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Villivalam supports balanced budget moving Illinois toward economic stability

Published: Sunday, June 02, 2019 02:35 PM

villivalam 021519SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Ram Villivalam voted today to approve a budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

I am proud to have worked in a bipartisan manner to pass a balanced budget that meets our obligations to the people in the state of Illinois," said Villivalam. "This balanced budget is an important step to putting the state of Illinois on a path of fiscal responsibility."

In voting for this budget, Senator Villivalam supports: Funding for the Community Care Program and the Adult Day Services program, which provides critical care for seniors; Funding to expand and increase awareness of the Child Care Assistance Program, which helps working families with child care expenses; Making the state's pension payments; Paying the backlog of bills.

Villivalam measure to assist Asian-American families approved by the Senate

Published: Thursday, May 30, 2019 10:55 AM

villivalam 011819SPRINGFIELD – Legislation sponsored by State Senator Ram Villivalam that would increase opportunities for state assistance to Asian-American families passed the Senate last night.

 “I’m incredibly proud to be sponsoring legislation that can only stand to enhance the lives Asian-American families in Illinois,” Villivalam (D-Chicago) said. “Much like the African American and Latino Family Commissions operating in the state, the goal of the Asian-American Family Commission is the same: to understand the needs of and better serve the their respective community.”

HB 3217 creates the Asian American Family Commission and would require the Commission to advise the Governor and General Assembly and work with state agencies to improve and expand existing policies, services, programs and opportunities for Asian American families.

“Through this Commission we will ensure that productive policies are being enacted and that Asian-American families are able to access state programs that are designed to ease the burden they face,” Villivalam said. 

This legislation awaits the governor’s signature to become law.

Villivalam expands access to baby changing stations

Published: Wednesday, May 22, 2019 02:25 PM

Baby changing stationSPRINGFIELD – Legislation that would increase the availability of baby changing facilities in public buildings passed the Senate today.

State Senator Ram Villivalam is the chief sponsor of this initiative.

“There are a number of challenges that young families face today,” Villivalam (D-Skokie) said. “This legislation aims to remove one of these challenges by ensuring that parents, regardless of gender, have more access to a baby changing station and can provide important care for their children.”

Villivalam works to protect children of detainees harmed by Trump administration

Published: Thursday, May 16, 2019 03:38 PM

villivalam 051619SPRINGFIELD – Legislation to streamline the process of appointing a guardian for those children whose parents have been taken into federal immigration custody under an initiative by State Senator Ram Villivalam that passed the Senate today.

"Now more than ever, it is our duty at the state level to support immigrant families devastated by the White House's xenophobic immigration policies," Villivalam (D-Chicago) said. "We need to do whatever is in our power to give parents and guardians at risk of detention or deportation peace of mind. They should have the power to choose who will care for their children should they be forcibly separated, ensuring their children are being taken care of in a safe, nurturing environment. It's the least we can do.”

HB 836 would allow a court to proceed on an appointment of a guardian of a minor if the parents are unable to give consent to the appointment. The appointee would be allowed to extend their guardianship for 365 days, if the administrative separation is ongoing. The petition for the appointment must include information about the case including the time of separation and the known location of the parents.

This legislation awaits the governor’s signature to become law.

Sen. Ram Villivalam

Sen. Ram Villivalam

8th District

Years served: 2019–Present

Committee assignments: Appropriations I; Appropriations II; Education; Human Services; Labor; Transportation (Vice-Chairperson); Subcommittee on Capital.

Associated Representatives:
John C. D'Amico
Yehiel M. Kalish