The Majority Report 08/31/14 - Pregnancy, Veterans, Mobile Homes and Buckets of Ice



Labor Day


Labor Day is a holiday to thank and recognize workers who - until the holiday was formalized through the efforts of labor unions - did not get many days off work. The Central Labor Union of New York City celebrated the first Labor Day on September 5, 1882, and the initial proposal to make the occasion a national holiday suggested parades to show "the strength and esprit de corps of the trade and labor organizations" to the public.


We hope you can enjoy a day off from your labors on Monday. Take a moment to be grateful for those who built, drove, delivered, taught and cared for our thriving state over its nearly 200 years.




Hutchinson delivers workplace protection to pregnant women


Pregnant women across Illinois will gain newfound protections from discrimination in the workplace, thanks to State Senator Toi Hutchinson (D - Chicago Heights). The new law she sponsored makes it illegal and a civil rights violation for employers to discriminate against a woman because she is pregnant.


"I am so relieved that vital protections are finally being offered to women who want to keep working throughout their pregnancy. Unfortunately, many women in this country still face unpaid maternity leave, which forces them to forego needed income right when another child adds to the family budget," Sen. Hutchinson said.


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Manar cuts through red tape to increase veteran funding


In recent years, the state budget has failed to reimburse some community colleges for the cost of offering Veterans' Grants. In the past, some community colleges were given priority over others for this valuable program. Senator Andy Manar (D - Bunker Hill) believes it's important that community colleges in Central Illinois receive the same treatment as every other community college in the state.


Manar successfully restored a $42,000 grant to each of the community colleges serving the 48th Senate District in Central Illinois. The restoration of these funds will lead to greater educational opportunities for veterans and to more aggressive outreach by local community colleges, including Richland Community College, Lincoln Land Community College and Lewis and Clark Community College.


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Kotowski’s mobile home resident safety measure becomes law


Mobile home community residents gained increased health and consumer safety protections as legislation sponsored by State Senator Dan Kotowski (D-Park Ridge) was signed into law. Senator Kotowski partnered with Representative Marty Moylan (D-Des Plaines) on the legislation.


"Residents of mobile home communities should not be subjected to sub-standard, dangerous living conditions," Kotowski said. "This measure guarantees that they
have the same rights as all other tenants in our state."


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Senators chill out with ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

maj-rep083114-5The "Ice Bucket Challenge" involves people getting drenched with buckets of ice water on video, posting that video to social media  and then nominating others to do the same, all in an effort to raise ALS awareness and funding. State Senators Dan Kotowski, John G. Mulroe, Emil Jones III, Michael Frerichs, Daniel Biss, Michael E. Hastings, Julie Morrison and Bill Cunningham have already completed the challenge and called out many of their colleagues on both sides of the aisle to do the same.


 Read more and watch our Ice Bucket Challengers...





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