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Cunningham named president pro tempore of Illinois Senate

Published: Thursday, January 30, 2020 12:20 PM

Senator CunninghamSPRINGFIELD – State Senator Bill Cunningham was named president pro tempore of the Illinois State Senate Tuesday by Senate President Don Harmon.

“I’m honored to have the opportunity to continuing serving in the Illinois Senate as a part of President Harmon’s leadership team,” said Cunningham, a Democrat who represents portions of Chicago and the southwest suburbs. “This is an exciting new role for me and I look forward to the new challenges it brings.”

As Senate president pro tempore, Cunningham will serve as a trusted advisor to the Senate President and a senior member of his leadership team.

Martinez commends governor’s plans prioritizing families, diversity

Published: Thursday, January 30, 2020 12:12 PM

Senator MartinezSPRINGFIELD – Pleased by the governor’s commitment to continue progress for a more equal, fair state benefitting all Illinois residents in his State of the State address to lawmakers Wednesday, State Senator Iris Y. Martinez (D-Chicago) released the following statement:

“Our state is back on track toward financial responsibility, while taking the needs of minorities into consideration. I believe we’re progressing to a state government that works for everyone.

I also share a passion with his administration to continue investing in the care and education our children need to succeed making Illinois the best state to raise our young ones. I commend the governor’s sincerity and look forward to what we can accomplish this legislative session.”

Crowe selected as first woman in state history to chair Senate Judiciary Committee

Published: Thursday, January 30, 2020 12:07 PM

Senator CroweSPRINGFIELD – Bringing a fresh perspective and extensive courtroom experience to a new challenge, State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) has been appointed to Chair of the Illinois Senate Judiciary Committee, the first woman in state history.

“I am elated to be chosen as the first woman to lead the chamber in this coveted position,” Crowe said. “I’m excited to get started improving fairness and accountability in the Illinois court system for all people and children in our state.”

Crowe previously served as vice-chairperson of the Judiciary Committee under former State Senator John Mulroe (D-Chicago).

“Senator Mulroe mentored me through committee meetings and my first year in office,” Crowe said. “I thank him for his guidance and preparing me to serve Illinois residents effectively in this new role.”

Crowe got her start in law as a prosecutor in the Violent Crimes Unit at the Madison County State’s Attorney’s office before being elected to the Senate in 2018.

Bertino-Tarrant applauds plans to invest in Illinois’ education system

Published: Thursday, January 30, 2020 11:56 AM

Senator Bertino-TarrantSPRINGFIELD – State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) was thrilled to hear Gov. JB Pritzker’s plans to increase investments in the state’s education system during the State of the State address on Wednesday.

“The most important investment we can make is in our children’s education,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “Increasing investments in child care and early childhood education will ensure that we are providing the best resources to help train the future leaders of our great state.”

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