Peoria mother faces losing her son if health care funding cut

Earlier this month, State Senator Dave Koehler (D-Peoria) held a press conference to discuss the impact that the governor's proposed budget cuts will have on working families. One of the speakers was Meghann Schwartz, whose son relies on the Medically Fragile/Technology Dependent waiver program to be able to live at home.


Minimum wage should be a living wage

lightford-min-cowThe Senate heard testimony last week on an issue with great potential impact on the state's economy: raising the minimum wage. Illinois voters told lawmakers last November by more than a two to one margin, 68 percent to 32 percent, that they favor raising the minimum wage. The Senate quickly responded, passing legislation sponsored by Assistant Majority Leader Kimberly A. Lightford (D-Maywood) to step the minimum wage up to $11. However, that legislation has not yet made it to the governor’s desk and Senate Democrats have made it a key part of their Middle Class Agenda.

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Illinois Legislative Black Caucus to rally against Rauner’s cuts

jones-budget-rallyThe Illinois Legislative Black Caucus views Governor Rauner’s cuts as a direct attack on the working poor. On Thursday, June 25, the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus will hold rallies to fight for programs and services our community values.

Several organizations that serve communities who will suffer the most from the cuts will discuss how the lack of support increases crime, lowers our students’ opportunities to be qualified for good jobs and will leave people without heat during Chicago’s coldest months.

Read more: Illinois Legislative Black Caucus to rally against Rauner’s cuts


Hutchinson reacts to Coal City tornado damage

coalcitytornadoNumerous homes and a fire station were damaged by a tornado that hit the village of Coal City last night, less than two years after a tornado damaged the village. State Senator Toi Hutchinson (D-Chicago Heights) extends her thoughts and prayers to those who are recovering from the storm.

“Although the damage in Coal City is extensive, there have miraculously been no reported fatalities and only a few minor injuries,” Hutchinson said. “I am so thankful for fire department personnel, area police, first responders and the Illinois State Police who are on the ground in Coal City helping those in need.”  

The Red Cross has established a shelter for residents in need at the United Methodist Church, located at 6805 E. McArdle Road.


Top 5 things to know about LIHEAP

liheap-cover-blogMore than 300,000 vulnerable Illinois households use LIHEAP to assist with energy costs. This includes seniors, disabled persons and low-income families.

Governor Bruce Rauner is proposing to eliminate the program July 1. Without that help, the state’s most vulnerable face health and safety problems like heat stroke and hypothermia. Those with assistance who use electric medical equipment would be at great risk.

Read more: Top 5 things to know about LIHEAP


Steans’ legislation encourages young people to seek help when friends drink too much

steans-teenduiState Senator Heather Steans (D-Chicago 7th) has secured passage of legislation that grants limited immunity from prosecution to a person who requests emergency medical assistance for a friend showing signs of alcohol poisoning.

“Alcohol poisoning is a leading cause of death for young people in Illinois, and I believe this legislation will save lives by encouraging underage drinkers to step forward and get help for their friends,” said Steans. “It’s an added incentive for people to act before a bad situation becomes much worse.”

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