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  • ilbc amazonYesterday it was reported that an official letter was submitted to Amazon executives with an attached state and city bid signed by Gov. Bruce Rauner, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and the legislature’s top four leaders. Members of the Illinois Legislative Senate Black Caucus are cautiously optimistic about the potential of Amazon moving its second headquarters to Chicago. 

    Assistant Majority Leader Kimberly A. Lightford (D-Maywood), who also chairs the joint Illinois Legislative Black Caucus, delivered a clear message: “Job creation is a top priority for the caucus, specifically in our impoverished neighborhoods where unemployment rates soar due to lack of sustainable jobs.

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  • trotter 090717SPRINGFIELD— Following a press conference Assistant Majority Leader Donne Trotter (D-Chicago) held in Chicago Tuesday urging the governor to use the borrowing authority given to him through Senate Bill 42, the governor’s office announced today it plans to use the tool.

    “I’m glad to see the governor is taking the General Assembly’s lead and is using the bonding authority given to him that will help save taxpayers billions over the next 12 years,” Senator Trotter said.

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  • trotter 032017SPRINGFIELD – Legislation to expand the HIV testing of pregnant women was signed into law today.

    Sen. Donne Trotter, D-Chicago, is one of the sponsors of the legislation that amends the Perinatal HIV Prevention Act to expand HIV testing in at-risk pregnant women.

    “This is a necessary step forward to help prevent the spreading of disease, especially in some of our poorest communities. Testing pregnant mothers in the last trimester, instead of just in the first, will help lower the chance of transmission to babies,” Trotter said.

    House Bill 2800 adds third trimester HIV testing in addition to the current first trimester HIV testing.

    The legislation is effective immediately.

  • 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.

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    CHICAGO – Sen. Donne Trotter is among those who are demanding the governor release state money for completion of a college training center that is expected to prepare students for thousands of transportation-related jobs in the Chicago region.

    Construction on the $45 million Olive-Harvey Transportation Distribution and Logistics Center was halted in 2015 because of the state budget stalemate. Lawmakers included $15 million for the center in the state budget they approved in July. Weeks later, Gov. Bruce Rauner has not released that money.

    “This hold on the TDL Center is hurting the prospect of job growth in an area that desperately needs it,” said Sen. Trotter, a Chicago Democrat and vice chairman of a key Senate budget committee. “It’s time for Gov. Rauner to do what’s right to help train the people of Chicago.”

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  • trotter flier 071917CALUMET CITY – Sen. Donne Trotter, D-Chicago, is teaming up with other local leaders to help students get ready for the new school year.

    The Annual Back 2 School Health and Wellness Fair will be on Saturday, August 5, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

    Trotter, Rep. Elgie R. Sims, Jr., Rep. Marcus C. Evans, Jr. and Cook County Commissioner Stanley Moore will host the event at the Green Lake Forest Preserve at 1100 River Oaks Drive, Groves 3 and 4, in Calumet City, Illinois.

    Various medical services will be available, including vaccinations, health screenings and dental care.

    The Greater Chicago Food Depository is also expected to donate food. Last year they donated eight thousand pounds of produce.

    Backpacks filled with supplies will be given out to students while they last, and car seats will also be raffled off by the Illinois State Police. The child must be with the parent to participate.

    Attendees will be able to cool off at the aquatic center on site. A shred truck will also be available for personal use.

    The fair is free and open to the public. Lunch will be provided to everyone who attends.

    Please contact Trotter’s office at (773) 933-7715 for more information.

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  • bail reformToday, a new law passed by the Senate to base bail decisions on a defendant’s threat to public safety and flight risk rather than their ability to pay bail became law. The Bail Reform Act of 2017, sponsored by State Senator Donne Trotter (D-Chicago), was signed by the governor and goes into effect immediately.

    “Pretrial release must not focus on the defendants’ ability to pay,” said Trotter. “This new law allows the courts to look at the threat to the public safety or their risk of failure to appear.”

    Senate Bill 2034 grants a number of rights to defendants, including the right to a public defender or attorney at their bail hearing, the right to a new bail hearing, and that any bail set should be non-monetary and that the court should address the risk in the least restrictive way possible.

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  • trotter 052617SPRINGFIELD – Today, legislation intended to grant homeless youth the option of using transitional housing independent of their parental status has passed the Senate. State Senator Donne Trotter (D-Chicago) is sponsoring House Bill 3212, which allows homeless minors aged 16 to 18 to live in transitional housing without being partially emancipated by a court of law or entering into family reunification. It changes the Emancipation of Minors Act and is an initiative of the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless.

