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August 14, 2017

SPRINGFIELD, Ill.– As many of her residents lack access to healthy foods, state Rep. Juliana Stratton, D-Chicago, is sponsoring legislation to help bring attention to food deserts – areas lacking stores that sell healthy foods.

“Many residents are forced to eat out at fast food restaurants or shop for food at gas stations that only sell junk and don’t stock fruits and vegetables,” said Stratton. “The result is that many residents’ health suffers from a lack of healthy options. We need to make critical investments in building an infrastructure of stores that carry healthy foods and farmers’ markets to allow people healthy food options.”

The Stratton-backed House Bill 3157 asks the Illinois Department of Agriculture to work with municipalities on identifying food deserts and to alert lawmakers as they arise. Currently, 450,000 Chicagoans, or roughly 17% of city residents live in a food desert, with most of those affected largely concentrated in the southern and western parts of the city. E...

July 25, 2017

CHICAGO – State Rep. Juliana Stratton, D-Chicago, is calling on Gov. Bruce Rauner to stand with her and help end the school-to-prison pipeline by signing important juvenile justice reforms into law.

“We should always move swiftly when working towards justice,” Stratton said. “So that’s why Governor Rauner should take the many criminal justice reforms we have sent him, immediately sign them and help create opportunities to prevent children from unfairly being swept into the criminal justice system.”

Two major criminal justice reforms that Stratton introduced this year passed both the House and Senate and now require the governor’s signature to become law. The Stratton-introduced House Bill 2663 would limit early-childhood providers from expelling vulnerable students with perceived behavioral issues and encourage them to use community services to work with children and families to address behavioral issues that students might display. In addition, the Stratton-introduced House Bill 3903 pr...

July 24, 2017

 CHICAGO – As a way to help her constituents understand important developments in Springfield, especially about the budget, state Rep. Juliana Stratton, D-Chicago, met with residents at a town hall meeting with State Treasurer Michael Frerichs at the Hartzell Memorial United Methodist Church in Chicago on Saturday.  

“A budget does not just consist of numbers on a page,” said Stratton. “A budget reflects our values – and I can tell you this budget shows we value children, families and our community.”

During the town hall Stratton spoke about the funding for important programs in the most recent budget, including funding for child nutrition, domestic violence shelters and assistance for low-income students to attend college. The town hall, held with Frerichs, touched on important topics such as allowing residents to access funding for higher education and how education can improve public safety. A number of other local officials were present, including Kim Foxx, Cook County Stat...

July 19, 2017

CHICAGO – As a way to help her constituents understand important developments in Springfield, especially about the budget, state Rep. Juliana Stratton, D-Chicago, met with residents at a town hall meeting with State Treasurer Michael Frerichs at the Hartzell Memorial United Methodist Church in Chicago on Saturday.  

“A budget does not just consist of numbers on a page,” said Stratton. “A budget reflects our values – and I can tell you this budget shows we value children, families and our community.”

During the town hall Stratton spoke about the funding for important programs in the most recent budget, including funding for child nutrition, domestic violence shelters and assistance for low-income students to attend college. The town hall, held with Frerichs, touched on important topics such as allowing residents to access funding for higher education and how education can improve public safety. A number of other local officials were present, including Kim Foxx, Cook County...

July 19, 2017

CHICAGO – State Rep. Juliana Stratton, D-Chicago, is calling on Gov. Bruce Rauner to stand with her and help end the school-to-prison pipeline by signing important juvenile justice reforms into law.

“We should always move swiftly when working towards justice,” Stratton said. “So that’s why Governor Rauner should take the many criminal justice reforms we have sent him, immediately sign them and help create opportunities to prevent children from unfairly being swept into the criminal justice system.”

Two major criminal justice reforms that Stratton introduced this year passed both the House and Senate and now require the governor’s signature to become law. The Stratton-introduced House Bill 2663 would limit early-childhood providers from expelling vulnerable students with perceived behavioral issues and encourage them to use community services to work with children and families to address behavioral issues that students might display. In addition, the Stratton-introduced House Bill 3903 pr...

July 7, 2017

CHICAGO – State Rep. Juliana Stratton, D-Chicago, issued the following statement upon voting to override Governor Rauner’s veto of a full-year, bipartisan, balanced budget:

“Our governor is a billionaire – so three years with no budget has not changed his life. For my residents, three years without a budget is an eternity."

“That is why I am so disappointed that the governor vetoed our budget. Our budget funds our universities, domestic violence shelters, anti-violence programs, Meals on Wheels and every other program that takes care of our most vulnerable. Our budget even received 15 Republican votes. And the governor still could not find the sense to sign it into law."

 “My override vote today fully funds the social service agencies forced to reduce services, cut staff and shut their doors. My override vote today ensures our local schools open in the fall and provides our students the aide required to attend college. My override vote today fully funds preventive mammograms and other cri...

July 1, 2017

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – As states across the country engage in voter suppression, state Rep. Juliana Stratton, D-Chicago, is fighting to ensure Illinois residents have access to the ballot box by passing legislation to automatically register people to vote when they conduct business with the state, known as “automatic voter registration.”

“Efforts to suppress the vote have continued in an effort to disenfranchise eligible voters and silence their voices on important issues," Stratton said. “Access to the ballot box continues to be an important fight to ensure we protect the hard earned right to vote.”

The Stratton-backed Senate Bill 1933 would automatically register Illinoisans to vote when they visit a Secretary of State’s office or other key government locations, unless they choose not to let their names go onto the voting rolls. Currently, officials at the Secretary of State’s offices will ask eligible Illinoisans if they want to register to vote or update their registration, which serves...

June 28, 2017

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – To lift up the prospects of the working men and women who have gone years without receiving a raise, state Rep. Juliana Stratton voted recently to raise Illinois’ minimum wage to $15 per hour.

“The minimum wage has long since maxed out its potential for my residents,” Stratton said. “So while people are working harder and harder, their wages remain flat, even with the skyrocketing cost of essentials like housing, groceries, health care and child care.”

The Stratton-backed Senate Bill 81 would increase the standard minimum wage from its current $8.25 to $9 per hour in 2018 and increase it every year until the minimum wage hits $15 in 2022. To make it easier for employers to hire young people, but still provide a living wage to more experienced workers, Senate Bill 81 would create a “youth minimum wage” of $12 per hour for workers 18 years and under by 2022. The legislation also creates a tax credit for small businesses to offset wage increases that would come as a resu...

June 28, 2017

CHICAGO – State Rep. Juliana Stratton, D-Chicago, is fighting to give families a voice in their children’s education by passing legislation creating an elected representative school board to lead the Chicago Public Schools (CPS).

“Too often, parents in our communities see our schools are going in the wrong direction, but don’t feel like they can do anything about it because the school board is beholden to insiders, not our families,” Stratton said. “An elected school board will empower residents to guide our schools in the right direction to allow our children to meet their full potential.”

Currently, the Chicago Board of Education members are appointed by the mayor of Chicago. The Stratton-sponsored House Bill 1774 would change Chicago’s current appointed board into an elected one starting with the 2019 municipal election. Registered voters with residency in the Chicago electoral district for at least one year immediately preceding the election would be eligible to run for a board...

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