The Majority Report 02/15/19 - Minimum wage and fair maps


Sims supports new criminal justice reform effort

Sen. Elgie R. Sims Jr.

State Senator Elgie R. Sims Jr. is signaling his support for a renewed focus on criminal justice reform in Illinois.

Sims, a Chicago Democrat and chair of the Senate Criminal Law Committee, reacted positively after the governor took executive action recently to form the Justice, Equity and Opportunity Initiative, which aims to centralize and modernize Illinois’ efforts.

“Communication, research and action are crucial to reform our state’s criminal justice system. For that reason, I commend (the Pritzker administration) for forming this initiative, which aims to tackle this issue on all three fronts,” Sims said.

“It is vital that we do everything we can to ensure that we are best serving at-risk communities, and actively working to help individuals gain stability once they are released from prison. Continue reading.



Villivalam commends House approval of minimum wage

Sen. Ram Villivalam

State Senator Ram Villivalam (D-Chicago) is pleased that members of the Illinois House last week voted to incrementally raise the state’s minimum wage to $15 per hour.

“This legislation will provide working people with a sense of dignity, fairness and stability in everyday life. Furthermore, it will allow working families to spend money on things they need, which results in a boost to our local economies,” he said.

This legislation is the result of the hard work and collaboration of numerous people and organizations that support the effort. It includes tax credits for small businesses while putting 1.4 million workers on a path to a living wage. Labor organizations and business groups, such the Illinois Restaurant Association, are in support.

Once it becomes law, the new minimum wage will be phased in over six years to provide businesses time to adapt. Continue reading.



Glowiak joins fight for fair maps

Sen. Suzy Glowiak

State Senator Suzy Glowiak (D-Western Springs) is supporting the fight for fair maps in Illinois.

Glowiak signed on as a sponsor of a plan to remove the General Assembly and governor from the redistricting process and require legislative maps to be drawn by an independent, 16-member commission.

“This measure promotes a just and transparent process to ensure the people of Illinois have a voice in the manner legislative maps are established,” Glowiak said. “Removing politicians from the process will put a stop to gerrymandering in our great state.”

The bipartisan amendment will give voters a chance to give greater input on the legislative redistricting process and promote transparency through public hearings.

“The process outlined in this constitutional amendment will allow for the legislative map to be drawn by an independent group working in the best interests of our state, not politicians who are looking out for themselves,” Glowiak said. Continue reading.



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