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...

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