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The Majority Report 11/19/18 - Senate overturns governor in Week 1 of veto session


Senate overturns Rauner in Week 1 of veto session

Sen. President John J. CullertonSenate Democrats overrode the governor’s vetoes on several key measures last week, including matters related to crime victims, smoking and more.

The Senate overrode the governor’s veto of the Voices Act, which is Senate President John Cullerton's measure to empower immigrant trafficking victims to come forward by protecting them from deportation if they help bring human traffickers to justice.

“The Voices Act is an effort to fight back and go after the real criminals – human traffickers,” said State Senator Martin Sandoval, a Democrat from Chicago and chairman of the Senate Latino Caucus.

The Senate overrode Gov. Bruce Rauner’s veto of a plan to raise the age at which people can purchase cigarettes and other tobacco products to 21. State Senator Julie Morrison (D-Deerfield) sponsored the measure.

“Since most current smokers started when they were teens, it is vital we work to cut off that supply and prevent the development of a deadly, lifetime habit,” she said.

The Senate also overrode a veto of State Senator Michael Hastings’ (D-Tinley Park) plan to ensure more adequate restitution for families of the veterans who succumbed to a deadly Legionnaires' disease outbreak in a Quincy residential facility. His legislation would remove a $100,000 cap for state payouts in civil litigation.

In addition, Senate Democrats reversed vetoes of measures to greenlight plans to improve the Midlothian Park District, sponsored by State Senator Napoleon Harris III (D-Harvey); to allow Fox Metro Water Reclamation District trustees to be elected rather than appointed, sponsored by State Senator Linda Holmes (D-Aurora); and to proceed with efforts to help Lyme disease sufferers, co-sponsored by State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill).


Bush demands answers on deadly pollution

Sen. Melinda Bush

State Senator Melinda Bush is demanding answers about the deadly effects of ethylene oxide emissions from two Lake County plants.

Victims and experts spoke about problem during the Senate Environment and Conservation committee hearing last week. The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry recently reported that the areas around Sterigenics in DuPage County and Medline in Lake County have increased rates of cancer due to ethylene oxide emissions.

“Ethylene oxide might be the cheapest option for businesses sterilizing medical equipment, but it’s the most costly for Illinoisans’ health,” Bush (D-Grayslake) said. “Air permits for companies emitting these cancer-causing toxins need to be reviewed immediately, and substitute sterilization methods need to be considered.”



Senate bids farewell to Haine, Clayborne

Sen. William R. Haine

Two veteran state senators from the Metro East area of Illinois who are retiring from the Senate received accolades and warm wishes from both sides of the aisle last week.

State Senator Bill Haine (D-Alton) was honored with a retirement resolution that detailed the highlights of his public service career, including 16 years in the Illinois Senate, 14 years as Madison County state’s attorney and a member of the 1st Cavalry Division Airmobile in Vietnam from 1967 to 1969.

“It’s been an honor to serve the people of the 56th Senate District and Madison County for all of these years,” Haine said. “I appreciate their faith in re-electing me to represent them in the Illinois Senate and as a prosecutor in Madison County.”

State Senator James Clayborne Jr. (D-Belleville) was similarly honored. His retirement resolution explained how he has worked to guarantee that every child, regardless of their ZIP code, has the tools and opportunities to achieve their dreams.

Sen. James Clayborne Jr.“I want to thank my constituents over the years for allowing me to serve them in Springfield,” Clayborne said. “By working together we have made our schools better, increased opportunities for all and worked to build a state we are all proud of.”







Illinois at 200

On This Day, Nov. 13, 1909To mark the countdown to Illinois’ bicentennial on Dec. 3, all this year the Illinois Senate Democratic Caucus has published daily tributes to the people, places and events that have helped forge the state’s rich history.

From inventors and entertainers to our communities and the Capitol, Illinois has a lot to celebrate.

Last week’s bicentennial countdown featured the 1891 birth of music composer Richard Whiting in Peoria, the Cherry coal mine disaster in 1909 and U.S. Senator Paul Simon’s retirement announcement in 1994.

To find all of our historical vignettes, visit I Like Illinois online, on Facebook and on Twitter. #IllinoisProud


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