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Senator Suzy announces Tobacco 21 now in effect in Illinois

Published: Tuesday, July 02, 2019 08:40 AM

glowiak 040419OAK BROOK TERRACE – Residents now must be 21 years old to buy tobacco products in Illinois. 

State Senator Suzy Glowiak (D-Western Springs) advocated for the passage of “Tobacco 21” (House Bill 345), which raises the legal smoking age from 18 to 21, prohibiting the purchase of alternative nicotine products, electronic cigarettes and tobacco products by individuals under the age of 21. The law is now in effect.

“The dangers of smoking are well-known, but young adults still had access to tobacco products,” Glowiak said. “This new law will help stop addiction at an early age to help save lives.”

In Illinois, 34 jurisdictions have raised the age, including Chicago, Highland Park, Buffalo Grove, Evanston and Peoria. One of the key benefits to doing so have been documented decreases in the number of high schoolers who smoke. In Chicago, authorities recorded a drop from 13.6 percent in 2011 to 6 percent in 2017. Raising the age was cited as a key component of the decrease. Studies have found 90 percent of all adult smokers started when they were kids.

According to the Department of Health and Human Services it is estimated that each day approximately 2,100 youth and young adults who are occasional smokers become daily smokers.

“Stopping the cycle of addiction will protect our young adults from the numerous early and long-term negative effects of smoking such as early health disease, reductions in lung function, and growth and respiratory problems,” Glowiak said. “Raising the smoking age is a proven method to reduce smoking rates among our teens.”

This measure was supported by the DuPage County Health Department, American Lung Association in Illinois, American Cancer Society and American Heart Association along with many others.

Senator Glowiak’s bills to keep local residents safe from cancer causing chemicals now law

Published: Friday, June 21, 2019 03:06 PM

glowiak 022819OAKBROOK TERRACE Willowbrook residents will soon have regulations in place to address the public health crisis created by unsafe levels of the cancer-causing chemical ethylene oxide in the community’s air supply.

State Senator Suzy Glowiak (D-Western Springs) partnered with State Senator John Curran (R-Downers Grove) to pass a package of measures that will protect communities across the 24th State Senate District. The measures were signed into law on Friday

“These bipartisan laws will not only ensure local residents are safe from this cancer-causing chemical, but also strengthen the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency’s ability to do their job,” Glowiak said. “The residents of Willowbrook have been courageous advocates in the fight to protect all of us in DuPage County. I would like to thank them for their dedication to safeguarding our neighborhoods for generations to come.”

Glowiak applauded Illinois House Republican Leader Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs), Curran and State Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake) for fighting to safeguard not only Willowbrook but all of Illinois from this disastrous public health hazard.

“We need to be able to breathe,” Glowiak said. “The constant pollution from Sterigenics was stifling our ability to stay healthy. These new regulations will keep our families and loved ones safe. This is proof that if we all work together we can leave a positive impact on our communities.” 

The two measures take a multifaceted approach to address this health crisis:

Senate Bill 1852:

  • Requires ethylene oxide sterilization facilities to reduce emissions by 99.9% or to 0.2 parts per million.
  • Sets emissions, dispersion and ambient air testing protocols
  • Strengthens Seal Order implications regarding ethylene oxide sterilization facilities and sets setback distances for the construction of future facilities near schools or parks.

Senate Bill 1854:

  • Prohibits facilities that emit more than 150 pounds of ethylene oxide and that reside in a county with a population of at least 700,000 from operating unless the facility meets certain criteria outlined by IEPA.

Glowiak is looking forward to working with Curran to pass policies that keep the people of DuPage and Cook counties safe.

To protect privacy of assault survivors, Suzy Glowiak moves to seal address records

Published: Wednesday, May 22, 2019 10:29 AM

glowiak 052219SPRINGFIELD – The addresses of Illinois survivors of sexual assault would be given confidentiality under a plan by State Senator Suzy Glowiak.

Glowiak passed House Bill 2818, which empowers the Attorney General's Office to help keep the home addresses of survivors private from their attackers and stalkers.

“It is vital that we maintain our commitment to protect survivors of sexual assault and stalking,” Glowiak said. “When our survivors perform the courageous act 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. To give them the opportunity to take steps toward healing and feeling safe again, we must move to protect their privacy.”

The measure allows survivors of sexual abuse or stalking to list the Attorney General's Office as their contact address instead of revealing their actual address, running the risk that their abuser may 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.

House Bill 2818 passed the Senate with bipartisan support and now heads to the House for a concurrence vote.

Suzy Glowiak fights youth homelessness in Illinois

Published: Tuesday, May 21, 2019 11:30 AM

glowiak 052119SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Suzy Glowiak is working to stomp out homelessness in Illinois, especially among children and youth.

Glowiak (D-Western Springs) passed House Bill 2983, which creates the Youth Homelessness Prevention Subcommittee under the Governor's Cabinet on Children and Youth. The subcommittee will review and make recommendations about the discharge policies and procedures for each agency that handles youth leaving the state's custody or guardianship to ensure youth housing stability.

“That we have homeless children is an indictment of our system of governance,” Glowiak said. “We need to find solutions to end homelessness among youth in our communities, and to provide stability and protection to children whose basic needs are not being met.”

According to the General Assembly’s findings, 1 out of 10 people between the ages of 18-25 are experiencing homelessness for some amount of time over a 12-month period. For those age 13-17, 1 in 30 experience a form of homelessness over a 12-month period.

“The least that any child in Illinois should expect is stable and secure housing. Determining how we provide that, and what broader education and employment opportunities to give our homeless youth, will be the purpose of this subcommittee,” Glowiak said.

House Bill 2983 is part of an effort to end youth homelessness by 2020. The Youth Homelessness Prevention Subcommittee will execute the vision set forth by the Cabinet on Children and Youth through efforts to prevent homelessness among youth leaving state systems of care. 

“My hope is this subcommittee will create a long-term path to help us reach our goal to eliminate homelessness among our children once and for all,” Glowiak said.

House Bill 2983 passed the Senate with unanimous support and now heads to the governor’s desk for his signature.

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