The Majority Report 11/26/14 - Giving thanks and giving back


Giving thanks and giving back

Giving thanks and giving back

As we gather around our family tables and give thanks for what we have before us this Thanksgiving, we may realize that there are many not as blessed as we are.

Although Black Friday and Cyber Monday are on the horizon in the coming days, and many of us are thinking about how to tackle the long lines awaiting us at department stores across the state, let's remember to shop local this Saturday and support the local small businesses and their families, as well as the local economy on Small Business Saturday.

For parents, child safety is always a concern. This holiday season, make sure your children and young loved ones are safe from hazardous toys and equipment by checking out Attorney General Lisa Madigan's "Safe Shopping Guide." It includes photographs and descriptions of more than 100 children's products that have been recalled and steps to avoid identity theft.

After the hustle and bustle of shopping for loved ones, next Tuesday, charities, families, businesses, community centers and students around the world will come together to celebrate generosity and to give. Make this Tuesday a Giving Tuesday and find a way to give back to the community that has given us so much over the past year.

You may decide to give back by donating food or time to your local food bank or another local charitable organization. Either way, let's make it a priority to give back this coming Tuesday and the entire holiday season.


Last week, next week

We return to Springfield December 2 for the final week of the fall legislative session.

Still on everyone's mind is the recent trial court ruling declaring unconstitutional the SB 1 pension changes. The Senate Democrats' reactions to the ruling are here.

If you want to quickly get up to speed on the history of the pension systems' funding troubles and the constitution, you can find resources here.

The debate over the state's minimum wage also returns to the Capitol this week, as legislators continue to discuss how best to respond to the voters' overwhelming desire to raise the minimum wage in the state. Nearly 67 percent of the voters supported raising the minimum wage. Assistant Senate Majority Leader Kimberly A. Lightford recently discussed the results and her legislation at a press conference.


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