The Majority Report 11/25/19 - Patrick Joyce joins the Illinois Senate for the 40th District


Patrick Joyce joins the Illinois Senate for the 40th District

Sen. Patrick Joyce

SPRINGFIELD-- The Senate welcomed its newest member last week: Patrick Joyce from Essex. Joyce was sworn into office at Kankakee Community College.

Joyce replaces Toi Hutchinson as state senator for the 40th Legislative District. Hutchinson left to lead the Pritzker administration's recreational cannabis rollout as it becomes legal on January 1.

“It is an honor to follow the outstanding Senator Hutchinson. I would like to thank her for the excellent job she has done for Kankakee and the South Suburbs,” Joyce said. Continue reading.





Sims, Castro join ethics commission

Sen. Elgie R. Sims Jr.

CHICAGO—To respond to recent allegations involving Springfield lawmakers and prevent future wrongdoing, State Senator Elgie R. Sims, Jr. (D-Chicago) has been named as the co-chair of a new joint legislative commission that will recommend changes to state ethics laws. Senator Cristina Castro (D-Elgin) has also been appointed to the commission.

“The last several months have seen very troubling developments and the people of Illinois expect us to be and do better,” Sims said. “For the people to have faith in their government we must hold ourselves to the highest of standards, and when public officials do wrong, they should face the consequences. Those are the beliefs that will guide me as I serve on this commission.” Continue reading.



Lightford leads discussion on new cannabis law Majority Leader Kimberly A. Lightford

BROADVIEW – Senate Majority Leader Kimberly A. Lightford (D-Maywood) led a discussion at a town hall hosted by Broadview Mayor Katrina Thompson on the implementation of the new Illinois cannabis law that goes into effect on Jan. 1.

The town hall covered the legislative, business and law enforcement perspectives of legalizing cannabis and gave residents a chance to have their questions answered.

“Mayor Thompson and I wanted to bring information on the new cannabis law to make sure our local communities understand how they can get involved in the new industry, and if they choose to, how to use cannabis within the restrictions in the law,” Lightford said. Continue reading.


Ellman pursues property tax breaks for seniors Sen. Laura Ellman

SPRINGFIELD – Cook County seniors would see access to property tax break sooner under legislation by State Senator Laura Ellman that has passed the Senate unopposed.

“My goal was always to simplify this application process as much as possible,” said Ellman, (D-Naperville), the measure’s chief sponsor. “Rather than subjecting our seniors to an unnecessary reapplication process, we’re making things easier on them while also giving more people the chance to benefit from property tax breaks.” Continue reading.




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