Sen. Majority Leader Kimberly A. Lightford

Black Caucus demands racial equity at all levels of education and workforce development

CHICAGO — The Illinois Legislative Black Caucus called for equitable resources for Black students who have been historically marginalized and underserved last week, prior to a scheduled Senate committee hearing on the matter.

The Black Caucus discussed their efforts to develop an agenda to overcome racial disparities in early childhood education, K-12 education, higher education and workforce training.

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Bennett, Marron and Williams remind Vermilion County Residents to respond to 2020 Census

DANVILLE — With the 2020 Census entering the final stages of its count, State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) and State Representative Mike Marron (R-Fithian) are reminding Vermilion County residents to complete the census for their household.

“As the census draws to a close, I would encourage folks in Vermilion County to take a few minutes to complete the census so our community receives the resources and representation it deserves,” Bennett said. “Until there’s a 100% response rate, schools, roads, hospitals and other critical community services could be negatively affected. I encourage you to participate in the 2020 census and get counted before the Sept. 30 deadline.”

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Sen. Robert Peters / Sen. Elgie R. Sims Jr.

State lawmakers examine disparities in sentencing throughout Illinois

CHICAGO — Illinois legislators examined disparities in sentencing throughout Illinois during a virtual joint Senate committee hearing last week.

State Senator Elgie R. Sims, Jr. (D-Chicago), chair of the Senate Criminal Law Committee, and State Senator Robert Peters (D-Chicago), chair of the Senate Public Safety Special Committee, co-chaired the joint hearing. State Representative Justin Slaughter (D-Chicago), chair of the House Judiciary-Criminal Law Committee, and other members of the committee also participated.

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Water testing

Ellman applauds Illinois EPA's decision to begin testing for PFAS chemicals in water supplies

NAPERVILLE — The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency announced it will begin testing all community water supplies in the state for potential contaminants, a decision State Senator Laura Ellman (D-Naperville) says could help protect the health of both residents and the environment.

The Illinois EPA will begin testing for per- and polyfluoroaklyl substances (PFAS), human-made chemicals that do not occur naturally in the environment. They are widely used for waterproofing and stain-fighting applications in a range of commercial products such as waterproof clothing, food wrappers and many household products.

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In case you missed it


Senate President Don Harmon (Oak Park): Opinion | Don Harmon: Census affects more than you think | The Southern Illinoisan

Senator Linda Holmes (Aurora): State plans more small business grants | Chicago Tribune

Senators Elgie R. Sims, Jr. and Robert Peters (Chicago): Peters co-chairs committee hearing on criminal sentencing reforms: 'There is nothing prideful or righteous about clinging to failure' | Hype Park Herald

Senator Celina Villanueva (Chicago): State Senator calls on Gov. JB Pritzker to waive penalty weeks for unemployment during COVID-19 pandemic | CBS 2 Chicago


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