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Munoz: Trump assault on birthright citizenship is an insult to our constitution

Published: Tuesday, October 30, 2018 12:54 PM

munoz 031518SPRINGFIELD- Assistant Majority Leader Antonio “Tony” Munoz (D-Chicago) responded to Trump’s plan to end birthright citizenship by executive order with the following statement:

“Trump’s proposed executive order assumes he or any President has the sole authority to change our constitution. It’s an insult to the very document that guarantees our rights as Americans. This is another tactic to gain popularity by instilling fear of our immigrant community in his supporters.

People seeking asylum in this country have a human right to be treated with dignity. I will continue to be a voice for immigrants who have contributed so much to my district, our state and country.”

Hastings hosts successful clean energy town hall

Published: Tuesday, October 30, 2018 12:52 PM

hastings 0418 prefTINLEY PARK – Local residents were given a public forum to share input on clean energy efforts last week thanks to State Senator Michael E. Hastings (D-Tinley Park).

Hastings, the Chair of the Senate’s Energy Committee, worked with environmental groups and energy associations to host a town hall meeting which allowed people to voice their opinions and give input on what initiatives need to be considered in Springfield to increase energy-efficiency programs, decrease utility costs and create great jobs in the South Suburbs.

“The future of energy is extremely important,” Hastings said. “It’s important that we consider the opinions and needs of the people of our communities before acting on major energy legislation in Springfield.”

The town hall featured tables with information about energy programs and representatives of utilities and various groups.

“I want to hear what’s important to you and hopefully take that back to Springfield and make some changes,” Hastings told a packed room at the Virgil I. Grissom Middle School in Tinley Park.

Hastings worked in a bipartisan manner to implement commonsense clean energy legislation. The law was the result of negotiations among consumer advocacy groups, environmental groups, utility companies and energy policy stakeholders.

“The best policies are those that are a direct representation of the needs and wants of the people of Illinois,” Hastings said. “It’s absolutely vital that we all work together to pass meaningful legislation that will ensure our energy bills are affordable, protect our ecosystems and keep our lights on year round.”

Local leaders share need for state to invest in construction, jobs (VIDEO)

Published: Friday, October 26, 2018 03:10 PM

Asst. Majority Leader Iris Y. Martinez and Sen. Omar Aquino

More than two dozen community agency leaders turned out at a recent forum to tell local senators that the state is overdue on a new program that puts people to work building up our communities.

It’s been nearly a decade since the state last invested in roads, bridges and school construction.

Assistant Majority Leader Iris Y. Martinez and Senator Omar Aquino hosted the town hall and workshop to make sure local agencies know how to apply for state funding and assess the local needs as support grows across the state for a new, state-sponsored construction program.

“We wanted to make sure we expanded what people knew about the capital bill, that it goes into infrastructure, it goes into brick and mortar stuff, and how we’re going to be creative in making sure that we’re getting equitable dollars in our districts,” Aquino said.

Over 30 local community agencies ranging from health, social service, the arts and afterschool programs gathered at the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture for the Oct. 24 event.

“The two-year budget impasse hurt many organizations out there, so now we want to make sure we engage them so that we will be able to start doing some new things,” Martinez said. “I think the most important thing is our civic engagement, so our constituents can see that we’re working for them and we’re ready to respond to their concerns.”

Speakers included Becky Locker, Director of Policy and Budget for the Illinois Senate Democrats; Jen Walling, Executive Director of the Illinois Environmental Council; Colleen Smith, Legislative Director for Illinois Environmental Council and Representative Luis Arroyo.

Tom Cullerton urges residents to dispose of unwanted prescription drugs

Published: Friday, October 26, 2018 02:16 PM

Sen. Tom CullertonVILLA PARK – State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) is proud of the efforts made by DuPage County Law Enforcement to safety dispose of unwanted prescription drugs, vitamins, dietary supplements and pet medications year long.

More than 10 local police departments will participate in National Drug Take on Saturday, Oct. 27, but Cullerton wants to remind residents that many of these locations are available year-round to promote efforts to eliminate the abuse of controlled prescription drugs.

“The opioid addiction does not discriminate,” Cullerton said. “We must work together to keep unnecessary drugs out of our homes to prevent and eliminate the opioid crisis in our communities.”

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