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Stadelman bill to prevent guardian abuse receives national attention

Published: Friday, August 29, 2014 03:48 PM

300pxStadelmanROCKFORD – A bill sponsored by Illinois Senator Steve Stadelman to strengthen the protection of adults in need of a legal guardian was signed by Governor Pat Quinn this week.

Senate Bill 1051 amends the Illinois Probation Act of 1975 by emphasizing that judges consider the welfare of the dependent adult when appointing a guardian. The bill also requires the inclusion of contact information for physicians providing evaluations, reports or opinions on a person’s mental or physical disability for the purpose of naming a legal guardian.

“The legislation now specifically states ‘best interest and well-being’ of the dependent adult shall be the court's main concern in selection of the guardian,” said Stadelman, D-Rockford “The goal is to help prevent guardianship from being used in a convenience or retaliatory manner.”

Stadelman worked with Sylvia Rudek, director of the National Association to Stop Guardian Abuse, to pass the legislation, which both houses of the Illinois General Assembly approved unanimously. Rudek, who lives in Mount Prospect, Illinois, was subsequently named by Money Magazine to its “50 Heroes: 50 States” list for her efforts on SB 1051 and other reforms.

“SB 1051 provides clear language along with protections for the elderly and disabled adults of Illinois who are under guardianship,” Rudek said. “Senator Stadelman is to be commended for reaching across the aisle and working with Rep. David Harris to gain bipartisan support. NASGA looks forward to working with Senator Stadelman in the future to further protect Illinois seniors and infirm adults.”

Senator Bertino-Tarrant moves forward with Plainfield Park Board appointee selection process

Published: Thursday, August 28, 2014 03:00 PM

082814JBTIn an effort to involve community input, State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) has formed a selection committee of four Plainfield community residents who will be responsible for reviewing resumes and conducting interviews of applicants interested in serving on the Plainfield Park Board.

“I feel that community members involved with the selection process is especially critical due to the reasons we were called on to intervene in the first place,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “I want to ensure that we make the best decision possible for the Plainfield Park District and for our community.”

State law requires Senator Bertino-Tarrant to appoint one individual to the Plainfield Park Board.

The selection committee, which will be comprised of a municipal government official, a park advocacy official and two community residents, will narrow the pool of initial applicants to two individuals. Senator Bertino-Tarrant will then make her appointment based on that final pool.

Interested applicants must be eligible to serve on the park board by having resided within the Plainfield community for at least one year prior to the appointment.  A person is not eligible to serve as park commissioner if that person is in arrears in the payment of a tax or other indebtedness due to the park district or has been convicted in any court located in the United States of a felony.  

Individuals interested in applying for the Plainfield Park Board position must submit a resume, along with answers to the following questions:

1.    Please explain the vision you would bring to the Plainfield Park District if you were selected to serve?
2.    What skills and experiences do you have that would be an asset to the park district?
3.    If you have ever been a member of a public body or organization that has experienced conflicts, please describe how you worked to resolve such conflicts.

Applications for the park board appointment will be accepted through Friday, September 5, 2014.  Interested individuals should send their resume and answers to the application questions to Senator Bertino-Tarrant’s district office at 15300 Rt. 59 Unit 201, Plainfield, IL or via e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Please contact Senator Bertino-Tarrant’s district office at 815-254-4211 with questions or for additional information.

Biss' patent troll crackdown signed into law

Published: Thursday, August 28, 2014 09:45 AM

Biss100SPRINGFIELD — Legislation State Senator Daniel Biss (D-Evanston) sponsored to crack down on "patent trolls" became law this week.

"Illinois businesses — particularly small businesses that aren't in a position to hire pricey legal representation and embark on lengthy court battles against harassing fraudsters — deserve the full protection of the law," Biss said. "The new penalties will put patent trolls on notice that Illinois isn't a fertile location for their scams."

The new law targets the practice of extorting money from businesses by threatening to sue them for fictitious violations of patents that may have expired or may not be owned by the "trolls" at all. Patent trolling is lucrative because many businesses, especially smaller companies that can't afford to hire legal representation, opt to pay the scammers rather than spending time and money fighting them in court.

Biss' measure prohibits misrepresenting one's self as the owner of a patent, seeking compensation on the basis of activities undertaken after a patent has expired, falsely claiming to have filed a patent lawsuit or using any written form of communication, including email, to falsely accuse a person or company of a patent violation with the intent of forcing a settlement. If found to be in violation of the law, patent trolls will be subject to civil penalties and/or forced to pay restitution.

Kotowski holds hearing on illegal crime guns

Published: Wednesday, August 27, 2014 03:57 PM

“We have to offer meaningful solutions and give our police the resources they need to get guns off the streets.” - State Senator Dan Kotowski

Gun Control HearingRCHICAGO – State Senator Dan Kotowski (D-Park Ridge) held a second subcommittee hearing on Wednesday to develop state-level solutions to the issue of illegal crime guns in Chicago and the rest of Illinois.

“I wanted to hear from the state police about what we can do to address illegal guns in Chicago," Kotowski said. “We have to offer meaningful solutions and give our police the resources they need to get guns off the streets and save lives.”

The subcommittee hearing featured testimony from the Illinois State Police and Cook County State’s Attorney’s office. Witnesses discussed public safety recommendations and securing necessary funding support to address gun trafficking statewide.

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