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Bertino-Tarrant introduces measure to put a stop to frivolous taxpayer-funded stipends

Published: Wednesday, January 23, 2019 04:22 PM

Sen. Jennifer Bertino-TarrantPLAINFIELD— To help put a stop to political waste, State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) filed legislation today that would prohibit appointed short-term legislators from receiving taxpayer-funded stipends.

Bertino-Tarrant’s measure, Senate Bill 112, changes the General Assembly Compensation Act so that any member of the General Assembly who is appointed to the House of Representatives or Senate after May 31 of an even-numbered year may not receive additional salary for service as a chairman or minority spokesperson.

“Doling out frivolous taxpayer funded stipends is a blatant abuse of the public’s trust,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “We cannot afford to waste a single dime in our state’s budget. Tax dollars should be directed toward funding vital programs, not lining the pockets of political insiders.”

Legal clinic seeks justice for housing fraud victims, Collins receives award for legislation targeting scams

Published: Tuesday, January 22, 2019 02:37 PM

collins ok 081318CHICAGO – State Senator Jacqueline Collins (D-Chicago) was the recipient of the first Lillie Pearl award from Mothers Opposed to Violence Everywhere (MOVE) in recognition of her legislative efforts on the same day a Chicago area legal clinic called on victims of alleged housing fraud to seek their help.

Collins received the award as Reverend Robin Hood, a West Side community activist and founding member of MOVE, and attorneys from Northwestern Pritzker School of Law’s Bluhm Legal Clinic announced they will partner on behalf of victims of Mark Diamond, who the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois charged with defrauding more than 120 homeowners in a reverse mortgage scheme. Hood presented Collins with the award on the organization’s behalf at William Penn Elementary School during the observance of Martin Luther King Day, citing her legislation providing homeowners protections from reverse mortgage fraud.

Sims statement on Orland Square Mall shooting

Published: Tuesday, January 22, 2019 01:20 PM

sims 052418CHICAGO–State Senator Elgie R. Sims Jr. (D-Chicago) released the following statement after an unknown gunman shot and killed an 18-year-old man and wounded another person at Orland Square Mall Monday night: 

“Last night, I, unfortunately, witnessed two tragedies. The first was yet another senseless shooting, as a young man was gunned down literally a few feet away from where I was shopping with my family, along with other families, at Orland Square Mall.

Gillespie to Illinois women: ‘We can never stand down’

Published: Tuesday, January 22, 2019 12:31 PM

gillespie rptr 010919SPRINGFIELD – On the anniversary of the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, State Senator Ann Gillespie is urging Illinois women to continue fighting to protect their health care from government intrusion.

“Women’s rights – specifically the right to make our own health care decisions – are under assault every day,” said Gillespie, an Arlington Heights Democrat. “Although Illinois has taken dramatic steps to protect women’s reproductive decisions, it is clear to me that we can never stand down in our fight for fairness and autonomy.”

Gillespie praised Gov. JB Pritzker for issuing an executive order today enforcing House Bill 40, which protects a woman’s right to choose in Illinois.

The 2017 law removes the “trigger” provision from a 1975 Illinois law that would reinstate previous state policy banning abortion in the event that Roe v. Wade is overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court. Additionally the law allows abortion coverage for individuals on Medicaid or covered by State Employee Health Insurance plans.

Prtizker’s order directs the Department of Central Management Services to ensure all state employee health benefit plans include that coverage by July 1, 2019.

“This matter was settled by the highest court in the nation. Yet here we are, nearly 50 years later, rehashing whether women should have control over their own health care,” Gillespie said. “It’s troubling to me, and I urge women and men everywhere to continue fighting for rights that shouldn’t even be up for debate.”

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IMAGE Bertino-Tarrant introduces measure to put a stop to frivolous taxpayer-funded stipends
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