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The Majority Report 09/06/15 - Labor Day 2015


Without labor, nothing prospers

Without labor, nothing prospersOn Labor Day we thank and recognize workers throughout Illinois who build, drive, deliver, protect, teach and care for us every day.

The Illinois Senate Democrats stand with working families. We always have and we always will. As you enjoy your day off Monday, September 7, remember the holiday was created for and by American workers.

Take a look at our senators with our many friends in labor at recent events.

Happy Labor Day >



Hutchinson, Gordon-Booth call for child care fix

Hutchinson, Gordon-Booth call for child care fixJoined by child care advocates and daycare providers, State Senator Toi Hutchinson (D - Chicago Heights) and State Representative Jehan Gordon-Booth (D - Peoria) held a press conference last week urging all House members to support Senate Bill 570, a proposal to roll back drastic cuts to the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) instituted by the governor.

"We are here today because there is a crisis going on in our communities," Senator Toi Hutchinson said. "There are daycare centers across this state closing on a daily basis, leaving children without care, parents with no choices and daycare employees without jobs. This is not a Democrat or Republican issue - this is a human issue."

Child care crisis >




Biss demands clarity on state payments from Comptroller's Office

Biss demands clarity on state payments from Comptroller's OfficeIllinois State Senator Daniel Biss (D-Evanston) sent the following letter to Illinois Comptroller Leslie Munger's office requesting information regarding state payments to vendors and service providers. The request comes in light of recent threats that the state may be held in violation of court orders for not paying bills owed to programs serving persons with disabilities.

"As chairman of the Senate committee on Human Services, I want to make sure we fully understand who is being served and who is being left out during this budget impasse," said Sen. Biss. "Committee members, and all Illinois taxpayers, deserve complete transparency on what payments are being made and who is making these decisions and why. Vulnerable people are at risk, and we need to know about it."

The Human Services Committee will hold a hearing in Chicago Tuesday on the subject of state payments.

Payment transparency >


Doctors laud Mulroe's new 3D mammography law

Doctors laud Mulroe's new 3D mammography lawThe recent signing into law of Senator John G. Mulroe's (D-Chicago) Senate Bill 54, now Public Act 99-0407, is monumental in the detection of cancer in women. SB 54 requires insurance companies to cover 3D mammograms for Illinois women. The new law was recently praised in a letter to the editor from Dr. Deepa Cyriac, M.D. of Central Illinois Radiological Associates to Springfield's State Journal-Register.

"It is truly a marvelous thing when legislation and those who benefit from it can come together like this," Mulroe said.

3D mammography >





Manar law requires school carbon monoxide detectors

Manar law requires school carbon monoxide detectorsLegislation requiring schools to install carbon monoxide detectors was signed into law last week. State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) sponsored the proposal after a faulty exhaust pipe at North Mac Intermediate School in Girard sent 150 students and staff to the hospital for carbon monoxide poisoning.

"Last year, Girard could have faced an unimaginably horrific tragedy. We have an obligation to protect children while at school and ensure something like this can't happen again," Manar said.

Safer schools >





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