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The Majority Report 01/07/19 - 2018 in review


2018 Year in Review

Illinois Senate Democrats 2018 In Review

Protecting veterans in the state’s care, increasing government transparency, tackling gun violence, pushing back against harmful federal policies and advancing issues important to women and minorities were among the matters Illinois Senate Democrats successfully shouldered in 2018.

Browse our timeline of highlights for a look back as we prepare to inaugurate new Senate members Wednesday, Jan. 9, in Springfield.

2018 Highlights

• Sims appointed to replace retiring Trotter
Cullerton seeks accountability for Legionnaires outbreak at Quincy veterans home

Senate Democrats, Black Caucus react to governor's budget speech
• Raoul presses for withdrawal from Crosscheck system
Senate president cites concern about governor’s turnaround on school funding reform

• Senate Democrats consider gun violence prevention proposals
• Manar introduces payroll offshoring bill
• Bush decries harassment at Chicago’s Ford plants
• Senate Democrats walk out in solidarity, then vote for stronger gun laws

Women’s Caucus announces first bipartisan effort
Schools begin receiving new money under school funding overhaul
• Stadelman leads discussion of legalized sports betting
• Senate passes Equal Rights Amendment
• Senate advances protections for immigrants who assist police

• Harmon introduces bipartisan gun trafficking prevention measure
• Senate welcomes Loyola Ramblers and Sister Jean to Springfield
• Lightford’s African-American Equal Pay Act heads to governor
• Hutchinson passes Industrial Hemp Act
• Senate passes bipartisan, balanced budget
• Senate sends back pay bill to governor with veto-proof support

• Bertino-Tarrant leads hearing on CPS sexual misconduct
• Black Caucus: Rauner no friend to black communities

Senate Democrats decry SCOTUS ruling on collective bargaining
• Morrison’s ‘red flag’ measure signed into law
Murphy seeks transparency at tollway hearing
Martinez, Castro call for investigation into Chicago immigration shelters

• Hastings’ rear-facing car seat law signed
Truth in Hiring Act becomes law
• Harris’ black history education law signed
• Collins’ check-cashing fee limits become law

• Hunter seeks solutions to affordable housing crisis
• Lawmakers demand answers on pharmacy aid

• Lightford, Black Caucus urge continued advocacy after Van Dyke conviction
• Latino Caucus reacts to Trump's birthright citizenship threats

• Morrison leads override of Tobacco 21 veto
Haine, Clayborne honored for Senate service as they prepare to depart

• Steans praises 5 years of marriage equality in Illinois
• Van Pelt seeks answers to DNA evidence processing backlog
• Illinois Senate Democrats mark 200 years of statehood


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