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McGuire selected to the sixth class of Edgar Fellows

Sen. Pat McGuireSPRINGFIELD –State Senator Pat McGuire released the following statement after he was chosen along with 39 other community leaders throughout the state to participate in the Edgar Fellows Program, a five-day executive leadership program:

“There is no better time in our state’s history to learn from leaders like Governor Edgar about statesmanship and our responsibility as legislators, community and business leaders to keep our state moving forward. I am humbled by this opportunity and excited to meet new people while engaging in discussions that will help me better serve my constituents.”

For more information on the program: https://igpa.uillinois.edu/page/edgar-fellows-program

Hunter measure guarding against cybersecurity breaches signed into law

keyboardSPRINGFIELD – In an effort to protect governmental information from phishing schemes and coordinated cyber-attacks legislation backed by State Senator Mattie Hunter (D- Chicago) was signed into law that will require state employees to take cyber-security training on an annual basis.

“Hacking experts are becoming more creative by identifying new ways to obstruct governmental information systems,” said Hunter. “Training our employees in cybersecurity is critical in reducing the risks of such sophisticated attacks.”

The initiative was modeled after a Florida law which was enacted to ensure that the state’s data and staff resources are maintained reliably and safely and are recoverable in the event of a disaster.

“This legislation will not only improve the accessibility of electronic information and information technology but will increase education, employment and access to governmental information and services,” said Hunter.

The security training attached to House Bill 2371 will include:
• Detecting phishing scams
• Preventing spyware infections
• Preventing identity thefts
• Preventing and responding to data breaches

The legislation becomes effective Jan. 1, 2018.

Collins’ measure to allow video visitation in Illinois prisons becomes law

Skype call“Isolating inmates from their loved ones tears the fabric of families and communities.”

SPRINGFIELD – Families will be able to speak with inmates of the Illinois prison system via video call under a new law sponsored by State Sen. Jacqueline Collins in the Illinois Senate. Gov. Bruce Rauner signed that legislation today.

“As technology improves, we can find ways of lessening the burden of incarceration on families. This allows the Illinois Department of Corrections to facilitate humane visitation rights for inmates while giving families a way of avoiding travel costs,” Collins said.

Jones measure designates Aug. 4 as ‘Barack Obama Day’

President Barack ObamaSPRINGFIELD –  Barack Obama may be celebrating his birthday outside the White House this year, but State Senator Emil Jones III (D-Chicago) wants to make sure the former president is not forgotten.

Jones passed legislation during the legislative session that designates Aug. 4 of each year as Barack Obama Day in Illinois.

“President Obama is a man who has inspired millions with his decades of dedicated public service,” Jones said. “He deserves to be honored for his continuous hard work for the people of our nation, our state and our communities.”

Obama worked as a community organizer on the south side of Chicago after graduating from Columbia University and was elected to the Illinois State Senate to represent the 13th District in 1996. As a state senator, he helped pass ethics reform, negotiated welfare reform and promoted increased subsidies for childcare.

The former president went on to be elected to represent Illinois in the United States Senate in 2004 before becoming the first African-American to be elected President of the United States in 2008.

Senate Bill 55 passed unanimously in both houses and Gov. Rauner signed it into law.