Text Size
Login
config

Mulroe: RHA protects the health, safety and autonomy of women

Sen. John MulroeSPRINGFIELD – State Senator John G. Mulroe issued the following statement as Gov. JB Pritzker signed into law the Reproductive Health Act (RHA):

“It’s wrong to say that the attacks on women’s health care in other states are ‘unprecedented,’ because there is an overwhelming amount of precedent when it comes to the suffering of women who are denied the most basic of rights over their own bodies. The RHA undoes long-overturned laws that read like dystopian fiction and ensures that a woman’s course of action in regard to her own health is her choice with her doctor’s guidance.

Sims: RHA is historic step that protects fundamental right to choose

Sen. Elgie R. Sims Jr.SPRINGFIELD—State Senator Elgie R. Sims, Jr. (D-Chicago) released the following statement after the Reproductive Health Act was signed into law Wednesday:

“The historic step we took today will protect women’s access to safe, legal reproductive health care for years to come. I am proud that we took a stand to ensure that the people of Illinois are able to make the very personal decision of whether or not to become a parent.

Bush measure guaranteeing right to reproductive health care signed into law

Reproductive Health Act bill signingSPRINGFIELD – The Reproductive Health Act, which repeals outdated abortion laws that have been blocked by the courts and ensures that reproductive health care is treated like all other health care and not as a crime, was signed into law by Gov. JB Pritzker this morning.

“The Reproductive Health Act sends a clear message that we trust women to make their own decisions,” said State Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake), chief sponsor of Senate Bill 25. “Women can now rest assured that regardless of what happens at the federal level, they will have access to comprehensive reproductive health care here in Illinois.”

Bertino-Tarrant acts to preserve five-hour school days in Illinois

05072019CM0083RSPLAINFIELD –Illinois’ five-hour classroom time will now ensure students receive a balanced education, thanks to the Senate’s Education Chair Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant.

Bertino-Tarrant’s measure, Senate Bill 28, reinstates a minimum of 5 hours of instruction per day in schools, allowing exemptions for students enrolled in dual career, supervised career development experiences and youth apprenticeships.

This section was repealed in the Evidence Based Funding for Student Success Act trailer bill, leaving each school district to determine what counts as an instructional day. The fix was signed into law on Friday

“Utilizing technology in our curriculum helps our children learn better,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “In the 21st century, we need to continue to look for ways to incorporate innovative teaching methods to guarantee our children are prepared to compete in the modern world. However, there needs to be clear and concise guidelines in place to ensure students are receiving the best possible educational opportunities.”

Schools that have received approval from Illinois State Board of Education may still utilize e-learning days to satisfy school day requirements.

Bertino-Tarrant is committed to working with ISBE, educators and advocates to create a streamlined process that will allow school districts to utilize e-learning, especially in cases when schools are forced to cancel days in the classroom.

“E-learning is a valuable tool,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “We just need to make sure there are clear standards in place to prevent abuse of the program.”

Senate Bill 28 passed the Senate and House with bipartisan support. The measure go into effect on July 1, 2019.

Photo of the Day

06022019CM0570POTD
Sign up for The Majority Report HERE
fair tax button
Majority Report Podcast
Find Your Legislator
Monthly Minute

Follow ILSenDems

Facebook Instagram Twitter YouTube

News Releases

IMAGE Mulroe: RHA protects the health, safety and autonomy of women
Wednesday, 12 June 2019
SPRINGFIELD – State Senator John G. Mulroe issued the following statement as Gov. JB Pritzker signed into law the Reproductive Health Act (RHA):...

Read More...
IMAGE Sims: RHA is historic step that protects fundamental right to choose
Wednesday, 12 June 2019
SPRINGFIELD—State Senator Elgie R. Sims, Jr. (D-Chicago) released the following statement after the Reproductive Health Act was signed into law...

Read More...
IMAGE Bertino-Tarrant acts to preserve five-hour school days in Illinois
Friday, 07 June 2019
PLAINFIELD –Illinois’ five-hour classroom time will now ensure students receive a balanced education, thanks to the Senate’s Education Chair...

Read More...
IMAGE Bertino-Tarrant fights workplace discrimination
Thursday, 06 June 2019
PLAINFIELD – Women across Illinois will soon have remedies to fight sexual harassment and discrimination in work places, thanks to a measure...

Read More...
IMAGE Holmes: new budget means stability and progress for Illinois
Thursday, 06 June 2019
SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Linda Holmes released the following statement after Gov. JB Pritzker put his signature on the bipartisan, balanced...

Read More...
Senate Schedule
General Assembly Bills & Resolutions
The Great Pension Debate