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Sims: New law provides relief to workers exposed to toxic substances

sims 030619SPRINGFIELD — A plan to help workers who have been exposed to toxic substances was signed into law on Friday.

State Senator Elgie R. Sims, Jr. (D-Chicago) sponsored the bill, which helps workers who have developed latent illnesses or injuries after coming in contact with asbestos, radiation or beryllium in the workplace.  

“For far too long, employees have suffered from bad workplace conditions with no source of relief,” Sims said. “Often they do not see symptoms until 30 to 50 years after exposure. We must end the statute of limitations and ensure their right to recovery.”

Stadelman passes measure combatting student credit card debt

creditcards 032919SPRINGFIELD – Key stakeholders will seek solutions for skyrocketing credit card debt faced by college students under legislation passed by State Senator Steve Stadelman (D-Rockford).

House Bill 1581 creates the College Student Credit Card Marketing and Debt Task Force. The task force will be composed of representatives from credit unions, banks and state universities and will study how credit cards are marketed to students, students’ payment history and several other related issues.

Education Committee Chair Bertino-Tarrant passes measures to address Illinois teacher shortage

Sen. Jennifer Bertino-TarrantSPRINGFIELD – To help alleviate the teacher shortage in Illinois, the Senate’s Education Chair, State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant passed a series of measures on Thursday.

Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) passed House Bill 423 with bipartisan support, which places a hold on requiring educators to take a controversial licensing exam.

“This costly test may be ineffective in determining whether an applicant is qualified to teach in our classrooms,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “We need to take some time to evaluate this requirement to ensure we are not deterring qualified teachers from joining the profession.”

Belt promotes importance of early detection of Parkinson’s disease

parkinsons 051719SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Christopher Belt is the sponsor of a measure that would create a statewide program to promote public awareness and early detection of Parkinson's disease.

“People need to be aware of what Parkinson's disease is and understand the value of detecting the symptoms early,” Belt (D-Cahokia) said. “That includes public servants, so they understand how to respond to the needs of people with the disease.”

In addition, House Bill 3247 would allow the Illinois Department of Public Health to accept for the program any special grants of money, services or property from the federal government or any of its agencies or any foundation, organization or medical school.

An estimated 1.5 million Americans have been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, 50,000 more are diagnosed each year nationally and another 1.5 million people have the disease but have never seen a neurologist.

“It's vital that we educate people because many don’t know they have the disease and are missing out on important care,” Belt said. “People need to be aware of the procedures or possible treatments to manage their conditions.”

House Bill 3247 passed both the Senate and the House and now awaits the governor’s signature.

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