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Senate approves Holmes’ measure to require election of Fox Metro Water Reclamation trustees

holmes 032119SPRINGFIELD – A measure to require the election of trustees for the Fox Metro Water Reclamation District has been passed by State Senator Linda Holmes (D-Aurora). Senate Bill 100 requires the trustees be elected rather than appointed. The bill was vetoed in August 2018 and came back to and was approved in the Senate Wednesday.

“This public body should be elected rather than appointed to best represent the citizens of our communities,” Holmes said. “Trustee candidates would go on the ballot during consolidated elections if this bill becomes law. It represents government reform that will better serve water quality needs in the future for people in the Fox River Valley.”

The Water Reclamation District was created in the late 1920s and today serves nearly 300,000 residents in Aurora, North Aurora, Boulder Hill, Montgomery, Oswego, Sugar Grove and portions of Yorkville and Batavia, according to the Board’s website.

Senate Bill 100 provides that trustees will be elected at consolidated elections, rather than appointed by members of the General Assembly, beginning with the 2021 consolidated election. Trustees will be elected to staggered 4-year terms. The Board will continue to have 5 total members. Current members of the Board can continue to serve until their terms expire, at which time an elected trustee will take their place on the Board.

Approved by the Senate, the measure now moves to the House for consideration.

Morrison, Belt measure would incentivize organ donation

morrison belt 032019SPRINGFIELD – A tax credit introduced by State Senator Julie Morrison (D-Deerfield) and State Senator Christopher Belt (D-Cahokia) that would incentivize businesses which offer paid leave of absences to their employees for donating an organ or bone marrow passed the Senate Revenue Committee this afternoon.

“Last year, 3,402 Illinois residents were candidates for a kidney transplant. By the end of the year, however, only 798 people actually received a transplant. That represents less than a quarter of patients who are on the organ donation waiting list,” Morrison said.

Lt. Gov. Stratton advocates on behalf of Aquino voting rights bill

Lt. Gov. Stratton and Senator AquinoSPRINGFIELD – Lt. Gov. Juliana Stratton testified in the Senate Executive Committee hearing today in favor of a bill introduced by State Senator Omar Aquino (D-Chicago) that would provide expanded voting opportunities to incarcerated individuals.

“In my role as Lieutenant Governor and leading the Justice Equity and Opportunity initiative, I’m here to express my strong support for Senate Bill 2090,” said Stratton. “For in this instance, real justice can only come about when we remove barriers so that people who are eligible to vote are provided a real opportunity to do so.”

Villivalam moves to crack down on assault and harassment against hotel and casino employees

hotelworker 032019SPRINGFIELD – Legislation to improve the safety of hotel and casino employees passed the Senate Labor Committee today.

“I’m proud that the first piece of legislation I filed in Springfield proactively ensures that workers at hotels and casinos are protected against sexual assault and sexual harassment,” Senator Villivalam (D-Chicago) said. “One of my top legislative priorities is furthering protections for working people in Illinois, and this bill protect some of the hardest working people in the hospitality industries.”

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