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Glowiak Hilton moves to repeal unconstitutional purity pledge from election paperwork

Published: Monday, January 27, 2020 04:05 PM

Joseph McCarthySPRINGFIELD – State Senator Suzy Glowiak Hilton (D-Western Springs) is taking action to remove an unconstitutional loyalty oath that candidates filing for public office may sign, stating that the candidate is not affiliated with communist activities.

“This dated Cold War scare tactic wastes taxpayer dollars and has an immeasurable cost to our natural resources,” Glowiak Hilton said. “Printing a separate page for the oath for every candidate who files in Illinois not only wastes paper, but the time and energy of the public servants who administer our elections.”

Senate Bill 2331 would remove the optional oath, which was found to be unconstitutional in 1972. The loyalty oath was enacted by State Rep. Clyde Choate (D-Anna) in 1951. In 1996, Choate admitted to the Chicago Tribune that his legislation was both “unnecessary and ineffective.”

The legislation awaits consideration in the Illinois Senate. Lawmakers are scheduled to return to Springfield Jan. 28.

Murphy seeks to stabilize insurance coverage for those on managed care plans

Published: Monday, January 27, 2020 03:59 PM

Senator MurphySPRINGFIELD – Insurers would no longer be able to change eligibility or coverage during a policy contract period in managed care plans under a new measure introduced by State Senator Laura Murphy (D-Des Plaines).

“If you sign a contract for an insurance plan, you should be able to count on the terms of that plan to stay the same,” said Murphy. “Continuous care means peace of mind.”

The legislation would require insurers to maintain in-network providers, covered benefits and drug formularies for the duration of the contract period for anyone on a state-regulated insurance plan, including managed care plans.

Murphy says that her office regularly receives complaints from constituents about the disjointed way managed care organizations (MCOs) administer coverage. When a MCO changes a patient’s coverage mid-contract, the patient may have to search for a different doctor or find a prescription that their new plan covers, disrupting care and causing patients hardship and uncertainty.

“When the Rauner administration implemented this new managed care plan, they left a lot of gaps for us to fill,” said Murphy. “I want to be clear: This change should apply to all Illinoisans, not just those with plans being impacted by this bill. This is a step toward reforming that system and hopefully one day ensuring better care for all Illinoisans.”

Senate Bill 2470 currently awaits assignment to a committee.

Local parks to receive over $950K in renovation grants

Published: Monday, January 27, 2020 03:50 PM

PlaygroundSPRINGFIELD – The Des Plaines, Elk Grove and Roselle Park Districts will receive over $950,000 to renovate and expand local parks, State Senator Laura Murphy (D-Des Plaines) announced today.

The money comes from a grant that is part of the state’s Open Space Land Acquisition and Development program, administered by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR). The program is providing more than $29 million to support 85 park projects across the state.

“Improving and maintaining our parks is one of my top priorities,” said Murphy. “I fought for these projects by writing letters of support to IDNR, and I’m so excited to see ideas turn into reality.”

The OSLAD program began in 1987 and has invested $403.2 million in 1,729 local park projects. The program receives dedicated funding from a percentage of the state’s Real Estate Transfer Tax.

“The parks in in the 28th District are beautiful and accessible, and I hope these grants can help keep them that way,” said Murphy.

Glowiak Hilton moves to block the lawmaker-to-lobbyist revolving door

Published: Monday, January 27, 2020 01:44 PM

glowiak 012420SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Suzy Glowiak Hilton (D-Western Springs) has introduced legislation to lengthen the period before state officials can become lobbyists.

“In light of recent scandals that have shown how blatant corruption can be in Springfield, we need to send a clear message to citizens and lawmakers that there can be no grey area between who is in government and who represents special interests,” Glowiak Hilton said. “This ensures the passage of an entire election cycle before any former lawmaker can begin influencing the process as the agent of a special interest.”

Senate Bill 2463 prohibits a statewide elected official, administrative head or deputy administrative head of a State agency, or a member of the General Assembly from lobbying within two years after termination of service. Currently, 37 states have a “cooling-off” period of at least six months.

“I am optimistic that we can make lasting changes to our state’s political culture, and that needs to start with clear laws and clear boundaries,” Glowiak Hilton said.

The legislation awaits consideration in the Illinois Senate. Lawmakers are scheduled to return to Springfield Jan. 28.

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