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Asian-American leaders seek to strengthen, unify their voice

Published: Thursday, January 10, 2019 12:51 PM

villivalam presser 010919 SPRINGFIELD – Asian-American leaders statewide today announced plans to unify their voices and advance issues that are vital to Asian-American communities throughout Illinois.

The leaders, including state legislators and local government officials, formed the Joint Asian-American Leaders Caucus

“Ten years ago, there were no Asian Americans elected to major political offices in Illinois. Today, there are dozens, from the U.S. Senate to local municipal offices throughout the state,” said caucus chair Josina Morita. In 2016, she became the first Asian American elected to a countywide board in Illinois.

Senator Fine Inaugurated

Published: Thursday, January 10, 2019 09:04 AM

inaugurationGLENVIEW – State Senator Laura Fine (D – Glenview) was inaugurated into the Illinois State Senate Wednesday.

“I’m looking forward to getting started in the Senate,” Fine said. “I know from my experience in the House that there’s a lot of tough work involved in being an effective legislator, but I know that I’m capable of doing the job. I am honored to represent the concerns and interests of the residents of the 9th District. ”

Fine was inaugurated with her family by her side along with several other new members of the Senate.

Glowiak sworn in as new state senator in the 24th District

Published: Wednesday, January 09, 2019 03:05 PM

Glowiak smprofileSPRINGFIELD— State Senator Suzanne “Suzy” Glowiak (D-Western Springs), an engineer by trade, was sworn in on Wednesday to represent the 24th State Senate District. 

“I look forward to working in a bipartisan manner to promote compromise and collaboration and to find meaningful solutions to lower property tax bills, ensure our schools and universities have the resources to be successful and keep our children safe,” Glowiak said.

Glowiak is an engineering consultant for CED Technologies and served as a Western Springs trustee from 2009 to 2017.

Her skills on the job will provide a new outlook and approach to tackling the state’s problems.

Glowiak has refused to accept a pension from the state general assembly pension system. She is committed to passing a balanced budget each year and properly funding Illinois’ pension system.

She firmly believes that legislators should not be paid unless the state has enacted a balanced budget.

“I’m here to be a voice for the people of the 24th District,” Glowiak said. “I’m grateful for this opportunity to serve and represent the residents of our communities.”

The district includes all or parts of Darien, Elmhurst, Oakbrook Terrace, Wheaton, Clarendon Hills, Downers Grove, Glen Ellyn, Hinsdale, Lisle, Lombard, Oak Brook, Villa Park, Western Springs, Westmont and Willowbrook.

Rachelle Crowe sworn in as Illinois state senator

Published: Wednesday, January 09, 2019 02:49 PM

Crowe smSPRINGFIELD – Rachelle Crowe was sworn in today as the state senator for the 56th District, filling the seat previously held by longtime state senator, Bill Haine. 

Crowe, a Democrat from Glen Carbon was elected to serve in the General Assembly in November. Previously, she worked as an assistant state’s attorney in Madison County, where she prosecuted dangerous criminals in the Violent Crimes Division.

“It’s an incredible honor to serve the communities I have lived in nearly my entire life,” Crowe said. “I look forward to confronting the problems facing our area by fighting for funding for education and workforce development programs and tackling the opioid epidemic sweeping our communities.” 

Crowe’s district office will be at 111 N. Wood River Ave., in her childhood hometown of Wood River.

Further contact information for Sen. Crowe’s office will be available shortly.

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