Senator Fine works to alleviate stress for students in debt

SPRINGFIELD – Student debt is the second leading source of consumer debt in America, just behind mortgage loans. Illinois students across the state would have more options to protect themselves from falling behind on their student debt under a measure championed through the Higher Education Committee by State Senator Laura Fine (D-Glenview).

“Student debt is an enormous burden on students and the economy,” Fine said. “This bill gives students a pathway to economic stability by creating a debt repayment plan that will rein in fees and interest charges. It also prohibits withholding of transcripts that may inhibit students from seeking employment.”

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Morrison fights for free-of-charge health services for survivors of sexual assault

SPRINGFIELD – To lessen the mental and emotional strain of receiving treatment and care following a sexual assault, State Senator Julie Morrison (D-Lake Forest) is fighting for survivors’ treatments and medications to be free-of-charge for up to 180 days following the assault.

“Recovery, both physical and emotional, from sexual assault takes time,” Morrison said. “Cost associated with treatment for sexual violence should not become added weight on the shoulders of someone already struggling.”

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Feigenholtz, Peters, Stadelman introduce measure to grow state's tech industry

SPRINGFIELD – To strengthen Illinois’ tech economy, State Senator Sara Feigenholtz (D-Chicago) introduced legislation that would allow smartphone app companies to do business directly with their customers and avoid a fee to smartphone companies.

“Governments create fair marketplaces in every industry with appropriate protections for entrepreneurs and consumers," Feigenholtz said. "Our laws need to catch up to the smartphone app economy by providing the legal freedom for businesses and their customers to work directly together.”

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