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Ellman moves to immediately enact access to planned property tax breaks for Cook County seniors

Published: Friday, November 15, 2019 01:06 PM

ellman 052219SPRINGFIELD –Cook County seniors would see access to property tax break sooner under legislation by State Senator Laura Ellman that passed the Senate unopposed on Thursday.

“My goal was always to simplify this application process as much as possible,” said Ellman, (D-Naperville), the measure’s chief sponsor. “Rather than subjecting our seniors to an unnecessary reapplication process, we’re making things easier on them while also giving more people the chance to benefit from property tax breaks.”

Currently, every county in Illinois other than Cook may allow seniors to receive the Senior Citizen Homestead Exemption without having to reapply for it annually. Changes to the law will allow Cook County seniors the same privilege, and House Bill 961 allows this exemption to take effect for the taxable year 2019.

Cook County agencies would also be required to keep track of any property transfers or death that would end the exemption on a particular piece of property in order to prevent abuse of it.

This legislation now awaits the governor’s signature.

Ellman measure aimed at reducing carbon emissions becomes law

Published: Friday, August 16, 2019 10:02 AM

pollutionSPRINGFIELD – A decades-old law that prevents Illinois from taking action to address harmful greenhouse gas emissions was repealed thanks to State Senator Laura Ellman (D-Naperville).

“By repealing the Kyoto Protocol Act, we're sending the signal that Illinois is ready to get serious about climate change,” Ellman said after her bill repealing the measure was signed into law today by Gov. JB Pritzker. “It's an outdated law that only served to tie lawmakers’ hands and it never should've been passed in the first place.”

Ellman’s plan to provide scholarships for non-traditional trade students now law

Published: Monday, August 12, 2019 11:33 AM

ellman 052219SPRINGFIELD – Non-traditional students pursuing vocational training could be eligible for a new scholarship program under a new law from State Senator Laura Ellman (D-Naperville) that was signed into law on Friady.

“Education is economic development,” Ellman said. “This new scholarship program will help alleviate the financial burden of education and provide additional opportunities to non-traditional students.”

Senate Bill 1167 establishes the Adult Vocational Community College Scholarship Program, run by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission. To be eligible, a student must be over the age of 30 and unemployed but actively searching for work.

The scholarship would be enough to cover the cost of tuition and fees to attend the community college without exceeding $2,000 per recipient per academic year. The program is subject to appropriation.

“By investing in education, we’re investing in the future,” Ellman said. “This scholarship program will help ensure that Illinois workers are trained for jobs of the future and that businesses aren’t struggling to find qualified employees.”

Fifty-three percent of Illinois jobs require more than a high school degree but less than a four-year college degree, yet only 43 percent of Illinois workers are trained at that level.

Ellman supports updated infrastructure plan signed into law today

Published: Friday, June 28, 2019 02:08 PM

ellman 052219SPRINGFIELD – Senator Laura Ellman (D-Naperville) released the following statement reacting to Gov. JB Pritzker signing capital statewide construction funding plan into law today:

“This long-overdue plan will make meaningful investments in our state’s infrastructure. Illinois is a transportation powerhouse, and it has been critical for the state to dedicate more resources into its capital plan for the last 10 years. Not only will our roads, bridges, transit systems and community service facilities benefit, but so will those who are hired for the countless good-paying jobs needed to get these projects done. Commerce, workers, families and Illinois as a whole all benefit under this plan.”

Sen. Laura Ellman

Sen. Laura Ellman

21st District

Years served: 2019–Present

Committee assignments: Agriculture; Appropriations I; Energy and Public Utilities; Government Accountability/Pensions; Higher Education (Vice-Chairperson); Veterans Affairs.

Associated Representatives:
Amy Grant
Grant Wehrli