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Holmes’ statement on micro-bead bill signing

“The compromise allows businesses ample time to sell the products they currently have while designing environmentally-friendly alternatives.” - State Senator Linda Holmes

microbeadsRSPRINGFIELD – State Senator Linda Holmes (D-Aurora) was a co-sponsor of the legislation that bans the use of micro-beads in Illinois. The bill was signed by Governor Pat Quinn on Sunday.

“This plan is the result of an agreement between environmental groups and manufacturers,” Holmes said. “The compromise allows businesses ample time to sell the products they currently have while designing environmentally-friendly alternatives.”

Micro-beads, small, plastic spheres in personal care products, can cause serious environmental damage according to recent studies.  

Holmes’ plan to stop welfare fraud passes Senate

fraudRSPRINGFIELD – State Senator Linda Holmes’ (D-Aurora) measure to curtail welfare abuse in Illinois passed the Senate today.

“This proposal protects families in need who qualify for public assistance, like Supplemental Nutrition Program, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and Aid to the Aged, Blind or Disabled,” Holmes said.  “It will reduce the number of applicants being taken advantage of in completing or submitting an application for public assistance programs.”

The bill was introduced in response to a situation near Holmes’ district where an individual was soliciting their assistance in the benefit application process in exchange for a portion of those benefits.

Sen. Linda Holmes

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42nd District

Years served:
2007 - Present

Committee assignments: Agriculture (Vice-Chairperson); Committee of the Whole; Executive; Labor; Local Government (Chairperson); Telecommunications & InfoTechnology.

Biography: Elected to the Senate in 2006; born March 16, 1959, in Chicago; received a bachelor's degree from the National College of Education (now National-Lewis University); First woman president of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry; Full-time state legislator.

Associated Representatives:
Linda Chapa LaVia
Stephanie A. Kifowit