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January is Radon Awareness Month

Radon Awareness MonthJanuary is Radon Awareness Month. Approximately 1,200 Illinoisans are diagnosed with radon-related lung cancer each year, so make sure your home is radon-free! Radon can’t be seen, smelled, or tasted so the only way to detect its presence is through a licensed professional or at-home test kit.

You can find a local, licensed professional here.

OR, you can order an at-home radon testing kit here.

How should I prepare my home to test for radon?

Senators respond to gun violence at Mercy Hospital in Chicago

mercy hosp 112018State Senator Mattie Hunter (D-Chicago) issued the following statement on the shooting at Mercy Hospital in Chicago yesterday:

“I am deeply saddened to hear about the horrific shooting at Mercy Hospital in Bronzeville yesterday. I am praying for all those who were affected. To the families of the victims—I cannot even begin to fathom the pain you are experiencing, but please know that our community is here for you.

Black Women’s Equal Pay Day

BlackWomens EqualPayDay 1Today, Tuesday, Aug. 7, is Black Women’s Equal Pay Day. The date – more than 200 days into 2018 – symbolizes the number of extra days the average black woman must work in a two-year span to match the single-year wages of an average white man.

When compared to all men, women are paid 80 cents on the dollar. Black women earn just 63 cents to each dollar a white man makes despite high education rates and growing participation in the workforce.

New fiscal year brings new state laws

CapitolSWJuly brings the beginning of a new fiscal year for the state, and several measures passed by the legislature and signed into law take effect on July 1.

Most notably, two new laws address Illinois education: one reaffirms the importance of learning cursive writing in Illinois schools and another addresses the statewide teacher shortage.

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News Releases

IMAGE Van Pelt and DHS expanding services for persons with disabilities
Monday, 10 February 2020
SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Patricia Van Pelt (D- Chicago) is leading an initiative with the Department of Human Services that will expand...

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IMAGE Bush targets corruption with legislative package giving more power to ethics commission
Friday, 07 February 2020
GRAYSLAKE – State Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake) introduced a package of legislation giving more power to the state ethics commission to weed...

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IMAGE Murphy to partner with Citizens Utility Board and Sierra Club to help residents go green, lower utility bills
Thursday, 06 February 2020
SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Laura Murphy (D-Des Plaines) will join the Citizens Utility Board (CUB) and the Sierra Club later this month to host a...

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IMAGE Lindop school district to receive property tax relief grant
Wednesday, 05 February 2020
SPRINGFIELD – Property taxes will be lowered for some homeowners and business owners in South Suburban communities thanks to a new state grant...

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IMAGE Bennett steers families to resources regarding DCFS insurance switch
Wednesday, 05 February 2020
SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) raised concerns following the transition of DCFS children with complex needs into the...

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