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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.

Supreme Court hands a win to Illinois communities, Main Street retailers

30436737336 4bc59f3a5c bSPRINGFIELD – Out-of-state online retailers will have to pay their fair share of local sales taxes – just like local companies must do – if they want to do business in Illinois, according to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling today that garnered praise from State Senator Cristina Castro.

“Times are different now, and a lot of people do their shopping online. It is important that out-of-state businesses are held accountable to their share of state revenues,” said Castro, an Elgin Democrat and the sponsor of a successful bipartisan measure that was contingent upon today’s ruling. That plan was incorporated into the state budget that was signed into law June 4.

Previously, out-of-state e-commerce retailers do not have to collect a sales tax, a practice that undercuts local retailers and denies revenue for local needs, such as road, bridge and sewer repairs.

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