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Holmes introduces measure to ban animal testing for cosmetic products

lipsticks 031419SPRINGFIELD – A measure regarding animal welfare was introduced today by State Senator Linda Holmes (D-Aurora) in the Senate Agriculture Committee.

Senate Bill 241 amends the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act to prohibit importation or sale of cosmetic products or ingredients that use animal testing after January 1, 2020. Modern testing alternatives are less expensive, faster and more predictive of human reactions than past practices of painful tests on animals to assess the safety of chemicals used in cosmetics. This ban does not include cosmetic products or ingredients that have been tested on animals but are currently being sold before the implementation date.

“Alternative testing methods make sense: they are good for business, safe for consumers, and certainly move us forward to a humane approach by eliminating the cruel practices of the last 50 years,” Holmes said. “Consumers are increasingly looking for ‘not tested on animals’ labels on cosmetics packaging and that reflects greater awareness and concern.”

Thirty countries have adopted cruelty-free cosmetics testing and in September 2018, California passed a law prohibiting the importation and sale of new cosmetics that have been tested on animals. Major cosmetics producers are listening to consumers: In 2018, the world’s second-largest personal-care producer, Unilever, announced they will stop animal testing. Their popular beauty brands include Dove, Degree, and TRESemmé.

Senate Bill 241 passed today with unanimous support in the Agriculture Committee and await further action in the Senate.

Senate approves Holmes’ government reform measure; will provide for election of Fox Metro Water Reclamation trustees

holmes 050218SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Linda Holmes (D-Aurora) passed a measure to address the election of trustees for the Fox Metro Water Reclamation District on Wednesday. Senate Bill 100 requires the trustees be elected rather than appointed. The bill had been vetoed by the governor in August 2018 and has been brought back to and approved in the Senate Local Government Committee.

“I believe it is important that those who represent the citizens of our communities should be elected and not appointed,” Holmes said. “This bill provides for trustee candidates to go on the ballot during consolidated elections. It represents government reform that will better serve water quality needs in the future for people in the Fox River Valley.”

The Water Reclamation District was created in the late 1920s and today serves nearly 300,000 residents in Aurora, North Aurora, Boulder Hill, Montgomery, Oswego, Sugar Grove and portions of Yorkville and Batavia, according to the Board’s website.

Senate Bill 100 provides that trustees will be elected at consolidated elections, rather than appointed by members of the General Assembly, beginning with the 2021 consolidated election. Current members of the Board can continue to serve until their terms expire, at which time an elected trustee will take their place on the Board. Trustees will be elected to staggered 4-year terms. The Board will continue to have five total members. 

Approved by the Senate Local Government Committee, the measure now moves to the full Senate for consideration.

Holmes leads State Senate in tribute to Aurora shooting victims

holmes 050218SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Linda Holmes (D-Aurora) rose today on the floor of the Illinois State Senate to honor the five men killed in a workplace shooting last Friday in Aurora. At the end of her remarks, the entire body stood for a moment of silence in memory of the victims.

Below is the full text of Holmes’ statement in the Senate chamber:

“On Friday, February 15, my city of Aurora became the site of a horrific mass shooting. In the middle of what should have been a regular work day at Henry Pratt Company, a gunman began shooting at workers in the plant and took the lives of five men. Thanks to the heroic actions of police officers running into the chaos, only one other worker was injured. 

Holmes stands up for first responders, overrides governor’s veto

holmes 022718SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Linda Holmes (D-Aurora) ensured a series of proposals will take effect to extend the same rights granted to firefighters to paramedics who are also employed by units of local government. The measures had been vetoed by the governor, but today Holmes successfully overrode those vetoes.

“Just like firefighters, paramedics face life-threatening circumstances to save lives and serve our communities,” Holmes said. “We owe it to paramedics and their families to give them the same rights as firefighters for the dangerous sacrifices they are willing to make.”

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