config

Castro: Covering up crimes should be punished, not rewarded

Published: Thursday, January 09, 2020 08:49 AM

castro 060219SPRINGFIELD – In response to a WBEZ report that a former lobbyist attempted to use cover ups as leverage in a friend’s upcoming disciplinary hearing, State Senator Cristina Castro (D-Elgin) released the following statement:

“If someone covers up crimes or unethical practices, they should be punished, not rewarded. It is unconscionable that the culture in Springfield has created an environment that allows behavior like this to occur. That’s why I have fought and will continue to fight for the ethical reforms that will make the people of Illinois regain trust in their government officials.”

Bennett releases statement on possible sexual assault cover-up

Published: Thursday, January 09, 2020 08:47 AM

bennett 050219CHAMPAIGN Shocked and angered by a possible sexual assault political cover-up, State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) is asking anyone with information to come forward.

The request comes in response to a WBEZ article regarding a 2012 email to officials within then-Gov. Pat Quinn’s administration that references someone keeping quiet about “the rape in Champaign.”

“This is frightening and disturbing. Sexual assault allegations need to be taken seriously. If anyone has any information about this crime, please get in touch with authorities. This needs to be investigated and prosecuted. The public needs answers, people need to be held accountable and somewhere there’s a victim who deserves justice. The conduct I read in that email is disgusting and will not be tolerated,” Senator Bennett said.

If you have information please contact:

  • Champaign County State’s Attorney, 217-384-3733
  • Illinois State Police, 217-278-5000
  • Illinois Executive Inspector General, 312-814-5600

Senate President statement on the passing of former Senator Pat Welch

Published: Thursday, January 09, 2020 08:40 AM

WelchSPRINGFIELD —Illinois Senate President John J. Cullerton issued the following statement regarding the passing of former Senator Pat Welch.

“It’s with a heavy heart that I express my deepest condolences to the family and friends of my former colleague Pat Welch. He was a man with the savvy and the determination to be a true, principled public servant to the people he represented.

“Pat was a fighter for his ideals. He left behind a legislative legacy of equal pay for equal work, environmental protection and investment in local infrastructure. The Pat Welch I had the honor of serving with is the sort of person we speak of when we talk about statesmanship. He will be dearly missed.”

Cunningham announces expanded benefit opportunities for seniors

Published: Wednesday, January 08, 2020 11:32 AM

seniors 010820SPRINGFIELD – More seniors will be eligible for certain state benefits under new changes implemented by the Illinois Department on Aging, State Senator Bill Cunningham announced Tuesday.

“Many seniors live on a fixed income, and we need to ensure that all of them have access to the benefits they need,” said Cunningham, a Democrat who represents portions of Chicago and the southwest suburbs. “This program provides valuable assistance to some of the most vulnerable people in our state. Expanding its availability is simply the right thing to do.”

The new rules increase annual income limits to participate in the Benefits Access Program, which includes the Secretary of State license plate discount, seniors ride free transit benefit and persons with disabilities ride free transit benefit. Eligibility for the program is now determined by income as follows:

  • For households containing one person, an annual income of less than $33,562
  • For households containing two persons, an annual income of less than $44,533
  • For households containing three or more persons, an annual income of less than $55,500

For applications submitted between January 1 and April 15, income amounts from 2018 will be used to determine eligibility. For applications submitted after April 15, income amounts from 2019 will be used.

The changes come as part of the bipartisan budget implementation bill passed by the General Assembly last spring. This is the first time the annual income limits for the program have been increased since 2010.

Applications may be submitted online at www.illinois.gov/aging under the “Benefit Access” tab. For assistance, call the Illinois Department on Aging Senior HelpLine at 1-800-252-8966 (hearing impaired call 1-888-206-1327).

Sign up for The Majority Report HERE

Follow ILSenDems

Facebook Instagram Twitter YouTube

News Releases

IMAGE Senator Morrison commends Medline Industries
Tuesday, 21 January 2020
SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Julie Morrison (D-Deerfield) commends Medline Industries for taking steps to decrease ethylene oxide emissions from its...

Read More...
IMAGE Local parks to receive more than $800,000 in improvement grants
Tuesday, 21 January 2020
Essex – Three local parks will receive over $800,000 to make some major improvements and renovations, State Senator Patrick Joyce (D-Essex)...

Read More...
IMAGE Steans: With ratification by 38 states, it’s time for the Equal Rights Amendment
Wednesday, 15 January 2020
CHICAGO – State Senator Heather Steans issued the following statement on news that Virginia today became the 38th state to ratify the Equal Rights...

Read More...
IMAGE Lightford announces library grants to local school districts
Wednesday, 15 January 2020
SPRINGFIELD – Ten local school districts will receive more than $16,000 in grants through the Illinois secretary of state’s School Library Grant...

Read More...
IMAGE Castro seeks answers, solutions at ethics commission hearing on lobbying
Wednesday, 15 January 2020
CHICAGO – The Joint Commission on Ethics and Lobbying Reform met to discuss lobbying regulation Wednesday. “I’m fed up with it, and I know the...

Read More...