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Glowiak Hilton’s measure to advocate for Alzheimer caregivers, now law

Published: Tuesday, August 27, 2019 10:26 AM

Sen. Suzy Glowiak HiltonOAKBROOK TERRACE—Illinois Alzheimer’s caregivers and patients will now have an advocate within the Illinois Department of Public Health to oversee the state’s Alzheimer’s efforts, thanks to State Senator Suzy Glowiak Hilton.

Glowiak Hilton’s measure, Senate Bill 1726, which creates the position of Dementia Coordinator in the Department of Public Health to oversee the implementation of the Illinois Alzheimer's Disease State Plan, was signed into law on Monday.

“As someone who cared for a husband and mother with Alzheimer’s disease, I know how impossible it can seem,” Glowiak Hilton said. “Under the leadership of a statewide Dementia Coordinator, those living and caring for those with Alzheimer’s will have an advocate to fight for state policies that will improve their level of care.”

Glowiak Hilton’s measure to fight human trafficking now law

Published: Monday, August 26, 2019 10:47 AM

Sen. Suzy Glowiak HiltonOAKBROOK TERRACE – Illinois now has a new law in place to help some of the people who have the most power to fight one of the fastest-growing criminal activities in the world: Hospitality workers.

Glowiak Hilton (D-Western Springs) championed House Bill 3101, which would require hotels and motels to train employees to recognize the signs of human trafficking and know what to do when reporting it to authorities. It was signed into law on Friday.

“This new law will arm hospitality workers with the tools to spot and report human trafficking,” Glowiak Hilton said. “Just like we have discovered that teachers or hairdressers can be the ones who most readily spot the telltale signs of domestic violence, we’re learning that hotel employees might be the ones who spot human trafficking. This new training will give hospitality workers the knowledge and build the confidence to be able to identify signs of human trafficking and act quickly to do the right thing.”

Glowiak Hilton champions new laws to encourage residents to pursue vocational training

Published: Wednesday, August 21, 2019 01:48 PM

glowiak 040419OAKBROOK TERRACE – Illinois now has new laws in place to encourage residents to pursue vocational training programs.

State Senator Suzy Glowiak Hilton (D-Western Springs) supported three new laws that will help expand and attract students to vocational and apprenticeship programs to help expand the state’s economy.

Glowiak Hilton, an engineer herself, passed a new law that will require the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity to conduct a study on the potential expansion of apprenticeship programs.

The study outlined in Senate Bill 2024 will focus on underserved communities with high unemployment. The Commerce Department will report its findings and recommendations to the General Assembly by June 1, 2020.

“This study will ensure that the state dedicates more time to research how we can better meet the needs of employers across Illinois, Glowiak Hilton said. “Our goal is to ensure the state’s workforce is meeting the needs of employers to maximize opportunities to grow our economy.”

Glowiak Hilton also supported two measures to increase enrollment in apprenticeship and workforce development programs in Illinois.

The first, Senate Bill 1167, creates the Adult Vocational Community College Scholarship Program, administered by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission.  The program would help support non-traditional students. 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.

“This new program will open up the doors for non-traditional students who are struggling with the costs of vocational programs,” Glowiak Hilton said. “Removing financial blocks will help equip Illinois workers with the training to be successful in jobs of the future.”

The second, Senate Bill 1591, creates a tax credit of $3,500 to incentivize employers to assist apprentices with tuition at Illinois community colleges. The credit is limited to employers engaged in a registered apprenticeship program with the U.S. Department of Labor.

“By investing in our workforce’s education, we are investing in our state’s future and economic prosperity,” Glowiak Hilton said. “Let’s continue to work together to ensure workers are ready to meet the needs of the companies of the 21st century and beyond.”

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.

These measures received bipartisan support. Senate Bill 1167 goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2020 while Senate Bill 1591 and Senate Bill 2024 go into effect immediately.

Glowiak Hilton works to make EpiPens more affordable

Published: Monday, August 19, 2019 03:11 PM

epipens 081219OAKBROOK TERRACE – Minors across Illinois will soon have easy access to EpiPens, thanks to a new law supported by State Senator Suzy Glowiak Hilton.

Glowiak Hilton (D-Western Springs) advocated for House Bill 3435, which requires certain insurers to cover medically necessary epinephrine injectors for minors – the fast-acting treatments for severe allergic reactions.

“It’s our duty to take the necessary steps to ensure this life saving drug is affordable and easily accessible to children in Illinois,” Glowiak Hilton said. “Children with serious allergies should not have to go without a vital epinephrine injector simply because they cannot afford one.”

Epinephrine injectors – commonly known by the specific brand name EpiPen – deliver the life-saving drug epinephrine to individuals experiencing a severe allergic reaction. Epinephrine works by narrowing blood vessels and opening lung airways, reversing the symptoms of a potentially fatal allergic reaction.

This measure requires certain private insurance policies to cover medically necessary epinephrine injectors for those under 18 years of age.

“Families across our district rely on this essential medicine to keep their children safe,” Glowiak Hilton said. “This small step can help us save lives.”

House Bill 3435 was signed earlier this month and goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2020.

Sen. Suzy Glowiak

Sen. Suzy Glowiak

24th District

Years served: 2019–Present

Committee assignments: Appropriations II; Education; Energy and Public Utilities; Insurance; Labor (Vice-Chairperson); Local Government.

Biography: Suzy Glowiak (D-Western Springs), a mechanical engineer by trade, believes in working in a bipartisan manner to promote compromise and collaboration in order to find meaningful solutions to lower property tax bills, ensure our schools and universities have the resources to be successful and keep Illinois' children safe; Former Village Trustee in Western Springs where she served as a voice for balanced budgets; Illinois Institute of Technology (B.S. in Mechanical Engineering); Northwestern University (Masters in Manufacturing Engineering); Mother of three children.

Associated Representatives:
Terra Costa Howard
Deanne M. Mazzochi