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The Majority Report 11/09/14 - Ballot measures approval, Veterans Day

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Steans applauds crime victims' rights amendment approval

Steans applauds crime victims' rights amendment approval

Senator Heather Steans (Chicago) sponsored the measure known as Marsy's Law to provide more information and a greater voice in court actions for victims of crime.


"The people of Illinois understand that crime victims deserve greater rights, privacy and more information during the difficult process of hearings, sentencing, penalties and release of the perpetrators."

 

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Martinez: Illinoisans overwhelmingly vote to protect birth control access

Martinez: Illinoisans overwhelmingly vote to protect birth control access

Senate Majority Caucus Whip Iris Y. Martinez (Chicago) said that voters' overwhelming support for the advisory Women's Health Referendum creates the momentum necessary to protect Illinois women's access to birth control in the face of attacks such as this summer's Hobby Lobby ruling. Yes votes on the question outnumbered no votes by a margin of 65.9 percent to 34.1 percent.


"The Supreme Court's outrageous ruling allowing some employers to decide, based on their own beliefs, whether or not female employees can access basic health care made it critical for lawmakers to hear from the public on this issue," Martinez said. "We have heard them loud and clear."

 

 

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Noland pleased tax for education referendum supported

Noland pleased tax for education referendum supported

Senator Mike Noland (Elgin) released the following statement on the Tax for Education Referendum Act, a statewide advisory question on amending the Illinois Constitution to require that each school district receive additional revenue, based on their number of students, from an additional 3% tax on income greater than $1,000,000.


"The ballots have been cast, and the people of Illinois have decided, through a small tax increase on the wealthiest among us, to increase the funding of education in our state," Senator Noland said.

 

 

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Raoul voting rights amendment approved

Raoul voting rights amendment approved

Senator Kwame Raoul (Chicago) released the following statement about this week's approval of a measure to amend the Illinois Constitution to address voting rights:


"On November 4, the people of Illinois took democratic action to safeguard their most basic right - the right to vote," Senator Kwame Raoul (D-Chicago) said.

 

 

 

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Senate veterans reflect on Veterans Day

Senate veterans reflect on Veterans Day

November 11 is observed in the United States as Veterans Day to honor those who served in the armed forces.  This day is not to be confused with Memorial Day, which is meant to honor those who lost their lives while serving.


The Illinois Senate Democratic Caucus includes a number of members who served in various branches of the armed forces. To learn more about our members and their thoughts on Veterans' Day, please watch our video on the website.

 

 

  

 


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