The Majority Report 11/22/15 - Supporting seniors, families, diversity


Biss' retirement savings plan a model for other states

Biss' retirement savings plan a model for other statesIllinois is setting the trend on helping people save for retirement, with a growing number of states now following its lead and exploring ways to encourage more Americans to put away money for their golden years. The effort here - called the Secure Choice Savings Program - was led by Illinois Sen. Daniel Biss, D-Evanston, and was featured in the New York Times, which noted Illinois is farther along on this important issue than other states in the nation.

Secure Choice, a state-based retirement savings program, will become available in 2017 to an estimated 2.5 million Illinoisans who do not have access to the kinds of traditional retirement savings plans offered by many employers.

New York Times lauds Secure Choice >
Background: How Secure Choice works >




Hutchinson clarifies child care assistance compromise

Hutchinson clarifies child care assistance compromiseSince July 1, thousands of Illinois children have been turned away from the Child Care Assistance Program. Cuts enacted by the governor dramatically lowered eligibility to CCAP, turning away 90 percent of previously eligible children.

Last week, a state panel that sets rules for CCAP voted to enact an agreement reached by Senator Toi Hutchinson (D - Chicago Heights) and the governor restoring eligibility to 90% of applicants, according to Illinois Action for Children. For example, a family of two earning up to $2,151 a month can immediately access CCAP services. That family had been cut out by the governor.

CCAP is back >




Holmes meets with Aurora Latino business, social service leaders

Holmes meets with Aurora Latino business, social service leadersSenator Linda Holmes (D-Aurora) recently joined State Reps. Stephanie Kifowit and Linda Chapa LaVia with Latinos in the Aurora area to discuss everything from access to social services to the challenges facing prospective Latino-owned small business.

In a wide-ranging talk, the group touched on affordable housing shelters, assistance to the elderly, programs that support small business owners and lack of Latino management leadership in local non-profit organizations and how to build the Latino business community.

Bettering Aurora >




Harris joins unveiling of honorary Rocky Clark Drive (VIDEO)

Harris joins unveiling of honorary Rocky Clark Drive (VIDEO)State Senator Napoleon Harris (D-Harvey) joined Annette Clark along with other officials, family and members of the Robbins community last week to honor the memory of her son with the dedication of the Honorary Rasul "Rocky" Clark Drive on the corner of West Lydia Avenue and South Hendricks Road in Robbins. Rocky was a football player at Eisenhower High School in Blue Island when he was paralyzed during a game in 2000. He died in 2012.

"If you knew Rocky, you knew one thing about him: He never complained," said Harris. "Rocky showed compassion. He showed a huge amount of strength, determination and perseverance. We can all draw strength from Rocky because I know going through his times one thing remained the same, that beautiful smile."

Honoring Rocky >



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