Bennett raises Heterotaxy awareness

bennett-heterotaxySPRINGFIELD- Hallie is a beautiful 9-year-old girl. She loves fashion and spends her time drawing her own fashion line. One day, Hallie would like to learn how to sew so she can make her designs a reality.

However, unlike most children, Hallie spends a lot of time with doctors and in hospitals because she was born with Heterotaxy Syndrome.

Heterotaxy is a disorder where certain organs form on the opposite side of the body. For example, instead of the heart normally forming on the left side of the chest, it will be located on the right side.

Read more: Bennett raises Heterotaxy awareness


More courses to be available to students with limited options

lightford-courseoptionsSPRINGFIELD – Students in school districts with limited course options may soon be able to access a wider variety of courses thanks to legislation pushed through the Senate by Assistant Majority Leader Kimberly A. Lightford (D – Maywood). The option of taking classes from an outside authorized provider would be available to students who can demonstrate an impediment to being able to take another course at school or participate in another academic activity.

“A student’s potential should not be limited by his or her ZIP code,” said Sen. Lightford.

Read more: More courses to be available to students with limited options


Hutchinson, McConnaughay bring attention to human trafficking (VIDEO)

Hutchinson, McConnaughay, bring attention to human trafficking (VIDEO)Senator Toi Hutchinson (D – Chicago Heights) joined Senator Karen McConnaughay (R – St. Charles) and organizations from across the state who work to eradicate human trafficking at a ceremony earlier this week in the Capitol.

“Human trafficking is a form of modern slavery that primarily exploits young women by forcing them into involuntary servitude and prostitution,” Hutchinson said. “It’s all too easy to think of this as an abstract, global problem, but the truth is that this is happening in our own backyards. It’s unacceptable, and it’s time to speak up.”

Read more: Hutchinson, McConnaughay bring attention to human trafficking (VIDEO)


Delgado addresses drug addict traffic

delgado-addictsIn the past decade, thousands of drug addicts from Puerto Rico came to the U.S. seeking treatment for their addictions, hundreds of them arriving in Chicago – but not of their own volition. These men and women are put on flights with one-way tickets and the promise of world-class rehabilitation centers awaiting them. When they arrive, they are being sent to abandoned houses to live with other addicts and are forced to rely on unlicensed rehabilitation facilities for help.

According to media reports, police and municipal authorities in Puerto Rico are sending their addicts here, many of which suffer from serious health problems in addition to their addictions.

Read more: Delgado addresses drug addict traffic


Collins’ plan protects, informs seniors seeking reverse mortgages

collins-reversemrgIn the wake of revelations that at least one con artist used a risky financial product called a reverse mortgage to scam dozens of senior citizens, State Senator Jacqueline Y. Collins (D-Chicago 16th) secured Senate passage today of legislation that would help protect consumers from such fraudulent schemes.

“A reverse mortgage is a complicated financial product that can leave homeowners and their families vulnerable to scams and unable to pay when the loan comes due,” Collins said. “This legislation requires lenders to provide potential borrowers with accurate information about the product, a list of counselors they can contact if they need help and the opportunity to reconsider within three days of signing the paperwork.”

Read more: Collins’ plan protects, informs seniors seeking reverse mortgages


Bipartisan mental health law spurred by local tragedy clears Senate committee

koehler-mntl-hlthA proposed law that would allow college students to sign off on their universities sharing mental health information with their parents cleared an Illinois Senate committee today, paving its way for a final vote in the General Assembly.

It was inspired by the Predmore family of Bartonville, who tragically lost their son Chris to suicide last year. Under current law, his college could not talk to his parents about his mental health struggles.

Read more: Bipartisan mental health law spurred by local tragedy clears Senate committee


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