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The Majority Report 10/01/18 - Castro urges override of wage gap bill


Castro urges override of wage gap bill

Sen. Cristina CastroState Senator Cristina Castro joined colleagues Monday to urge an override of Gov. Bruce Rauner’s veto of her bill addressing Illinois’ gender wage gap in Illinois and protecting working women.
Had it become law, House Bill 4163 would have banned employers from asking prospective new employees about their salary history. This would ensure wages were based on experience rather than the employee’s history.
“It’s a vicious cycle,” said Castro, an Elgin Democrat. “If a woman is unfairly paid a lower wage at one job, and that unfair wage can be used to determine her wage at her next job, then she might never be able to earn the wage she is duly deserved.”
The bill would also have given victims of unfair or gender-based wage discrepancies a method to seek compensation, including the recovery of lost wages, punitive damages and reimbursement of legal fees.
Castro intends to file a motion to override during the fall Veto Session.
Click HERE to read more and watch video of Castro’s press conference.


Hunter holds hearing in Chicago on solutions to affordable housing crisis

Sen. Mattie Hunter

In her third stop on a statewide tour, State Senator Mattie Hunter (D-Chicago) convened the Senate Special Committee on Housing Thursday to look for ways to address the state’s lack of affordable housing and rising rent prices.

“It’s not hyperbole to say that we face a crisis,” Hunter said. “Skyrocketing housing costs affect our entire state and all types of communities. We know that the demand is great, and that’s why we’re on this tour to find new and innovative solutions to help preserve affordable housing options.”

Currently, Illinois is one of 35 states across the country with a rent control ban. Hunter discussed her legislation, which would lift the 1997 ban on state and city governments enacting any measure that would regulate or control rent prices on private property.

Housing experts, landlords and renters were all available to provide testimony on lifting the state rent control ban.

Many rent control supporters argued that gentrification is driving up housing costs and making some areas unaffordable, while opponents argued that rent control is counterproductive and would result in higher property taxes and lower property values.

Read more about Thursday’s hearing HERE.


Mulroe receives Illinois Health Care Association Award for major senior care legislation

Sen. John MulroeIn light of several pieces of legislation he sponsored this year to improve health care for seniors and disabled persons, the Illinois Health Care Association awarded State Senator John Mulroe its Voice of Senior Care Award this month.

“I am honored to be recognized by the IHCA, and glad that these important measures have become law,” Mulroe said. “It’s never been more crucial that we help seniors in need of lifesaving long-term care to access, afford and understand their options.”

Senate Bill 2913, signed into law Aug. 2, provides for the passive renewal of Medicaid eligibility for seniors and disabled persons residing in nursing homes and creates an expedited process for collecting data for processing applications for eligibility.

Senate Bill 2385, signed into law Aug. 2, helps seniors and disabled persons navigate the financial red tape required to demonstrate their need for long-term care assistance.

Read more about Mulroe’s legislation HERE.


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Senator Cristina Castro, Elgin: Lawmakers vow to override governor’s wage equity veto | Peoria Public Radio

Senator Tom Cullerton, Villa Park: Lawmaker proposes stiffer penalties for motorists in work-zone accidents | WBBM-AM Newsradio

Senator Bill Cunningham: New Illinois law to end Chicago police ticket quotas | Land Line

Senator Mattie Hunter, Chicago: Rent control campaign heats up in Illinois | Crain’s Chicago Business

Senator Kimberly Lightford, Maywood: Illinois Issues: The Janus Effect – Will African American women pay? | WILL

Senator Andy Manar, Bunker Hill: Democrats will try to override teachers’ wage veto | The State Journal-Register

Senator Laura Murphy, Des Plaines: Community leaders tout benefits of investing in early childhood education, Dist. 62 facility serves as model | Journal & Topic


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