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Black Women’s Equal Pay Day

BlackWomens EqualPayDay 1Today, Tuesday, Aug. 7, is Black Women’s Equal Pay Day. The date – more than 200 days into 2018 – symbolizes the number of extra days the average black woman must work in a two-year span to match the single-year wages of an average white man.

When compared to all men, women are paid 80 cents on the dollar. Black women earn just 63 cents to each dollar a white man makes despite high education rates and growing participation in the workforce.

New fiscal year brings new state laws

CapitolSWJuly brings the beginning of a new fiscal year for the state, and several measures passed by the legislature and signed into law take effect on July 1.

Most notably, two new laws address Illinois education: one reaffirms the importance of learning cursive writing in Illinois schools and another addresses the statewide teacher shortage.

Supreme Court hands a win to Illinois communities, Main Street retailers

30436737336 4bc59f3a5c bSPRINGFIELD – Out-of-state online retailers will have to pay their fair share of local sales taxes – just like local companies must do – if they want to do business in Illinois, according to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling today that garnered praise from State Senator Cristina Castro.

“Times are different now, and a lot of people do their shopping online. It is important that out-of-state businesses are held accountable to their share of state revenues,” said Castro, an Elgin Democrat and the sponsor of a successful bipartisan measure that was contingent upon today’s ruling. That plan was incorporated into the state budget that was signed into law June 4.

Previously, out-of-state e-commerce retailers do not have to collect a sales tax, a practice that undercuts local retailers and denies revenue for local needs, such as road, bridge and sewer repairs.

Sandoval appointed Chair of Special Committee on Supplier Diversity

SenSandovalCHICAGO – State Senator Martin A. Sandoval (D-Chicago) has been appointed as the Chair of a first-in-the-nation bipartisan Special Committee on Supplier Diversity in the Illinois Senate.

Sandoval was appointed on May 31 by Senate President John J. Cullerton. Sandoval will be tasked with ensuring public and private sector institutions offer opportunities for business and job growth for minority-, women- and veteran-owned businesses.

“The best solution to reduce crime, improve schools, balance our budgets and improve our communities starts with good jobs,” Sandoval said. “Expanding opportunities for small businesses to create those jobs is my personal mission and passion.”

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