The Majority Report 07/12/15 - People are the top priority


Governor’s plan takes aid away from seniors, disabled

Governor’s plan takes aid away from seniors, disabledThousands of elderly and disabled Illinoisans who manage to remain independent thanks to effective and efficient assistance programs would lose that help under a policy change pushed by Gov. Bruce Rauner.

That’s the harsh reality behind the governor’s policies too often described with feel good, media-friendly platitudes. So, the Illinois Senate Democrats have scheduled a hearing for 3 p.m. Tuesday, July 14 to explore the real world effects and human toll.

The hearing begins at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, July 14 in Room 212 of the Capitol. You can listen in at




Working, learning, growing

Working, learning, growingFor years, the Child Care Assistance Program has helped working families become active in our economy. But now, Gov. Rauner is trying to take it away from thousands of parents even though it would mean working moms having to quit their jobs and possibly ending up on more expensive government assistance programs.

To better understand what’s at stake, Senator Melinda Bush visited Dortha Rivers, who runs a child care center in Zion. Bush helped with story time and other educational activities. Afterward, the Senator joined advocates in calling for full funding of the program so parents can continue working, the children can keep learning and our economy can continue growing.

You can read more about her story here.





R-E-S-P-E-C-TJust this month, the Illinois State Police captured an escaped Iowa prison inmate and assisted the Queen of Soul herself, Aretha Franklin, when her tour bus broke down in Chicago. Those are just a couple high-profile examples of the work State Police Troopers do every day to protect and serve the people of Illinois.

Illinois Senate Democrats think it’s important Troopers be paid for their duty along with other emergency personnel such as the Illinois National Guard and prison guards. That’s why the Senate Democrats approved an emergency budget that would ensure payroll continues through July while lawmakers work on a balanced approach to a balanced state budget.

According to news reports, Aretha Franklin’s tour bus broke down on I-290 early last Monday. When she couldn’t find transportation, the State Police and Illinois Department of Transportation provided assistance.

“They gave her some R-E-S-P-E-C-T,” Franklin’s manager, Clarence Waldon, told the Daily Herald. “They definitely jumped right to it when they heard she was having difficulty.”

The previous day, an Illinois State Police Trooper spotted an escaped Iowa prison inmate near Geneseo, IL. The escapee, Justin James Kestner, fled into a corn field, but eventual exited and was taken into custody.


Keeping jobs local

Keeping jobs localState Senator Andy Manar’s efforts to ensure a high-speed rail project through Springfield employs local workers and meets minority hiring goals recently received final approval from lawmakers.

“We have a responsibility to ensure that the workers and businesses benefiting from this project represent the neighborhoods impacted by the construction,” Manar said.







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