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Glowiak: Study shows alarming cancer rates near Willowbrook Sterigenics Plant

Published: Monday, April 01, 2019 03:43 PM

glowiak 040119WILLOWBROOK – A study released Friday by the Illinois Department of Public Health has shown that some types of cancer were elevated for people living in the immediate area of the Sterigenics Plant in Willowbrook.

The study reinforced local residents’ and elected officials’ concerns, including State Senator Suzy Glowiak (D-Western Springs).

“These alarming statistics reinforce our concerns about Sterigenics being located in a densely populated area,” Glowiak said. “We cannot risk reopening this facility and putting more people living in the area at risk.”

Glowiak said she is urging legislators to work in a bipartisan manner to stand up for residents’ health and safety.

The study specifically showed that more cases of breast cancer and Hodgkin's lymphoma were found in women and there were more cases of lymphoma in children that are living near Sterigenics.

“The residents of Willowbrook have been courageous advocates in the fight to protect all of us in DuPage County,” Glowiak said. “I would like to thank them for their dedication to safeguarding our neighborhoods for generations to come.”

Glowiak is working with State Senator John Curran (R-Downers Grove) in fighting to safeguard communities across DuPage County from this public health hazard.

The Willowbrook Cancer Incidence Assessment can be found on the IDPH at http://www.dph.illinois.gov/sites/default/files/publications/sterigenicswillowbrookcancer-investigation-final.pdf , along with Frequently Asked Questions http://www.dph.illinois.gov/sites/default/files/publications/faq-sterigencis.pdf .

Glowiak talks property tax exemptions with local residents

Published: Thursday, February 28, 2019 12:13 PM

glowiak 022819OAKBROOK TERRACE – To clarify the numerous property tax reform initiatives introduced this legislative session, State Senator Suzy Glowiak (D-Western Springs) is urging local residents to use available resources to educate themselves on proposals working through the Senate this spring.

“When I talk to residents, their top concern remains high property tax bills,” Glowiak said. “It is vital for residents to know what legislative measures are being considered in Springfield to help their legislators represent their interests.”

Suburban property taxes tend to be high to ensure schools are properly funded. The state has adjusted that model to more fairly direct funding toward schools, which Glowiak believes should result in lower property taxes. In the upcoming April municipal elections, 18 suburban school districts will empower voters to decide the fate of property taxes for the schools through referendums.

“The state funding schools properly should result in property tax savings in Illinois,” Glowiak said. “I’m interested in seeing what local residents decide.”

There are exemptions available for seniors and veterans, but reapplying every year can be burdensome.

“There are new measures that if passed would cut redundant bureaucratic hurdles our seniors and veterans need to repeat every year,” Glowiak said. “We need to continue to look for ways to cut bureaucratic red tape to streamline the process to allow residents to see savings without inessential paperwork.”

There measures introduced in the Senate include:

Senate Bill 39 creates a homestead exemption for police officers and firefighters who suffered severe injuries like permanent paralysis or amputation in the line of duty.

Senate Bill 1199 provides that a veteran who is considered "permanently and totally disabled" by the Department of Veterans' Affairs is not required to reapply annually to receive a Disabled Veterans Standard Homestead Exemption.

Senate Bill 1257 eliminates the need for senior citizens to reapply for an exemption once the assessor or chief county assessment officers grants a Senior Citizens Homestead Exemption.

Senate Bill 1348 allows a newly remodeled house or duplex in an area of urban decay within a municipality to exempt owners from the property taxes attributed to the improvements.

Senate Bill 1689 increases the maximum income restriction for the Senior Citizens Assessment Freeze Homestead Exemption to $75,000 beginning in taxable year 2019 in Cook County and, in taxable year 2020, statewide.

Glowiak hosts first successful town hall meeting

Published: Tuesday, February 26, 2019 11:56 AM

Glowiak hosts first successful town hall meetingLISLE – Freshman Senator Suzy Glowiak held her first bipartisan town hall meeting on Saturday at the Lisle Village Hall, fielding a variety of questions that impact the 24th State Senate District.

Glowiak (D-Western Springs) partnered with legislators representing Lisle to answer questions from a room full of local residents on topics including property tax relief, solving the state’s pension crisis, environmental concerns and fair legislative map redistricting.

“Open forums like this bring people with diverse perspectives together to share input on vital issues that impact our community,” Glowiak said. “I’m honored to serve a district with such active residents that want to work together to make our neighborhoods even better.”

Glowiak was joined by a bipartisan group of legislators that included State Senators John Curran and Laura Ellman and State Representatives Terra Costa Howard and Anne Stava-Murray.

“Government works best when elected officials are in constant communication with constituents,” Glowiak said.

Glowiak urges local residents to stay up-to-date with news in Springfield and the district by signing up for her e-newsletter at www.SenatorSuzyGlowiak.com. She looks forward to hosting additional community events in the coming weeks. 

PHOTO: State Senator Suzy Glowiak (D-Western Springs) held her first bipartisan town hall meeting on Saturday at the Lisle Village Hall with a bipartisan group of legislators. Left to Right: State Senator Laura Ellman (D-Naperville), State Senator Suzy Glowiak (D-Western Springs), State Representative Terra Costa Howard (D-Glen Ellyn), State Senator John Curran (R-Downers Grove) and State Representative Anne Stava-Murray (D-Naperville).

Glowiak lauds school funding, raises concerns on pension obligations

Published: Wednesday, February 20, 2019 02:36 PM

Senator Glowiak

SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker unveiled his first budget on Wednesday in Springfield.
State Senator Suzy Glowiak (D-Western Springs) is happy to hear proposals for a $375 million increase in K-12 education funding to ensure all schools in DuPage and Cook counties see more state dollars in their classrooms.

“Our schools are finally being funded the right way to help ensure our children receive outstanding educational opportunities without raising property tax bills,” Glowiak said. “I’m happy to see that the state is finally paying its fair share.”

However, the freshman senator has numerous questions about the governor’s pension funding proposals that would restructure pension payments and delay the target date that the state’s pension system is 90 percent funded from 2045 to 2052.

Glowiak, who declined a General Assembly pension herself, does not feel comfortable supporting proposals that will delay vital pension payments.

“Too many governors for too long have kicked the can down the road on our state’s pension obligations,” Glowiak said. “I need further details to decide if I can support a proposal that delays the year we fully fund our pension payments.”

The budget proposal also included plans to close loopholes for big corporate businesses such as Walmart to help the state find $94 million in savings over the next year.

“The State of Illinois is breaking away from President Trump’s big tax breaks for massive corporations,” Glowiak said. “We need to focus on finding savings and helping our local businesses prosper in our communities, not handing big conglomerates tax breaks on the taxpayer’s dime.”

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; Sub. on Utility Rate Regulations.

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