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Glowiak Hilton champions new law to protect consumers

Published: Tuesday, August 13, 2019 11:36 AM

glowiak 022819OAKBROOK TERRACE – Illinois consumers will now have stronger notification laws surrounding cybersecurity breaches, thanks to Senator Suzy Glowiak Hilton.

Glowiak Hilton (D-Western Springs) championed a new law that will require companies to notify Illinois consumers of cybersecurity breaches and compromised personal data sooner. Senate Bill 1624 was signed into law last week.

“Illinois residents go online every day to complete simple tasks, from paying their water bills to checking their bank balances,” Glowiak Hilton said. “In the event that a company experiences a security breach, residents should be notified in order to take proper precautions. We need that assurance in an age where we carry all our most sensitive data in our pockets at all times.”

Senate Bill 1624, will require companies that hold Illinois residents’ personal information to report data breaches which affect more than 500 Illinois residents to the Attorney General as soon as possible.

The new bipartisan law will allow the Attorney General to publish breach notices, ensuring the information is easily and promptly accessible to residents who may need to take steps to protect themselves.

Previously, if there is a data breach that compromises Illinois residents’ personal information, the company is required to notify the residents, but there is not yet a mechanism in place to ensure compliance.

“Empowering the Illinois Attorney General to step in on behalf of consumers will help ensure there are protections in place during these unfortunate events and give them enough notice to make sound decisions,” Glowiak Hilton said. “As the way we use technology changes, laws should change as well. Illinois residents’ rights need to be protected in the 21st Century.”

Senate Bill 1624 goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2020.  

Glowiak Hilton’s measure to protect privacy of assault survivors now law

Published: Monday, August 12, 2019 10:26 AM

glowiak 052219OAKBROOK TERRACE – The addresses of Illinois survivors of sexual assault will now be kept confidential thanks to State Senator Suzy Glowiak Hilton.

Glowiak Hilton’s measure, House Bill 2818, which empowers the Attorney General's Office to help keep the home addresses of survivors private from their attackers and stalkers, was signed into law last week.

“When our survivors take the brave step of seeking justice, they aren’t just leaving a painful situation behind: they are often making themselves the target of a violent person who knows them intimately,” Glowiak Hilton said. “As they strive for justice, we must take the essential steps to protect them as they seek it.”

The new law will allow survivors of sexual abuse or stalking to list the Attorney General’s Office as their contact address instead of revealing their actual address, avoiding any risk that their abuser might locate them.

The program is currently established for victims of domestic violence. House Bill 2818 expands its availability to all survivors of sexual abuse and stalking.

The bipartisan measure goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2021.

Senator Suzy champions Blue Collar Jobs Act

Published: Tuesday, July 09, 2019 12:23 PM

bluecollar 070919OAKBROOK TERRACE - For more than a generation, young people have been discouraged from seeking blue collar jobs in favor of pursuing college degrees. State Senator Suzy Glowiak (D-Western Springs) passed a measure to help encourage more job seekers to pursue occupations that ensure safety and modernize Illinois’ infrastructure.

Glowiak championed the Blue Collar Jobs Act, which offers tax incentives to companies making significant capital improvements in Illinois based on the withholding tax paid to construction workers. The program went into effect on July 1, 2019.

Senator Suzy forms task force to eliminate college debt

Published: Tuesday, July 02, 2019 01:36 PM

creditcards 032919OAKBROOK TERRACE - A new state task force will focus on giving students the tools to make financially sound decisions thanks to State Senator Suzy Glowiak.

Glowiak supported House Bill 1581 which creates the College Student Credit Card Marketing and Debt Task Force, an eight-member task force that will seek to reduce the amount of credit card debt students face after graduating from higher education institutions in Illinois. It was signed into law on Friday.

“Higher education opens the doors of opportunity for young people,” Glowiak said. “It is vital that as a state we institute policies that allow students to graduate with loads of opportunity, not mountains of debt. They should not be preyed on by credit card companies.”

Opening credit cards can be a life-altering choice for students. While there are legitimate reasons a student may need a credit card, there are many downsides, Glowiak said.

“Tuition, fees and living expenses at Illinois colleges and universities are high enough,” Glowiak said. “It is our duty to find ways to lower the costs of obtaining a college education in Illinois. However, as we explore methods to save costs, we need to make sure we’re looking out for the financial well-being of these young adults.”

Studies have shown that from 2004 to 2008, the average college student card debt rose from $2,169 to $3,173. While making a choice about having a credit card as a student can be difficult, credit card marketing can push students to open credit cards for the wrong reasons.

Credit card companies use marketing strategies such as on-campus marketing, rewards, college affinity cards and college logos on credit cards as effective ploys to get students to register for credit cards.

“We need to equip our students to make smart decisions," Glowiak said. “The goal of this taskforce is to ensure young people are not taken advantage of by big corporations who are attempting to make a profit off of students’ financial inexperience.” 

House Bill 1581 passed the Senate and House with bipartisan support. It went into effect on Friday, June 28, 2019.

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