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  • Illinois sees rising risks to domestic violence victims as funding for services absent

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  • Murphy votes to support women’s healthcare

    murphy 021617SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Laura Murphy on Wednesday helped block a measure that would have made it more difficult for women to access reproductive health care services in Illinois.

    Senate Bill 78 would have prevented state agencies from contracting with facilities that perform abortions. Murphy and five other Senate Democrats stopped the legislation from advancing out of the Senate’s Public Health committee.

    “At a time when President Trump is attempting to strip away women’s access to health care, we must continue to fight to protect these rights,” said Murphy, a Des Plaines Democrat. “I will continue to stand up to overreaching proposals that set women’s rights back decades.”

    The legislation was opposed by Planned Parenthood of Illinois, Men4Choice, Metropolitan Chicago Breast Cancer Task Force and other organizations that support women’s health.

    Senate Bill 78 failed in committee.

  • Senate Democrats Go Red for Heart Association Campaign

    go red 2017SPRINGFIELD – Members of the Illinois Senate Democratic Caucus wore red today to support the Illinois Heart Association’s annual Go Red Day at the Illinois State Capitol. The goal of Go Red Day is to raise awareness of women’s heart disease, and to inform women of risk factors and warning signs of heart disease and stroke.

  • Steans’ women’s fair will offer ‘Information for Inspiration’

    Steans event flyer 112917CHICAGO – State Senator Heather Steans (D-Chicago) will host a women’s fair Wednesday evening to bring together local service providers and have a discussion about issues women face in the workplace and in pursuit of success.

    The free event will feature two panel discussions and vendors from an array of organizations that support women, including Sarah’s Circle, Planned Parenthood and Edgewater Village.

    The first panel will include local female entrepreneurs who will discuss their experience starting their own business. Panelists include: Mary Morten, president of Morten Group; Sonat Birnecker Hart, founder of KOVAL Distillery; Karen Rose, owner of City Olive; and Miss Alex White, founder of the band White Mystery.

    The second panel will feature women who have been successful in their careers. Panelists include: Cara Smith, chief policy officer for Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart; Jean Franczyk, CEO and president of the Chicago Botanic Garden; Gwenn Rausch, CEO of Heartland Health Centers; and Eva Peroulas, clinical nurse manager of the Family Birthing and Women's Health Center at Swedish Covenant Hospital.

    What:              Women: Information for Inspiration

    When:             4:30-7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 6

    Where:            St. Andrew Greek Orthodox Church, 5649 N. Sheridan Road

    Who:               State Senator Heather Steans, State Representatives Kelly Cassidy and Greg Harris,
                            48th Ward Ald. Harry Osterman, organizations that support women, panelists.

  • Women's heart health is why we "Go Red"

    gored caucuspostMembers of the Illinois General Assembly showed their support of the American Heart Association’s "Go Red for Women" campaign in the Capitol today. Go Red for Women encourages women to know their risks and take action to protect their health.

    Cardiovascular disease claims the lives of nearly 500,000 American women each year. The American Heart Association created Go Red for Women to empower women to take charge of their heart health.

    An estimated 43 million women in the United States suffer from heart disease each year, and cardiovascular disease kills one American woman every minute. While 90 percent of women have at least one risk factor for developing heart disease, only 20 percent identify it as their greatest health threat.