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Steans: Call Trump’s action what it is – an affront to women

steans ppSPRINGFIELD – State Senator Heather Steans (D-Chicago) issued the following statement on President Trump signing legislation to allow states to withhold federal funds from organizations that offer abortion services:

Federal law prohibits taxpayer dollars from supporting abortion services. By allowing states to withhold federal funds from organizations like Planned Parenthood that offer abortion services, President Trump will allow states to defund preventative care for women. It’s time to call this action what it is: an affront to women.

Preventative women’s health services benefit everyone, not just women. Without the services offered by organizations like Planned Parenthood, many low-income and working class women may no longer receive cancer screenings, pregnancy care and testing for sexually transmitted infections. This would have a ripple effect through our communities.

This action reinforces the need to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment and ensure that women can no longer be discriminated on the basis of their sex. I will not be complicit to the Executive branch’s agenda. It’s time for Illinois to formally recognize that women have equal rights to men and bring our nation one step closer to ratifying the 28th Amendment.

Murphy to Trump: Hands off our health care

murphy 032917SPRINGFIELD – President Trump this week signed into law legislation to allow states to withhold family planning funds from women’s health care providers, such as Planned Parenthood.

Earlier this year, State Senator Laura Murphy (D-Des Plaines) joined with her colleagues in the Senate Public Health Committee to block legislation that would have made it more difficult for women to have access to health care from advancing. 

“These actions taken by President Trump are just another example of an attempt to strip away women’s access to health care,” Murphy said. “I remain committed to stopping President Trump and his extremist proposals that will set women’s health care decisions back decades.”

Martinez: American heroes should not be deported

martinez 050616CHICAGO — In response to a judge ordering that U.S. Army veteran Miguel Perez Jr., who served two tours of duty in Afghanistan, must be deported, Senate Majority Caucus Whip Iris Y. Martinez (D-Chicago) issued the following statement:

“Miguel Perez Jr. put his life on the line for the United States and should not be deported, which will separate him from his family and leave him without an adequate support system.

"Mr. Perez, like many of our returning soldiers, was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder. Here in Illinois and throughout the United States, we need to focus on strengthening employment, mental health and substance abuse programs to help veterans transition back into civilian life.

"We should be enormously grateful for the sacrifices members of the armed forces make on our behalf. Deporting American heroes is wrong. I urge Governor Rauner to approve Mr. Perez’s clemency request when it gets to his desk.”

Murphy, Manar work with Treasurer to return unclaimed property

icash walletSenators Laura Murphy, Des Plaines, and Andy Manar, Bunker Hill, are working with Illinois Treasurer Michael Frerichs to return thousands of dollars in unclaimed property to constituents through the treasurer’s I-Cash program.

By law, the state treasurer must safeguard unclaimed property until its rightful owner can be found. Currently, the Treasurer’s Office is holding approximately $2.7 billion in recovered cash and working with legislators to find its rightful owners.

“In my district, I have been able to unite people with lost money: $40,000, $316,000, $356,000 in three instances alone,” Murphy said.

As part of the I-Cash program, the Treasurer’s Office attempts to contact people who are owed unclaimed money and property. Frerichs said that it sounds odd, but giving people their money back is difficult because many people assume that the calls from the Treasurer’s Office are fraudulent. The treasurer works with Senators because they know their districts and are better equipped to contact individuals and businesses that are owed unclaimed property.