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  • trotter 021517This is the third year that Illinois has gone without a budget proposal. People are suffering and going without the resources they so desperately need because those in power are not willing to compromise for the greater good. Yesterday, the governor had the opportunity to restore the faith of investors and residents by providing a decisive plan for a balanced budget, but this was not the route he took.

    In the budget address, the governor uttered a few phrases from Lincoln’s remarks to Congress on December 1, 1862: "The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise — with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew, and act anew." But he left out the end of the phrase, and dare I say the most important part: We must disenthrall ourselves, and then we shall save our country. The word “disenthrall” means to free from bondage and or liberate. Lincoln spoke of the United States freeing itself from the dogmas of the antiquated past, which required the relinquishing of slavery. A month after this speech, Lincoln made history by signing the Emancipation Proclamation. So it is not farfetched to believe that Lincoln would encourage us to liberate ourselves from the contention of the past and moved forward in an effort to save the state.

    Prior to taking political office,  a 45-year-old Lincoln had this to say on July, 1 1854: “The legitimate object of government is to do for a community of people whatever they need to have done, but cannot do at all, or cannot so well do, for themselves, in their separate and individual capacities.”

    Rauner has a choice: he can either be the change he wants to see or continue the dismantling of the state he calls home. But one thing is for certain, something must be done to alleviate the devastation felt by poor communities all over Illinois as the financial burden is not equally distributed. It is felt most keenly by fiscally strapped neighborhoods that rely on social services many would deem vital. In order to provide basic services to the people who need it most, localities need funding.

    Even before Lincoln’s entrance into the political arena, he was well aware of the role that government plays in the lives of its citizens. When government runs efficiently, it maintains legitimacy, and when it fails to do so it is delegitimized. The government is supposed to meet the needs of the people as opposed to its own self-interest. This has not been the case in Illinois for the last three years. We can do better and we should. No one man is bigger than the constituents he serves. First, Lincoln recognized the need for change, and then he pursued it. Rather than shaking things up for the sake of shaking things up, he altered things in order to provide a richer form of equity to all those embroiled in the vestiges of slavery.

    History is being made and it is up to every one of us to determine how we want to be remembered. As senator of District 17, I pledge to do everything within my power to ensure that my constituents are not left in the cold by the lack of budget. I will continue to fight for the needs of all those who rely on the state to fulfill its promise.

  • Black History Month 2017 - The Crisis in Black EducationSenators comment on this year's Black History Month theme, “The Crisis in Black Education.”

    Over the years the crisis in black education has grown significantly. In urban neighborhoods, public schooling systems lack resources and have overcrowded classrooms, which result to students of color reaping the disproportionate shortfalls of the racial achievement gap.

    In the past, whether by laws, policies, or practices, racially separated schools remained the norm in America. Because of that, black students today are underperforming and are not advancing like their white counterparts.

    This year’s national theme, The Crisis in Black Education, focuses on the evolution of black education and its meaning as it empowers students to grow, achieve and prosper.

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  • trotter leadSPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Senate passed legislation today meant to address the issue of lead contamination in drinking water and other water supplies. The legislation, Senate Bill 550, would require elementary schools built before the year 2000 and licensed day cares to test drinking water and water used for cooking.

    State Senator Donne Trotter (D-Chicago) was one of the bill’s chief co-sponsors.

    “If we don’t address this issue in schools now, we are going to continue to see huge disparities in education,” Trotter said. “Older schools in heavy low-income and minority areas are much more likely to be affected, leading to developmental delays, learning disabilities and many other significant health problems. That is why lead testing is so important.”

    The legislation now goes to the governor’s desk.

  • Legislation protecting tenants from lead poisoning set to take effectCHICAGO – Legislation preventing the leasing of properties with high levels of lead in building materials and paint is set to take effect this January.

    According to the U.S. Environment Protection Agency, older buildings built before 1978 have a higher chance of containing lead-based paint.

    Senate Bill 2300 seeks to address this issue by requiring landlords to address lead concerns before entering into any new leases.

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  • Prohibition against selling lead-contaminated properties signed into law

    SPRINGFIELD – Sen. Donne Trotter (D-Chicago) took an important step toward preventing Illinoisans from lead contamination by passing a measure, signed Friday, that will prevent the resale and sale of properties with high lead levels.

    Senate Bill 2300 aims to protect children from lead exposure, which research shows negatively impacts children in classrooms and is cited as one of the causes of violence and aggression among youth. Currently, it is legal to sell and resell contaminated properties without warning owners and tenants of the hazardous effects.

    "Illinois cannot afford to wait for lead poisoning to become a statewide epidemic before it takes action," said Trotter, who serves as Assistant Majority Leader in the Senate. “Far too many families are affected with lead toxins in their homes and it is our job to protect them and their children.”

