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Van Pelt’s measure removes a financial burden for ex-offenders

Sen. Patricia Van PeltSPRINGFIELD – Ex-offenders can now obtain their birth certificates at no charge thanks to a measure sponsored by Senator Patricia Van Pelt (D-Chicago).

“We should be doing everything possible to remove barriers to success and reduce recidivism for ex-offenders,” Van Pelt said. “Waiving the fee requirement for birth certificates for an individual who is released from a Department of Corrections facility removes a financial burden, giving ex-offenders a better chance at success.”

Senate Bill 1413 waives the fee for birth certificates for individuals when they are released from a Department of Corrections facility.

Manar, Gordon-Booth, Local Superintendents Speak Out Against Rauner’s Veto of School Funding Reform

Sen. Andy ManarPEORIA – State Sen. Andy Manar, D-Bunker Bill, and state Rep. Jehan Gordon-Booth, D-Peoria, joined local school superintendents and community leaders to discuss the devastating consequences that the governor’s veto of education funding reform would have on Peoria schools.

“The governor’s veto of an equitable education funding formula will result in local districts receiving less money, while also pitting students across the state against each other,” said state Rep. Jehan Gordon-Booth. “Rather than support the model that supports every Illinois student equitably, the governor is focused on playing political games and removing the protections that would guarantee funding for school districts such as Peoria.”

Hastings’ measure to streamline state purchasing process signed into law

Sen. Michael E. HastingsTINLEY PARK - Illinois now has a more efficient and transparent procurement process, thanks to a new bipartisan law championed by State Senator Michael E. Hastings (D-Tinley Park).

Senate Bill 8, a structural reform to the way state government purchases goods and services, was signed into law today after passing the House and Senate earlier this year with support from Hastings.

“Our local businesses are the heart of our economy,” Hastings said. “This new law will cut red tape and eliminate barriers to streamline the state procurement process. These changes will make it easier for Illinois businesses to bid on state contracts to help grow our economy and put our state back on track.”

Tom Cullerton works to eliminate red tape for Illinois’ businesses

Sen. Tom CullertonVILLA PARK - Illinois now has a streamlined process to improve the way state government entities purchase goods and services, thanks to Villa Park Democrat Tom Cullerton.

Cullerton’s bipartisan initiative, Senate Bill 8, is a reform aimed at taxpayer savings that was signed into law today.

“Eliminating red tape and streamlining the purchasing process will make it easier for local businesses to bid on state contracts,” Cullerton said. “Our local businesses are the heart of our economy. It’s our duty to make this process easier and more transparent to help encourage economic development in our communities.”