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  • Sen. Suzy Glowiak HiltonOAKBROOK TERRACE—Illinois Alzheimer’s caregivers and patients will now have an advocate within the Illinois Department of Public Health to oversee the state’s Alzheimer’s efforts, thanks to State Senator Suzy Glowiak Hilton.

    Glowiak Hilton’s measure, Senate Bill 1726, which creates the position of Dementia Coordinator in the Department of Public Health to oversee the implementation of the Illinois Alzheimer's Disease State Plan, was signed into law on Monday.

    “As someone who cared for a husband and mother with Alzheimer’s disease, I know how impossible it can seem,” Glowiak Hilton said. “Under the leadership of a statewide Dementia Coordinator, those living and caring for those with Alzheimer’s will have an advocate to fight for state policies that will improve their level of care.”

  • Sen. Suzy Glowiak HiltonOAKBROOK TERRACE – Illinois now has a new law in place to help some of the people who have the most power to fight one of the fastest-growing criminal activities in the world: Hospitality workers.

    Glowiak Hilton (D-Western Springs) championed House Bill 3101, which would require hotels and motels to train employees to recognize the signs of human trafficking and know what to do when reporting it to authorities. It was signed into law on Friday.

    “This new law will arm hospitality workers with the tools to spot and report human trafficking,” Glowiak Hilton said. “Just like we have discovered that teachers or hairdressers can be the ones who most readily spot the telltale signs of domestic violence, we’re learning that hotel employees might be the ones who spot human trafficking. This new training will give hospitality workers the knowledge and build the confidence to be able to identify signs of human trafficking and act quickly to do the right thing.”

  • Sen. GlowiakSPRINGFIELD – One of the fastest-growing criminal activities in the world remains largely invisible, but that could change as State Senator Suzy Glowiak works to provide hospitality workers with the tools to spot and report on human trafficking.

    Glowiak (D-Western Springs) passed House Bill 3101 on Tuesday, which would require hotels and motels to train employees to recognize the signs of human trafficking and know what to do when reporting it to authorities.

    “Just as we’ve discovered that teachers or hairdressers can be the ones who most readily spot the telltale signs of domestic violence, we’re learning that hotel employees might be the ones who spot human trafficking,” Glowiak said. “We all are taught to step up when we see wrongdoing, and this training will give hospitality workers the knowledge and build the confidence to be able to identify signs of human trafficking and act quickly to do the right thing.”

  • sneakers 050119Wednesday, May 1 was Suits and Sneakers Day at the Capitol. We wear sneakers to help raise awareness and encourage people to educate themselves about cancer prevention, screening and early detection.

    Suits and Sneakers Day originated as a campaign of Coaches vs. Cancer and the American Cancer Society, when basketball coaches nationwide wear sneakers with their suits to raise funds, awareness, and help save lives from cancer.

    Learn more about this effort here.

  • Cyber crimeSPRINGFIELD – Companies would need to notify Illinois consumers of cybersecurity breaches and compromised personal data sooner under a plan by State Senator Suzy Glowiak.

    Glowiak (D-Western Springs) passed Senate Bill 1624 this month, which would require companies that hold Illinois residents’ personal information to report data breaches which affect more than 500 Illinois residents to the Attorney General as soon as possible.

    “Every day, we all go online to do all sorts of tasks, from paying our electricity bill to buying groceries,” Glowiak said. “We should have the peace of mind that comes with knowing our sensitive information is safe, but in the unfortunate event that a company experiences a security breach, Illinois residents should be notified in a timely manner.”

  • Senator GlowiakSPRINGFIELD – Native Americans in Illinois will soon have a stronger voice in state government under a measure sponsored by State Senator Suzy Glowiak.

    Glowiak (D-Western Springs) passed Senate Bill 727, which creates the Native American Advisory Council to increase the number of Native American state employees, on Thursday.

    “The State of Illinois encompasses land that generations ago was the ancestral home of American Indians,” Glowiak said. “The Native American population of Illinois should have a seat at the table. This is about ensuring Illinois government reflects all Illinoisans.”

  • glowiak 041119SPRINGFIELD – To advocate for Illinois Alzheimer’s patients, State Senator Suzy Glowiak (D-Western Springs) passed a measure to create a specialized position within the Illinois Department of Public Health to oversee the state’s Alzheimer’s efforts.

    “I know as someone who cared for a husband and mother with Alzheimer’s disease, it can be stressful,” Glowiak said. “We need to ensure that caregivers have someone fighting to help them provide their loved ones with the best possible care.”

