June 30, 2017

PEORIA, Ill. – To provide additional protections to students and people paying off their student loans, state Rep. Jehan Gordon-Booth, D-Peoria, recently supported legislation that would create a Student Loan Bill of Rights in Illinois.  

“After completing their degree, college graduates in Illinois have on average nearly $30,000 in student loan debt,” Gordon-Booth said. “People spend years paying back these loans, which can often become difficult and confusing when their loans are regularly sold to different lenders. This measure would help individuals with student loans navigate this process.”

Gordon-Booth sponsored Senate Bill 1351, which in addition to establishing a Student Loan Bill of Rights, also creates a Student Loan Ombudsman within the Office of the Attorney General to assist students with any questions or problems that they may run into. The legislation also allows the Attorney General to enforce provisions that prohibit student loan servicers from unfair business...

June 30, 2017

President Trump was wrong to withdraw the United States for the Paris Climate Agreement,” said Harper. “The United States should be a leader in climate change action and advocacy, and now that responsibility falls on each state. Illinois should follow the example of California, New York and Washington, and join the fight to protect the environment.”

Recently, President Donald Trump took unilateral action to remove the United States from the 2016 Paris Climate Agreement, which outlined participating nations’ policies to combat climate change and carbon emissions. Harper believes that an agreement that was negotiated by President Obama should not have been abandoned less than a year after it was enacted. In response to this action, Harper is joining her Senate and House Democratic colleagues in urging Gov. Rauner to join the state-lead U.S Climate Agreement.

“The governor has the opportunity to join a great effort and be a leader on environmental protection,” said Harper. “I strongly urge...

June 30, 2017

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. – Concerned about the negative effects a proposed federal health care overhaul would have on the most vulnerable, state Rep. LaToya Greenwood, D-East St. Louis, is supporting a resolution that opposes the Republican-introduced American Health Care Act.

“The new health care rewrite Republicans are trying to slam through in Washington would be detrimental to millions of Illinoisans,” Greenwood said. “We cannot turn our backs on the most vulnerable and people that are in most need of affordable health care and that is exactly what the American Health Care Act will do.”

Greenwood is sponsoring House Resolution 445, which notes that the Congressional Budget Office estimates that 24 million people would lose their health care coverage if the Republican proposal is implemented. In addition, the health care plan would dramatically slash Medicaid funding by approximately $880 billion over a period of ten years. In Illinois, such cuts would mean a $40 billion reduction in Medi...

June 30, 2017

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – State Rep. Camille Lilly, D-Oak Park, is standing with millions of Americans by sponsoring legislation which states the Illinois House of Representatives opposition to President Trump’s American Health Care Act.

“Illinoisans and their health must be put before big corporations and insurance companies,” Lilly said. “Healthcare should provide the necessary coverage and peace of mind for everyone, regardless of a pre-existing condition. There are too many instances of citizens having to choose whether or not they will get their monthly prescriptions or buy food to feed heir families. This is unacceptable. We have a responsibility to ensure that all Americans receive affordable healthcare regardless of any current condition they may have.”

Lilly is sponsoring House Resolution 445 to urge President Trump and his allies to reconsider making detrimental changes to the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Trumpcare will repeal the most important parts of the ACA, such as...

June 30, 2017

PEORIA, Ill. – State Rep. Jehan Gordon-Booth, D-Peoria, recently supported legislation that would protect a program that provides local municipalities with funding to care for foreclosed and abandoned properties. 

“For many years the city of Peoria has worked diligently to maintain abandoned properties across the city,” Gordon-Booth said. “In addition to reducing blight in our community, caring for abandoned homes also helps deter criminal activities and helps keep our community safe. This legislation will help ensure that Peoria continues to get funding to help them with these efforts.”

Gordon-Booth supported Senate Bill 647 which extends a fee that organizations, typically banks, involved in foreclosure proceedings pay to Foreclosure Prevention Fund and the Abandoned Residential Property Municipality Relief Fund. The first fund helps the Department of Urban Development pay for programs that provide housing counseling for homeowners at risk of losing their homes. The other portion...

