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Collins urges governor to sign automatic voter registration into law

avr presser 060617SPRINGFIELD – State Sen. Jacqueline Collins joined representatives of Common Cause Illinois and numerous other activists, advocates and fellow Springfield lawmakers at a press conference in Chicago yesterday to commemorate the passage of automatic voter registration in Senate Bill 1933, which passed the General Assembly toward the end of the May legislative session.

Collins said the next step is encouraging people to vote.

Senate’s “Trust Act” wins final approval

jjc 053117trustNow question becomes: Can immigrant communities trust Gov. Rauner?

SPRINGFIELD – Legislation designed to combat a surge in anti-immigrant rhetoric since Donald Trump became president cleared the Illinois Senate on Wednesday and next heads to the governor’s desk to become law.

“Police in Illinois have enough responsibilities without also trying to serve as immigration officers. If there’s a warrant and legitimate criminal activity, by all means, we want the police involved. What we don’t want is people targeted because of their appearance or culture,” said Illinois Senate President John J. Cullerton, who sponsored what’s known as the “Trust Act.”

House approves minimum wage increase to $15, Senate ready to vote

minwage 053017Today the Illinois House approved Senate Bill 81 which increases the minimum wage in Illinois. The measure was initiated in the Senate and increases the minimum wage over five years to $15 per hour by January 1, 2022.

Senate President John J. Cullerton statement on House approval of a minimum wage increase:

“The Senate has been waiting a long time for this. I hope that my assurances that this will get a vote in the Senate helped give the House members the courage to do the right thing. The Senate is ready to take this up if the House can get the paperwork over to us.”

Harmon advances two-year ban on bobcat hunting in northern Illinois

bobcatSPRINGFIELD – Illinois would halt bobcat hunting in most northern counties for two years to allow time for more scientific research about the animal’s population under legislation approved by the state Senate Monday.

House Bill 3399 was sponsored by Senator Don Harmon (D-Oak Park) and was the result of lengthy negotiations among Harmon, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and the Illinois Trappers Association.