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Cunningham and Hurley move to streamline tax dollars to Chicago Fire Department, give firefighters a say in spending

Published: Friday, May 25, 2018 04:22 PM

cunningham 031518SPRINGFIELD – Rank-and-file Chicago firefighters would have greater oversight and control of funding intended for their department under legislation passed by the Illinois Senate today.

Sponsored by State Senator Bill Cunningham and State Representative Fran Hurley, House Bill 5197 would establish a Foreign Fire Insurance Board, an entity that will be entrusted with the expenditure of fire insurance fees collected exclusively from insurance companies whose corporate headquarters are located outside of Illinois.

Currently, the City of Chicago receives about $5 million in fire insurance fees, which are directly deposited into the city’s general fund. HB 5197 would transfer control of those funds to a newly-established Foreign Fire Insurance Board and require the City of Chicago to turn over fire insurance revenue to the board.

“The legislation streamlines the flow of tax dollars and allows the Chicago fire fighters to determine how revenue intended for their own department is used,” said Cunningham, a Democrat representing parts of Chicago and the Southwest Suburbs. “The funding will now go directly to fire suppression instead of being spread throughout the city budget.”

Advocates of the legislation say it will improve Chicago Firefighter’s safety and effectiveness through enhancements in their equipment and training. The funds will be used to purchase of items such personal protective gear, tools, fire apparatus, enhanced training and for firehouse improvements.

“This newly-created board will draw on the knowledge, experience, and expertise of the rank-and-file to purchase items that allow them to safely operate in the many hazardous situations they routinely encounter,” said Robert Tebbens, Director of Political Action for Chicago Firefighters’ Union. “It will also give their families confidence that they will return home safely.”

Under current law, the Chicago Fire Department is the only fire department in the state that does not have a fire insurance board.

The fire insurance board would consist of the department’s fire commissioner and six elected trustees.

HB 5197 now heads to the House for approval.

Hutchinson works to bring continued stability to Child Care Assistance Program

Published: Friday, May 25, 2018 03:48 PM

hutchinson 042718SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Toi Hutchinson (D-Chicago Heights) passed a proposal out of the Senate Thursday afternoon that would increase stability for the thousands of Illinois families who rely on the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP).

House Bill 4965 would bring Illinois in line with federal law by moving to a 12-month redetermination process for CCAP families instead of the current system, which redetermines eligibility every six months.

Steans seeks to protect consumers and insurance exchange

Published: Friday, May 25, 2018 12:32 PM

steans 042618SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Heather Steans (D-Chicago) advanced a measure through the Senate to protect consumers from a pending rollback to the Affordable Care Act.

House Bill 2624 would encourage individuals to enroll in comprehensive health insurance rather than remaining on a short-term plan. The measure would limit short-term coverage to 180 days within a year. The Obama Administration limited the time an individual could stay on a short-term plan in 2016. President Trump has proposed reversing this ruling and allowing individuals to stay on short-term, limited duration insurance plans for a year.

Holmes proposal to educate students on consent passes Senate

Published: Friday, May 25, 2018 09:48 AM

holmes 052518SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Linda Holmes (D-Aurora) passed legislation through the Illinois Senate requiring that sex education classes in grades 6 through 12 include information on what constitutes sexual consent and what may be considered sexual harassment or assault. The course would have an emphasis on the workplace and life on a college campus.

“Nearly every week there are new reports of sexual assault or misconduct on college campuses and in work places,” Holmes said. “The first step in stopping these egregious actions is to make sure students are educated on the differences on what is right and wrong.”

The proposal came from State Representative Stephanie Kifowit’s Student Advisory Council. Kifowit previously passed the bill through the Illinois House.

“It’s inspiring to work with the members of my Youth Advisory Council to spearhead an initiative to raise awareness to prevent sexual harassment and assault, especially on college campuses and in the work place,” stated Kifowit.  “These students saw a problem, got involved and changed the law to benefit future students.  These young leaders should be commended for their activism.”

The legislation, House Bill 5148, passed through the Illinois Senate with a vote of 50-0. It will now head to the governor’s desk. 

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