June 30, 2017

SPRINGFIELD – Since 2005, the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus Foundation (ILBCF) has given deserving students scholarships to assist them in advancing their academic and career goals. This year, the ILBCF will give 62 students $1,000 scholarships, which brings its total over $500,000 scholarship since the organization’s inception.

On July 11th, the ILBCF will have its Annual Scholarship Reception where they will be awarding their scholarship winners.

The details about the scholarship awards ceremony are below:

Time:                    5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Location:             Dusable Museum of African American History, 740 East 56th place, Chicago, IL 60637

Date:                     Tuesday, July 11th, 2016

Who:                     ILBCF board members, Illi...

June 30, 2017

CHICAGO – As the weather continues to warm this summer, state Rep. Melissa Conyears-Ervin encourages members of the community to utilize local cooling centers to stay healthy and beat the heat.

“As summer temperatures continue to rise, I encourage all members of our community take care of their health and utilize local cooling centers to catch a break from the heat,” Conyears-Ervin said. “This summer may pack some miserably warm days and no person should be exposed for too long. We should work together to check on our neighbors, especially our seniors, to ensure they are okay and inform them of these local cooling centers.”

The City of Chicago offers many cooling centers throughout the city for use by the public. Libraries, senior centers and police stations can be used during regular hours to stay cool. A full list of locations, including the Garfield Center located at 10 S. Kedzie Ave., can be found at Additionally, residents who cannot check on the wellbeing of...

June 29, 2017

Failing $94 Million Online Healthcare Contract Excludes Minority Business Opportunity

SPRINGFIELD- Chair of the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus and Assistant Senate Majority Leader Kimberly A. Lightford (D-Chicago) today expressed deep concern over an Associated Press report that suggests that Governor Bruce Rauner’s administration took action to purposely exclude state guidelines aimed at encouraging minority-owned business opportunities in an effort to steer a nearly $100 million taxpayer-funded contract to a private company that is charged with creating online efficiency in state employee health insurance processing.

The news story, published on Sunday, highlights that the system was hastily designed and has caused serious difficulties in managing health care records of potentially hundreds of thousands of public employees and retirees. In addition, the investigation exposes the Rauner administration’s efforts to award the massive contract to Georgia-based company Morneau Shepell in...

June 29, 2017

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Sixteen and 17-year-olds would be able to sign up for the state’s organ donor registry under legislation supported by state Rep. LaToya Greenwood, D-East St. Louis.

“There are thousands of residents here in Illinois that are waiting for a donation,” Greenwood said. “Every day, too many people die while waiting for that life-saving call. I encourage the governor to sign this bipartisan bill so that we can expand the number of people who can give and help to prevent further tragedies.”

Greenwood backed House Bill 1805, which would allow for 16-and 17-year-olds to sign up for the state’s organ and tissue donor registry when they are issued or renew a driver’s license or state identification card. Presently, an individual in Illinois must be at least 18 years old to register for the organ donation list. A provision in House Bill 1805 allows the minor’s parent or guardian to retain the ability to revoke organ donation in the event of death.

The measure passed with bipartisa...

June 29, 2017

CHICAGO- In response to the senseless violence and killing of Xavier Joy and many others, State Senator Mattie Hunter (D-Chicago) is calling for greater commitment to violence prevention, community outreach and youth programs.

Xavier Joy, was a former football player at Morehouse College and had worked as a special education classroom assistant in the Chicago Public Schools. Committed to his community, Joy left school and returned to Chicago to work with underprivileged children. His family believes he was gunned down after being robbed for his cellphone.

“Violence has become the language of despair and economic strife,” said Hunter. “We must change that language by creating opportunities for our children. Parents need to be more involved in their children’s lives. We must fight together to stop erratic and violent behaviors in children early on.”

This past weekend, two teenaged boys were shot and wounded at 31st Street Beach on Sunday. According to police, the teens were at the beach whe...

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