    “By providing homeless youth the opportunity to consent to living in transitional housing without parental permission, we grant them the opportunity to make conscious decisions about their future," Sen. Trotter said. "Youth in difficult situations may not be able to turn to their guardians for support and it is essential that we give them the necessary tools to find a safe place to live as they put their lives in order. Living without housing is difficult and we should do all in our power to lessen the housing changes faced by homeless youth; this legislation promotes that."

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  • trotter 051917SPRINGFIELD – Today, legislation meant to create a continuous fund for claims by people wrongfully imprisoned passed the Senate. Senate Bill 1993 is vital to keep up these court-ordered claim payments. It has been nearly three years since the Illinois Court of Claims stopped paying these claims because of the budget stalemate.

    The passing of this legislation through the Senate is only the first step in properly restoring court-ordered claims payments for those who have been unjustly sentenced to time behind bars. The budget impasse in Illinois has stopped the claim payments of 20 exonerated inmates owned a total of $3.4 million. Their suffering was caused by the failure of the justice system to properly dispense rulings, but if this bill passes the House we are one step closer to providing those exonerated with some closure and monetary compensation.  

    State Senator Donne Trotter (D-Chicago), the sponsor of the bill, has called the legislation an important step in providing equity for people unjustly held in the penal system that have won in court:

    “This is a critical piece of legislation that passed out of the Illinois Senate. It is our duty to ensure that those receiving claims for being unjustly incarcerated are compensated. These court-ordered claims can be used to rebuild their lives torn apart by convictions that never should have occurred. We need to be accountable to those that have been wronged by the penal system and found favorable claim rulings in a court of law. These court-ordered funds give relief to those who have been wrongly incarcerated in a timely manner. ”

    Senator Donne E. Trotter is a Chicago Democrat and leading advocate for justice reform.

  • trotter 051717SPRINGFIELD – Today, legislation intended to provide financial relief to providers and vendors who do business with the state passed the Senate. Senate Bill 4 enables the state to borrow $7 billion over a seven-year period through General Obligation Restructuring Bonds. The bonds will be put into the General Revenue Fund for costs incurred prior to July 1, 2017. 

    It also allows the Illinois Finance Authority to issue $250 million in State Pension Obligation Acceleration Bonds to help pay down pension debt the state has incurred.

  • HIV testingSPRINGFIELD – Yesterday, legislation intended to offer additional HIV testing for at risk pregnant woman in their third trimester passed an important Senate committee. House Bill 2800 equips pregnant women with the another opportunity to know their HIV status during the prenatal stage to make informed decisions that will benefit them and in return reduce the risk of spreading the disease.

    This crucial measure adds on to the Perinatal HIV Prevention Act by furthering efforts to provide vital information to pregnant at risk women. State Senator Donne Trotter (D-Chicago), answered the call to push for increased HIV testing opportunities among disadvantaged pregnant women to increase awareness:

    “This is a significant piece of legislation that passed out of the Public Health Committee. It is vital that we increase HIV testing for at-risk pregnant woman in their third trimester as opposed to only testing in the first trimester to prevent the spread of disease. Too often we see the need to do more good in improvised communities as far as HIV testing is concerned and we ignore it, but no more. By offering additional prenatal testing, we decrease the chance of transmission to the infant.”

  • Sen. Donne TrotterSPRINGFIELD – Today, legislation meant to create a continuous fund for claims by people wrongfully imprisoned passed a key Senate budget committee. The Illinois Court of Claims stopped paying these claims nearly three years ago as a result of the budget stalemate. Senate Bill 1993 is necessary to keep up with claims payments.

    The budget stalemate in Illinois has prevented the claim payments of 20 exonerated former inmates owed a total of $3.4 million. Illinois owes a debt to people unjustly incarcerated, and the claim they receive will help them rebuild their lives.

  • trotter 032017SPRINGFIELD – To end a system that punishes the poor, State Senator Donne Trotter is sponsoring a proposal that eliminates the state’s antiquated monetary bond process.

    “Rather than providing all persons arrested an equitable opportunity to leave custody, it is only afforded to those who can pay the bond,” said Trotter, D-Chicago. “This antiquated bond process only increases the likelihood of low-income people being arrested for petty crimes and enduring harsher conditions than people from affluent backgrounds who commit the same crime. These trends of partiality toward people with wealth are prevalent in the justice system.”

    The budget impasse has created a greater need for cost saving measures in Illinois. One area in great need of reform, said Trotter, is the prison system. The state squanders valuable resources on the holding of low risk offenders if they are unable to make bond.

    The legislation is Senate Bill 552 which is in the Senate Criminal Law committee. An identical bill, House Bill 3717, has a hearing on Tuesday in the House Judiciary-Criminal Committee. These two pieces of legislature are critical in the fight against inequity in the justice system that hurts minorities and poorer families.

    Senator Donne E. Trotter is a Chicago Democrat and leading advocate for justice reform.