  • glowiak 021419WESTERN SPRINGS – Illinois will join other states in raising the smoking age to 21 after the governor signed legislation supported by State Senator Suzy Glowiak on Sunday.

    Glowiak (D-Western Springs) advocated for the passage of “Tobacco 21” (House Bill 345), which raises the legal smoking age from 18 to 21, prohibiting the purchase of alternative nicotine products, electronic cigarettes and tobacco products by individuals under the age of 21.

    “The health risks of smoking are well known, but young adults still have access to tobacco products,” Glowiak said. “This new law will help stop this dangerous addiction at an early age. It is absolutely imperative that we take every necessary step to help save lives.”

    Glowiak cited studies that found 90 percent of all adult smokers started when they were kids.

    In Illinois, 34 jurisdictions have raised the age, including Chicago, Highland Park, Buffalo Grove, Evanston and Peoria.

    A key benefit to raising the age is documented decreases in the number of high schoolers who smoke. In Chicago, authorities recorded a drop from 13.6 percent in 2011 to 6 percent in 2017. Raising the age was cited as a key component of the decrease.

    According to the Department of Health and Human Services it is estimated that each day approximately 2,100 youth and young adults who are occasional smokers become daily smokers.

    “Stopping the cycle of addiction will protect our young adults from the numerous early and long-term negative effects of smoking such as early health disease, reductions in lung function, and growth and respiratory problems,” Glowiak said. “Raising the age is a proven method to reduce smoking rates among our teens who can be easily addicted to the negative effects of nicotine and are susceptible to beginning a deadly lifelong dependency.”

    This measure was supported by the DuPage County Health Department, American Lung Association in Illinois, American Cancer Society and American Heart Association along with many others.

    On Sunday, Illinois become the first Midwest state to adopt Tobacco 21, joining states such as California, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Oregon, Hawaii and Maine. The new law goes into effect July 1, 2019.

  • glowiak 040419SPRINGFIELD – Companies would need to notify Illinois consumers of cybersecurity breaches and compromised personal data sooner, thanks to State Senator Suzy Glowiak.

    Glowiak (D-Western Springs) advanced Senate Bill 1624, which would require companies that hold Illinois residents’ personal information to report data breaches which affect more than 500 Illinois residents to the Attorney General as soon as possible.

  • glowiak 040119WILLOWBROOK – A study released Friday by the Illinois Department of Public Health has shown that some types of cancer were elevated for people living in the immediate area of the Sterigenics Plant in Willowbrook.

    The study reinforced local residents’ and elected officials’ concerns, including State Senator Suzy Glowiak (D-Western Springs).

    “These alarming statistics reinforce our concerns about Sterigenics being located in a densely populated area,” Glowiak said. “We cannot risk reopening this facility and putting more people living in the area at risk.”

    Glowiak said she is urging legislators to work in a bipartisan manner to stand up for residents’ health and safety.

    The study specifically showed that more cases of breast cancer and Hodgkin's lymphoma were found in women and there were more cases of lymphoma in children that are living near Sterigenics.

    “The residents of Willowbrook have been courageous advocates in the fight to protect all of us in DuPage County,” Glowiak said. “I would like to thank them for their dedication to safeguarding our neighborhoods for generations to come.”

    Glowiak is working with State Senator John Curran (R-Downers Grove) in fighting to safeguard communities across DuPage County from this public health hazard.

    The Willowbrook Cancer Incidence Assessment can be found on the IDPH at http://www.dph.illinois.gov/sites/default/files/publications/sterigenicswillowbrookcancer-investigation-final.pdf , along with Frequently Asked Questions http://www.dph.illinois.gov/sites/default/files/publications/faq-sterigencis.pdf .

  • glowiak 022819OAKBROOK TERRACE – To clarify the numerous property tax reform initiatives introduced this legislative session, State Senator Suzy Glowiak (D-Western Springs) is urging local residents to use available resources to educate themselves on proposals working through the Senate this spring.

    “When I talk to residents, their top concern remains high property tax bills,” Glowiak said. “It is vital for residents to know what legislative measures are being considered in Springfield to help their legislators represent their interests.”

    Suburban property taxes tend to be high to ensure schools are properly funded. The state has adjusted that model to more fairly direct funding toward schools, which Glowiak believes should result in lower property taxes. In the upcoming April municipal elections, 18 suburban school districts will empower voters to decide the fate of property taxes for the schools through referendums.

    “The state funding schools properly should result in property tax savings in Illinois,” Glowiak said. “I’m interested in seeing what local residents decide.”

    There are exemptions available for seniors and veterans, but reapplying every year can be burdensome.

