August 2, 2017

CHICAGO – State Rep. Elgie Sims (D-Chicago), State Sen. Donne Trotter (D-Chicago), and Cook County Commissioner Stanley Moore (D-Chicago) will host their annual Community Back to School Health and Wellness Fair on Saturday, August 5 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Green Lake Forest Preserve located at 1100 River Oaks Drive, Groves 1-4, in Calumet City. 

“Through this annual event we seek to bring local families together during a day of family-friendly fun while at the same time helping to ensure our children have the resources they need to get off to a successful year in school” said Sims. “This event is an opportunity for area families to come together and help us help our students get off to a great start for the upcoming school year.”

During Sims’ Community Back to School Health and Wellness Fair students will receive free school supplies to help them prepare for the upcoming school year.  In addition, there will also be free food, fun, and entertainment f...

July 4, 2017

SPRINGFIELD – Key negotiators for the Illinois Senate Democrats today said budget talks at the Statehouse are progressing, and they urged calm, continued optimism from everyone involved.

“Our expectation and understanding is that now that the budget piece is getting nailed down, that was key to finalizing a few of the other pieces,” said Senator Heather Steans, a Chicago Democrat and chairwoman of one of the Senate’s appropriations committees, during a briefing with reporters at the Capitol Saturday afternoon. Steans said lawmakers from all four legislative caucuses were engaged in budget negotiations until late Friday night, and talks resumed at the Capitol Saturday morning. She added that workers’ compensation negotiations hinge on finalizing budget talks and that property tax relief talks are still on the table, as are other pieces, such as getting the governor’s signature on the Senate Democrats’ school funding reform bill.

Steans noted that it is a heavy lift to get so man...

July 4, 2017

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Senate voted today to pass a balanced budget that would end the budget impasse. State Senator Donne Trotter (D-Chicago) issued the following statement:

“Far too many people have been suffering for far too long because of this impasse. This balanced budget will help end the chaos that has been plaguing our state and bring the stability that we so desperately need. It is time for us to start putting Illinois back together.

“We must also continue working on reforms that will make Illinois more competitive. I remain committed to working with my colleagues across the aisle to pass reforms that will move our state in a positive direction.”

June 28, 2017

CHICAGO — State Sen. Jacqueline Collins, D-Chicago, issued the following statement today on news Gov. Bruce Rauner signed into law a measure that makes important changes to the state’s bail system.

“In our system, a person is always considered innocent until proven guilty,” Collins said. “But, under our bail system, many people who could not afford to pay, regardless of their guilt or innocence, are forced into long stays in jail that throw their lives into chaos and cost taxpayers the expense of detaining them. These reforms strengthen the due process of the bail system and fight against a system that perpetuates inequality. I applaud Senator Donne Trotter for his leadership on this issue.”

Senate Bill 2034, signed into law today, establishes five rights for defendants, including:

  • The right to a presumption against monetary bail

  • The right to counsel at a bail hearing

  • The right to a new bail hearing

  • The right to conditions of release considerate of the defendant's econo...

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