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Holmes pleased as adult-use cannabis legislation signed into law

marij disp 062519SPRINGFIELD – A measure to legalize adult-use cannabis in Illinois, co-sponsored by State Senator Linda Holmes (D-Aurora), was signed into law today by Gov. JB Pritzker. Holmes released the following statement on the law that allow cannabis sales to adults to begin Jan. 1, 2020:

“I believe legalizing adult-use cannabis is the right move for Illinois. The legislation is comprehensive in covering my concerns about prohibiting access to young people, enforcing driving under the influence laws, addressing criminal justice and restoring communities that have endured high crime due to the illegal distribution of cannabis.

“It is obvious the associated revenue will support our general funding, pay for community reinvestment, mental health and substance abuse programs, law enforcement, and help the state pay our bills. I appreciate the governor recognizing these opportunities and making Illinois the 11th state with legal adult-use cannabis.”

Holmes praises Reproductive Health Act becoming law

holmes 013119SPRINGFIELD – A measure to modernize reproductive health law, co-sponsored by State Senator Linda Holmes (D-Aurora), was signed into law by the governor today. Holmes released the following statement:

“I am pleased the legal rights of women to make their own reproductive health care decisions has been codified into law today. While other states are stripping women’s reproductive rights and treating us like criminals, our new law reaffirms that these are legal medical procedures. Just as decisions on an individual’s choice of cancer treatment or heart surgery are their own to make, reproductive care must not be singled out and controlled by lawmakers. Women are fully capable of making all decisions related to their health care.”

Holmes: new budget means stability and progress for Illinois

holmes 060619SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Linda Holmes released the following statement after Gov. JB Pritzker put his signature on the bipartisan, balanced state budget and fair tax rates plan approved by the General Assembly:

“Illinois is on a new path to budget discipline and stability. This budget continues our progress in restoring our schools and higher education institutions, our human service programs, our public safety agencies and economic and community development efforts. It provides grants for young people to attend college, offers potential property tax relief to homeowners, and includes pro-business tax reforms and incentives for job creation.”

“I support the fair tax constitutional amendment proposal primarily because it gives voters the choice on whether to change our system or not. Every year, I sponsor legislation that takes decision-making from boards or state commissions and puts them in the hands of local municipalities, school boards and voters.

"I believe Illinoisans deserve the chance at the ballot box to consider a modern, fair tax system.”

Holmes move to allow local school districts to make decisions on charter schools passes General Assembly

holmes 053119SPRINGFIELD – Right now, a state commission can overturn a local school board’s decision to deny a charter school application in their school district. Under a plan from State Senator Linda Holmes (D-Aurora), that decision would remain in local hands.

Senate Bill 1226 would change the charter school application process to abolish the State Charter School Commission by July 1, 2020, and transfers most of its duties to the Illinois State Board of Education. Locally elected school boards and parents would decide if a charter school is good for their community.

Charter schools currently in the renewal process would be transferred to ISBE. The bill also provides that a local school board may not revoke or not renew a charter except for obvious justifying circumstances.

“This proposal is about ensuring local control and accountability for charter schools as they exist for public schools,” Holmes said. “The existing commission has overturned local school boards and I believe those decisions belong in the community, not at the state level.”

A local appeal process for charter schools already exists, eliminating the need for a state commission. Local voters also have the option of considering a charter school on the ballot of an upcoming election.

With the Senate’s vote to concur on a House amendment, the measure will head to the governor’s desk.

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