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Steans leverages federal funds to support Medicaid program

steans 022818 3SPRINGFIELD – Hospitals that serve Medicaid patients would continue to benefit from federal funding under a measure sponsored by State Senator Heather Steans (D-Chicago) which passed the Senate today.

“I have worked with my colleagues in both chambers for several months to develop a new Medicaid Hospital Assessment Program that is fair to patients and hospitals,” said Steans. “This new program supports hospitals that serve a vital role in communities while distributing funding in a more accurate manner.”

Steans calls on Rauner to expand medical cannabis program

med mar 012418Governor should add intractable pain to condition list, not fight it

CHICAGO – Given a choice between showing compassion for those suffering from chronic pain or pursuing a costly legal battle, the Rauner administration should choose compassion, Senator Heather Steans said today.

Steans (D-Chicago) called on Gov. Bruce Rauner to expand access to Illinois’ medical marijuana program by adding intractable pain to the qualifying condition list rather than appeal a judge’s order that the condition be added.

Steans: A regulated cannabis market doesn’t increase teen use

davis steansCHICAGO – Issues of teen use and cannabis public education programs were discussed today at the Senate and House committee hearing on legalizing adult-use cannabis.

The committee also heard testimony on issues with the current medical marijuana program from patients and doctors and discussed the opioid epidemic in Illinois.

State Senator Heather Steans, a Chicago Democrat, is the lead Senate sponsor of a measure to tax and regulate cannabis in Illinois. She chaired today’s hearing.

Steans’ women’s fair will offer ‘Information for Inspiration’

Steans event flyer 112917CHICAGO – State Senator Heather Steans (D-Chicago) will host a women’s fair Wednesday evening to bring together local service providers and have a discussion about issues women face in the workplace and in pursuit of success.

The free event will feature two panel discussions and vendors from an array of organizations that support women, including Sarah’s Circle, Planned Parenthood and Edgewater Village.

The first panel will include local female entrepreneurs who will discuss their experience starting their own business. Panelists include: Mary Morten, president of Morten Group; Sonat Birnecker Hart, founder of KOVAL Distillery; Karen Rose, owner of City Olive; and Miss Alex White, founder of the band White Mystery.

The second panel will feature women who have been successful in their careers. Panelists include: Cara Smith, chief policy officer for Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart; Jean Franczyk, CEO and president of the Chicago Botanic Garden; Gwenn Rausch, CEO of Heartland Health Centers; and Eva Peroulas, clinical nurse manager of the Family Birthing and Women's Health Center at Swedish Covenant Hospital.

What:              Women: Information for Inspiration

When:             4:30-7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 6

Where:            St. Andrew Greek Orthodox Church, 5649 N. Sheridan Road

Who:               State Senator Heather Steans, State Representatives Kelly Cassidy and Greg Harris,
                        48th Ward Ald. Harry Osterman, organizations that support women, panelists.

Senator Heather Steans

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7th District

Years served: 2008 - Present

Committee assignments: Appropriations I (Chairperson); Appropriations II; Environment and Conservation; Executive Appointments; Executive; Government Accountability/Pensions; Human Services; Oversight Medicaid Mang. Care, Spec (Chairperson); Subcommittee on Special Issues (HS) (Sub-Chairperson).

Biography: Born May 8, 1963, in Lake Forest, IL; B.A. in Urban Studies from Princeton; M.A. in Public Policy from Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government; former budget director, WI Department of Industry, Labor and Human Relations and former strategic planner, Chicago Public Schools; married (husband, Leo Smith) with three children.

Associated Representatives:
Kelly M. Cassidy
Gregory Harris