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Link: Lake County voters should have say on countywide elected board chairman

Sen. Terry LinkSPRINGFIELD – A plan to give Lake County voters the say in who runs their county’s $500 million operation was vetoed today by Governor Rauner.
 
The plan, Senate Bill 669, would have allowed for voters to have a referendum in 2018 to determine if their county board chairman should be elected countywide. Currently, the chairman is selected amongst the board members themselves.
 
“The voters should have a say on how they want to elect their county board chairman,” State Senator Terry Link (D-Vernon Hills) said. “I am disappointed the governor would veto a plan that gives the voters a chance to have more control in who runs their county government.”

Hastings’ law to streamline credit transfers for veterans signed into law today

Sen. Michael E. HastingsTINLEY PARK - One of the biggest challenges returning servicemen and women face is figuring out how military training credits transfer to college credit.  

To tackle this hurdle, State Senator Michael E. Hastings’ measure House Bill 3701, to direct Illinois higher education institutions to establish a policy for awarding academic course credit for military training, was signed into law today.

“Illinois’ veterans have valuable on-site educational experience,” Hastings said. “It’s our duty and honor to ensure returning veterans receive credit for the life and academic skills they learned while serving our nation.”

Trotter’s plan to help homeless youth to become law

Sen. Donne TrotterSPRINGFIELD – Legislation to provide homeless youth with the option of using transitional housing without the permission of their parents or guardians was signed by the Governor today.

Sen. Donne Trotter, D-Chicago, is the Senate sponsor of House Bill 3212 that changes the Emancipation of Minors Act by allowing homeless youth between the age of 16 and 18 to live in transitional housing without being partially emancipated or getting consent.

“This legislation will help kids, who already have so much to worry about, independently decide where they want to live, potentially leading to a brighter future,” Trotter said.

Cunningham pushes law to curb squatters

Sen. Bill CunninghamSPRINGFIELD — Local communities will soon have new protections to stop squatters from legally taking possession of abandoned homes or businesses thanks to a measure signed into law this week.

The new law, sponsored by State Senator Bill Cunningham, was introduced when a squatter attempted to take control of an abandoned building in Beverly by utilizing a loophole in an obscure housing law.

"An individual moved into an abandoned storefront on a commercial street and attempted to claim ownership of the property under a law designed to improve dilapidated housing," Cunningham said. "If alert neighbors hadn't called the police, the scheme might have succeeded in civil court."