    “There are new measures that if passed would cut redundant bureaucratic hurdles our seniors and veterans need to repeat every year,” Glowiak said. “We need to continue to look for ways to cut bureaucratic red tape to streamline the process to allow residents to see savings without inessential paperwork.”

    There measures introduced in the Senate include:

    Senate Bill 39 creates a homestead exemption for police officers and firefighters who suffered severe injuries like permanent paralysis or amputation in the line of duty.

    Senate Bill 1199 provides that a veteran who is considered "permanently and totally disabled" by the Department of Veterans' Affairs is not required to reapply annually to receive a Disabled Veterans Standard Homestead Exemption.

    Senate Bill 1257 eliminates the need for senior citizens to reapply for an exemption once the assessor or chief county assessment officers grants a Senior Citizens Homestead Exemption.

    Senate Bill 1348 allows a newly remodeled house or duplex in an area of urban decay within a municipality to exempt owners from the property taxes attributed to the improvements.

    Senate Bill 1689 increases the maximum income restriction for the Senior Citizens Assessment Freeze Homestead Exemption to $75,000 beginning in taxable year 2019 in Cook County and, in taxable year 2020, statewide.

  • Glowiak hosts first successful town hall meetingLISLE – Freshman Senator Suzy Glowiak held her first bipartisan town hall meeting on Saturday at the Lisle Village Hall, fielding a variety of questions that impact the 24th State Senate District.

    Glowiak (D-Western Springs) partnered with legislators representing Lisle to answer questions from a room full of local residents on topics including property tax relief, solving the state’s pension crisis, environmental concerns and fair legislative map redistricting.

    “Open forums like this bring people with diverse perspectives together to share input on vital issues that impact our community,” Glowiak said. “I’m honored to serve a district with such active residents that want to work together to make our neighborhoods even better.”

    Glowiak was joined by a bipartisan group of legislators that included State Senators John Curran and Laura Ellman and State Representatives Terra Costa Howard and Anne Stava-Murray.

    “Government works best when elected officials are in constant communication with constituents,” Glowiak said.

    Glowiak urges local residents to stay up-to-date with news in Springfield and the district by signing up for her e-newsletter at www.SenatorSuzyGlowiak.com. She looks forward to hosting additional community events in the coming weeks. 

    PHOTO: State Senator Suzy Glowiak (D-Western Springs) held her first bipartisan town hall meeting on Saturday at the Lisle Village Hall with a bipartisan group of legislators. Left to Right: State Senator Laura Ellman (D-Naperville), State Senator Suzy Glowiak (D-Western Springs), State Representative Terra Costa Howard (D-Glen Ellyn), State Senator John Curran (R-Downers Grove) and State Representative Anne Stava-Murray (D-Naperville).

  • glowiak 021419SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Suzy Glowiak (D-Western Springs) is supporting the fight for fair maps in Illinois.

    Glowiak signed on as a sponsor of Senate Joint Resolution Constitutional Amendment 4, which removes the General Assembly and governor from the redistricting process and requires legislative maps to be drawn by an independent, 16-member Commission.

    “This measure promotes a just and transparent process to ensure the people of Illinois have a voice in the manner legislative maps are established,” Glowiak said. “Removing politicians from the process will put a stop to gerrymandering in our great state.”

  • Glowiak smprofileSPRINGFIELD— State Senator Suzanne “Suzy” Glowiak (D-Western Springs), an engineer by trade, was sworn in on Wednesday to represent the 24th State Senate District. 

    “I look forward to working in a bipartisan manner to promote compromise and collaboration and to find meaningful solutions to lower property tax bills, ensure our schools and universities have the resources to be successful and keep our children safe,” Glowiak said.

    Glowiak is an engineering consultant for CED Technologies and served as a Western Springs trustee from 2009 to 2017.

    Her skills on the job will provide a new outlook and approach to tackling the state’s problems.

    Glowiak has refused to accept a pension from the state general assembly pension system. She is committed to passing a balanced budget each year and properly funding Illinois’ pension system.

    She firmly believes that legislators should not be paid unless the state has enacted a balanced budget.

    “I’m here to be a voice for the people of the 24th District,” Glowiak said. “I’m grateful for this opportunity to serve and represent the residents of our communities.”

    The district includes all or parts of Darien, Elmhurst, Oakbrook Terrace, Wheaton, Clarendon Hills, Downers Grove, Glen Ellyn, Hinsdale, Lisle, Lombard, Oak Brook, Villa Park, Western Springs, Westmont and Willowbrook.