The Majority Report 10/15/18 - Munoz: All workers should be treated fairly


Munoz: All workers should be treated fairly

Sen. Tony MunozAssistant Majority Leader Antonio “Tony” Munoz last week commended the Illinois attorney general for her work in shutting down an employment agency charged with violations from its treatment of immigrant Latino workers.

“Regardless of a worker’s immigration status, they deserve to be treated fairly when employed by a business in Illinois and throughout the country,” Munoz (D-Chicago) said.

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan recently announced a consent decree that will shut down Xing Ying, an employment agency based in the Chinatown neighborhood, which is located in Munoz’s district. The business was charged with numerous federal and state civil rights violations because of its treatment of immigrant Latino workers.

“I don’t want any business in my district that violates the rights of working people and takes advantage of Latino immigrants,” Munoz said. “Those aren’t the type of jobs I advocate for, and I’m glad to see Xing Ying go.”

The consent decree stems from Madigan’s November 2015 lawsuit against three underground employment agencies that acted as central suppliers of workers for Chinese buffet-style restaurants across Illinois. More from the attorney general on the consent decree can be found here.


Cullerton honors Sister Jean for lifetime of work

Sen. President John Cullerton and Sister Jean

Illinois Senate President John Cullerton, a double alumnus of Loyola University Chicago, on Friday honored Loyola’s Sister Jean during her induction into the Illinois Department on Aging’s Senior Illinoisan Hall of Fame.

Cullerton nominated Sister Jean for the award because of her lifetime of work to expand access to higher education and assist students on their path to higher learning.

“Through her devotion and diligence, Sister Jean has expanded and diversified education in Illinois while remaining attentive and attuned to the needs of the students, whoever they may be,” Cullerton said.

The woman known to the nation as Sister Jean has been at the Loyola Ramblers’ side for years and has served as team chaplain since 1996.

“The simple fact is, Sister Jean has lived a life of service, one that has made this community and this institution forever better,” Cullerton said. “Her work is a daily reminder and inspiration for thousands of past, current and future students and colleagues.” Read more.


McGuire urges families to visit financial aid workshops

College studentsHigh school seniors, parents of students and prospective college students of all ages can make use of free workshops this October to help begin the 2019-2020 school year.

October is College Changes Everything Month, a project of the Illinois Student Assistance Commission. ISAC this month is offering free workshops to students and their families at local high schools where they can receive hands-on instruction filling out college applications and their FAFSAs from college and financial aid experts.

In addition, Oct. 1 was the first day the Free Application for Federal Student Aid form became available for the following year’s fall semester. State aid, including the MAP grant, is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so students should complete their FAFSA promptly to have the chance to access as much financial aid as possible.

“Navigating the college application and financial aid process can be tough for any family, but especially so for a family which never before has sent a child to college. That’s why ISAC’s College Changes Everything workshops are so necessary and so helpful,” said State Senator Pat McGuire, chairman of the Senate Higher Education Committee.

Read more.


Illinois at 200

On This Day, Oct. 11, 1936To mark the countdown to Illinois’ bicentennial on Dec. 3, all this year the Illinois Senate Democratic Caucus has published daily tributes to the people, places and events that have helped forge the state’s rich history.

From inventors and entertainers to our communities and the Capitol, Illinois has a lot to celebrate.

Last week’s bicentennial countdown featured the interment of Mother Jones in Union Miners Cemetery in Mount Olive in 1936, the arrival of the first locomotive for the Galena and Chicago Union Railroad in 1848, and the Great Chicago Fire in 1871.

To find all of our historical vignettes, visit I Like Illinois online, on Facebook and on Twitter. #IllinoisProud


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