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Senator Donne E. Trotter to co-host community job fair - April 18, 2017

JOB FAIR april 2017If you are a job seeker looking to broaden your search, come out on April 18 and be part of a growing effort to promote community driven economic opportunities. Online job advertisements draw a wide assortment of candidates but may fail to attract people who are good for the position. Employers attend job fairs because they know it is the most effective way to meet potential candidates. Job fairs give potential applicants the ability to make a strong first impression. But with a resume in hand and face-to-face communication candidates are easier to spot out for employers.

By attending employers and job seekers alike have the opportunity to network and build long lasting connections. I believe community job fairs are also beneficial for stimulating economic growth in the community by providing more employment opportunities for local people. I hope to see you there.

Sincerely,
Senator Donne E. Trotter
17th District – Illinois

Raoul prioritizes treatment over sentencing for trauma victims

Sen. Kwame raoulSPRINGFIELD —  State Senator Kwame Raoul (D-Chicago 13th) introduced legislation last week that seeks to find treatment for trauma victims accused of gun offenses rather than imposing harsh sentences on them.

“The trauma caused by violence in many communities often goes untreated and can have a lasting impact on victims, sometimes leading them to commit crimes themselves,” Raoul said. “Diversion programs to treat the underlying trauma will have a much more positive impact on these individuals and their communities than incarceration will.”

Morrison passes plan to simplify property tax appeals

PropertyTaxBillSPRINGFIELD – For many homeowners or commercial property owners who appeal their property tax assessments, the complexity of the overall process can be daunting. 

State Senator Julie Morrison (D – Deerfield) passed a plan out of the Senate today that would streamline the appeals process and lower the often excessive wait times faced by many who file appeals.

“Rising property taxes continue to be one of the biggest concerns facing residents in my district,” Morrison said. “Instead of making appeals more burdensome and difficult to utilize, we must simplify the process and make it easy to navigate for homeowners.”

Senate Bill 609 would allow homeowners to combine multiple-year appeals of their property assessments within the same assessment period. Currently, homeowners must appeal an assessment every year. With long wait times at the Property Tax Appeal Board, many homeowners are forced to file each subsequent year’s appeal separately after they win the initial appeal.

Senate Bill 609 passed the Senate this afternoon without opposition and now heads to the Illinois House for further debate.

Manar, McCann urge governor to pivot on prison nurse outsourcing

Senator Andy ManarSPRINGFIELD – Bipartisan legislation that would allow 124 Illinois prison nurses to breathe a sigh of relief about their future landed on the governor’s desk today, and two central Illinois senators who sponsored the measure are urging him to rethink his position on privatizing prison jobs.

“There is no evidence that outsourcing these jobs, as Gov. Rauner proposed, will save money. You can’t just look at one side of the ledger and claim you’re driving a bargain for taxpayers,” said Senator Andy Manar, a Bunker Hill Democrat and a sponsor of Senate Bill 19, which would protect the jobs of 322 state employees who work for the Illinois Department of Corrections as nurses, medical technicians and mental health professionals.