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Collins’ new law creates council to fight discrimination against women

collins 042418SPRINGFIELD – To fight the systemic barriers facing women and girls in work, education and life, legislation by State Senator Jacqueline Collins’ to create the Illinois Council on Women and Girls was signed into law today. 

The Illinois Council on Women and Girls will be tasked with gathering information about the specific issues women and girls face in every sector of family, education and career life. The council will issue regular reports to the General Assembly detailing possible legislative solutions on its findings. 

“I was born in segregated Alabama,” Collins said. “I’ve seen incredible changes in the openness and equality of our country. These sweeping changes did not happen on their own. It’s comforting to think that progress simply causes systemic bias to dissolve at an appointed time, but to think so is to be complacent and complicit. Change never comes without resolve, solidarity and debate. We must always be actively rooting out entrenched systems of discrimination. 

“The Illinois Council on Women and Girls will study the things that hold back half of our population from achieving their full potential, and it will periodically report on ways we could tear down the barriers that hold back our sisters and daughters. In doing so, it will start the conversations that result in change. The Illinois Council on Women and Girls will study the hurdles standing in the way of our sisters and daughters so that we can continue the fight for equality and opportunity.” 

The legislation was House Bill 5544. It takes effect immediately.

Tom Cullerton supports new law to end hunger

foodbank 082018VILLA PARK— State agencies now have an easier path to donating food to local food pantries, soup kitchens and non-profit organizations thanks to a law championed by State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park).

Cullerton supported Senate Bill 2606, which requires state agencies to donate leftover food that was purchased with state funds. It was signed into law earlier this month.

“Leftover food that is purchased with state dollars should not be wasted and it should go to our taxpayers with the greatest need,” Cullerton said. “It’s disappointing that we have to legislate this, but it is an important step forward.” 

Under current law, no public entity can enter into a procurement contract for food services that prohibits the agency from donating any leftover food to a food bank. Senate Bill 2606 would require those agencies to create a policy to donate any leftover food procured with state funds. 

“This new law will have a big impact on alleviating hunger in our communities,” Cullerton said. “We need to continue to implement commonsense measures to address food shortages across our state and nation.”

Senate Bill 2606 goes into effect immediately.

New law by Hunter expands influenza research and prevention

hunter 041018SPRINGFIELD – Students and parents will now have more access to research and prevention materials regarding influenza, thanks to a new law passed by State Senator Mattie Hunter.

Hunter (D-Chicago) worked to expand influenza research and prevention after a rapid increase in the number of people going to see their doctors or health care providers with flu related symptoms this year.

According to reports, there have been a total of 114 pediatric deaths related to the flu, with 30 deaths so far this year. Doctors' offices and emergency rooms experienced visits at levels almost as high as during the 2009 swine flu epidemic.

“Influenza is a dangerous illness that can have serious consequences,” Hunter said. “I am glad that we now have additional steps in place to protect children and families by providing them the information they need to live healthy lives.”

Senate Bill 2654 requires the Illinois Department of Health to develop information materials about influenza and flu vaccines for school districts. Additionally, school boards are now required to provide that information to parents when notifying them of other health related matters.

The governor signed Senate Bill 2654 this week. It takes effect immediately.

Morrison law will study chemicals in wastewater, offer suggestions for remediation

water 082018SPRINGFIELD – A proposal passed by State Senator Julie Morrison (D-Deerfield) to study chemicals found in wastewater effluent and recommended remediation efforts was signed into law on Friday. 

“Clean water is an important environmental and public health issue across the globe,” Morrison said. “In order to ensure we are not producing lasting damage to our fragile ecosystems, it is vitally important to know the level of chemical exposure in our wastewater and what we can do to limit that exposure once it is released into the environment.”

Morrison’s new law, contained in House Bill 5741, requires the Prairie Research Institute to conduct a research study to identify chemicals recognized as contaminants of emerging concern by the United States Environmental Protection Agency in wastewater effluent. The study will also produce recommended actions to address the environmental or public health concerns associated with each chemical. 

The Prairie Research Institute is located within the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus and conducts scientific research on the state’s natural resources and environmental risks.

House Bill 5741 was signed into law on Friday and goes into effect immediately.

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