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Collins’ legislation ensures more families will receive life insurance benefits

collins 110817SPRINGFIELD – Rejecting a move that would have severely weakened the standing of grieving families in the face of misbehavior by insurance companies, the Illinois Senate voted to override Gov. Bruce Rauner’s veto of legislation by Senator Jacqueline Collins Wednesday.

The measure, House Bill 302, would further strengthen the Unclaimed Life Insurance Benefits Act by requiring insurance companies to search their records back to the year 2000 if they have electronically searchable files to determine if life insurance policyholders have died, and to take steps to get money to beneficiaries.

Lightford: Vetoed cursive writing proposal now law

lightford 040417SPRINGFIELD- Cursive handwriting will remain a subject in Illinois public schools thanks to the Senate’s action in overriding a veto of a measure that requires public elementary schools to offer at least one unit of instruction in the subject. 

Assistant Majority Leader Kimberly A. Lightford (D-Maywood) led the initiative, noting it promotes the practical and fundamental values cursive writing has in education.

“Cursive writing is a skill children will need throughout their lives,” Lightford said. “You cannot write a check, sign legal documents or even read our Constitution without an understanding of cursive writing.”

Collinsville, Godfrey receive state recognitions

haine 022817SPRINGFIELD—The Metro-East communities of Collinsville and Godfrey were recognized today as Governor’s Hometown Award winners.  Both cities were chosen from dozens of applications received from units of local governments across the state. State Senator Bill Haine (D-Alton) represents both areas.

“I have had the pleasure of representing Collinsville and Godfrey in the Illinois Senate for 15 years,” Haine said. “Both communities are made up of outstanding people that are dedicated to improving the lives of those around them. I offer them both my most sincere congratulations.”

Collinsville was selected for the award thanks to their Hometown Heroes project. For the last two years during Veteran’s and Memorial Day, banners were hung in Uptown Collinsville to recognize past and present members of the Armed Forces.

Godfrey was selected because of the Beverly Farm Foundation. Originally founded in 1897, the Beverly Farm Foundation is a 400-person community located in Godfrey that serves individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Both Collinsville and Godfrey were recognized by the Serve Illinois Commission at a ceremony at the Old State Capitol in Springfield.

Hastings champions new law to level playing field for small businesses

hastings 110817SPRINGFIELD – Figures reported by U.S. Public Interest Research Groups found the federal government lost over $150 billion in revenue in 2013 due to offshore corporate tax havens. 

State Senator Michael E. Hastings (D-Tinley Park) championed the override of the governor’s veto of House Bill 3419 to level the playing field among businesses that compete for state contracts and investments.