keep their coverage.”

Harper is a sponsor of House Bill 2959, which aims to prevent insurance companies from denying people coverage based on pre-existing conditions. There are 1.3 million Illinoisans that could face potentially higher costs if Congress eliminates the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Harper feels access to health care should not be taken away from people who struggle with health issues.


April 14, 2017

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – In an effort to end practices of pay discrimination between male and female employees, state Rep. Emanuel “Chris” Welch, D-Hillside, is sponsoring legislation to create modern equal pay policies.

“Women in Illinois are not equally compensated for the work that they do. In some cases, women earn only between 54 and 79 cents on the dollar for what men earn,” said Welch. “This cannot continue. The time for real policy change is now, and I want to tackle this issue head on. This legislation I am supporting will help accomplish that goal.”

Welch is sponsoring House Bill 2462, which strengthens state law requiring employers to pay women the same as equally qualified men doing the same job. Welch’s legislation prohibits employers from asking job applicants about their previous wages, a practice that can lock women in to lower pay for their entire careers. His measure also bars companies from requiring employees sign contracts that would prevent them from discussing their sal...

April 14, 2017

CHICAGO – State Rep. Juliana Stratton, D-Chicago, is helping connect local jobseekers with resources that help them train for careers that do not require a four-year college degree at a free alternative pathways college and career fair on Monday, May 8 from 9 a.m. to noon at Vandercook College of Music, located at 3125 S. Federal Street in Chicago.

“The high cost of a college degree shouldn’t be a roadblock to a good career,” Stratton said. “There are many different paths to a good career, and a number of ways for local residents to get ahead in a competitive job market. I am excited to bring these resources to young people who want to build for their futures, and all jobseekers who are looking for new opportunities.”

Stratton is partnering with state Sen. Mattie Hunter and state Rep. Sonya Harper to host the alternative pathways college and career fair. The fair is free and open to the public, and will allow residents to speak with representatives from various vocati...

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