July 24, 2017

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. –Committed to making Illinois a welcoming state, State Rep. Chris Welch, D-Hillside, and state Rep. Elizabeth “Lisa” Hernandez, D-Cicero, respective members of the Black and Latino Caucus, unified their fellow caucus members to pen a letter to Gov. Rauner urging him to enact immigrant protections passed by the General Assembly at the end of May. 

(Pictured: State Rep. Chris Welch and state Rep. Lisa Hernandez)

“In the era of Donald Trump and Jeff Sessions, it is crucial that we come together, and speak up for one another because an attack on one of us is an attack against all of us,” Welch said. “African-Americans and Latinos have made tremendous gains in the last few decades and we cannot let a misguided president roll-back that progress, which is why this legislation and the fact that the members who represent some of the most diverse districts in Illinois came together in solidarity for one another speaks volumes. Again, I urge Governor Rauner to make it clear t...

March 31, 2017

SPRINGFIELD, IL – “Today, we showed that the power of the people can reform the pervasive systemic problem with temp agencies and their client companies. Today is a victory,” exclaimed Representative Carol Ammons of the 103rd District, the Chief Sponsor of the Responsible Job Creation Act. Just earlier today at 12:30PM, dozens of temp workers, allies, and experts successfully testified before the Labor & Commerce Committee in Springfield advocating for the passage of the Responsible Job Creation Act.

During the hearing, Isaura Martinez, a temp worker for over 6 years, testified on how dangerous and toxic the conditions are within these factories and warehouses. Between tears, she shared personal stories of retaliation, lack of safety training and equipment, discrimination, lack of opportunities to be hired on as permanent employees, and other issues that affect hundreds of thousands of temp workers across Illinois.

Temp jobs are increasingly replacing full-time, direct hire work. Studies...

March 20, 2017

SPRINGFIELD – To end a system that punishes the poor, State Senator Donne Trotter is sponsoring a proposal that eliminates the state’s antiquated monetary bond process.

“Rather than providing all persons arrested an equitable opportunity to leave custody, it is only afforded to those who can pay the bond,” said Trotter, D-Chicago “This antiquated bond process only increases the likelihood of low income people being arrested for petty crimes and enduring harsher conditions than people from affluent backgrounds who commit the same crime. These trends of partiality toward people with wealth are prevalent in the justice system.”

The budget impasse has created a greater need for cost saving measures in Illinois. One area in great need of reform, said Trotter, is the prison system. The state squanders valuable resources on the holding of low risk offenders if they are unable to make bond.

The legislation is Senate Bill 552 which is in the Senate Criminal Law committee. An identical bill, House...

March 7, 2017

CHICAGO – Responding to reports that sexual assault survivors and law enforcement agencies are often left in the dark for as long as 12-24 months while they wait for critical rape kit testing results needed to advance investigations, State Rep. Juliana Stratton, D-Chicago, is advocating for reforms that would mandate the creation of one of the nation’s first modern Rape Kit Tracking & Survivor Notification Systems. 

“It takes a great deal of courage for survivors of sexual assault to come forward and subject their bodies to the invasive, four-hour process of DNA evidence collection needed to create a rape kit,” said Stratton. “They subject themselves to this traumatic process because they seek safety and justice after experiencing the most traumatic event of their lives.  Keeping them in the dark is wrong and re-traumatizing. We live in a nation with access to the most advanced technology in the world, and I question our priorities when sexual assault survivors and law enforce...

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...

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