    Majority Caucus Whip and member of the Senate's Public Health Committee Senator Mattie Hunter (D-Chicago) also sponsored the legislation.

    "Children in every neighborhood should have access to clean water and lead free homes,” Hunter said. “Unfortunately, low-income and minority communities are disproportionately affected by the side effects of lead poisoning. Families are living in homes where properties still have lead pipes that can cause brain damage for residents.”

    Another notable member supporting the bill in committee was State Senator Jacqueline Y. Collins (D-Chicago).

    “We must learn our lesson from the tragedy of Flint, Michigan, and work quickly and proactively to guard our youth against this preventable poison,” Collins said. “This law will empower renters and homeowners to protect their families.”

    Furthermore, the bill will prevent the lease, sale, or renewal of properties with high levels of lead in building materials and paint.

  • 2016 Trotter back to school eventCHICAGO – Students, families and residents can receive free school supplies, health screenings and food at State Senator Donne Trotter’s Back 2 School Health & Wellness Festival on July 30 at South Central Community Services, 1021 E 83rd St.

    The annual event will include free health screenings for blood pressure, diabetes, HIV, cholesterol and mammogram referrals from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and a festival from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for local residents.

    “This is an opportunity for parents to prepare students for school without breaking the bank,” said Sen. Trotter (D-Chicago). “Affording expensive school supplies and immunizations can cause a financial strain for families. Residents can come out to receive free services while having fun.”

    Walgreens, Walmart, Target, The Greater Chicago Food Depository, Lakeside Community Committee and more sponsors will have tables at the event. Trotter is joining State Representatives Marcus Evans, Elgie Sims and Cook County Commissioner Stanley Moore to make this event possible.

    Residents must bring current shot records to receive immunizations. Information for dental, vision and senior services will also be available.

    Event details:

    What:              2016 Back 2 School Health & Wellness Festival

    Where:            South Central Community Services, Inc., 1021 E. 83rd St., Chicago

    When:             Saturday, July 30

    Time:             10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for health screenings

                          11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for festival

  • Senator Donne E. Trotter (D-Chicago) speaks to SB2047, a negotiated budget agreement that passed the Senate today.


  • trotterCHICAGO – In May, the General Assembly sent a human services emergency funding bill, with strong bipartisan support, to the governor's desk. Senate Appropriations II Chairman Donne Trotter (D-Chicago) released the following statement urging the governor to be timely by signing the measure into law.

    "Illinoisans should not wait unnecessarily for the state to take action when a human services budget is sitting on the governor's desk. More than $700 million will help restore community mental health services, supportive housing, meals and care for seniors, and critical funding for cancer research.

    "The time is now to stop the collapse of our social safety net. Put the people of Illinois first by signing this plan into law."

  • trotter 053116Senator Donne Trotter (D-Chicago) championed a budget bill to ensure Pre-K and K-12 schools could open on time this year.

    House Bill 2990 would provide a $75 million increase in funding for early childhood education and provide additional money for P-12 education.

  • Senator Donne E. Trotter (D-Chicago) speaks to SB 2300 which prevents the leasing of apartments with high lead levels.


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  • steans trotter leadGrowing national concerns about lead contamination inspired State Senators Heather Steans and Donne Trotter to preemptively sponsor proposals to address the dangerous heavy metal in drinking water and buildings.

    Illinois has the second highest prevalence of lead poisoning in the country, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH).

    "We cannot let what's happening in Flint happen here," said Sen. Steans (D-Chicago). "The Flint crisis has diminished the public's trust in our drinking water, particularly in low-income areas, and exposed the flaws in our own system. Improving our water infrastructure can help restore the trust in our drinking water system and make it safer for all people of Illinois."

  • mapoverridePublic universities and community colleges across Illinois would see a substantial portion of their state funding reinstated under legislation the Illinois Senate approved Wednesday.

    Senator Donne Trotter (D-Chicago) led efforts to restore $453.4 million in higher education funding. Included is $46 million for the popular student assistance program known as MAP, which provides assistance for low-income college students.

  • Senator Donne Trotter (D-Chicago) speaks to SB 2048, which would bring higher education funding to 60% for public colleges and universities for FY2016.


  • trotter leadSPRINGFIELD - A measure preventing the leasing of properties with high levels of lead in building materials, paint passed the Illinois State Senate on Friday.

    Illinois has the second highest prevalence of lead poisoning in the country, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health.

    "There's an alarming number of old apartments across Illinois that are filled with lead," said Assistant Majority Leader Donne Trotter, the bill’s sponsor. "Preventing owners and tenants from passing on the burden to an unknown owner or tenant can stave off the ill effects of lead contamination."

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