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  • Political rights for 17-year-olds expanded in Illinois

    Political rights for 17-year-olds expanded in IllinoisSPRINGFIELD - Seventeen-year-olds soon will be receiving more rights when it comes to getting involved in the political process.

    House Bill 6167, which was sponsored by Senator Terry Link (D-Vernon Hills), was signed into law today. The new law would allow 17-year-olds to vote in the primary of a consolidated election if they would be 18 by the time of the consolidated election. Consolidated elections are held primarily for local offices, like school boards, city councils and village boards.

    “We should be opening up access to the voting booth for those who will be 18 to have a full say in who represents them at every level of government,” Link said.

  • Unclaimed property legislation signed into law

    link 052616SPRINGFIELD—A measure restricting the amount of time that unclaimed property can sit with government entities was signed into law on Friday.

    Senate Bill 2783, sponsored by State Senator Terry Link (D-Vernon Hills), will change the time that a government entity can hold on to unclaimed property from 7 years to 5 years. Currently, after 7 years, it has to be sent to the state treasurer to be put into the I-Cash system that tries to return unclaimed property to its rightful owner.

    “This new law will allow the state treasurer to get someone’s rightful property to them sooner,” Link said. “We are talking about unclaimed checks that are doing nothing but collecting dust. Now we can work towards getting it to where it can be utilized.”

    The proposal was an initiative of State Treasurer Michael Frerichs who has made it a priority to get unclaimed property where it belongs.

    “This simple step can make a big difference to thousands of families in our state,” Illinois Treasurer Michael Frerichs said. “Cities and other units of local government do not mean to retain this property. This change can relieve a government burden, reduce paperwork, and return money to where it belongs.”

    The legislation passed both chambers with bipartisan support.

  • Link measure to modernize elections becomes law

    Link measure to modernize elections becomes lawSPRINGFIELD - A measure sponsored by State Senator Terry Link that would assist in cleaning voter rolls and modernizing the election process was signed into law Thursday.

    The legislation, Senate Bill 1529, would allow the state to create the Electronic Registration Information (ERIC) Operations Fund. ERIC is an organization that collects voter information across states to update voter rolls.

    “Something that we continually have to do is preserve the integrity of our elections. By investing in our election system, we can ensure a smoother and more transparent process,” Link said.

  • Link passes legislation to make Illinois REAL ID compliant

    link realIDSPRINGFIELD—Illinois residents could avoid security problems at airports and other federal buildings thanks to legislation passed by Senator Terry Link (D-Vernon Hills).

    In January, Illinois officials were told they had two years to comply with federal REAL ID requirements or Illinois residents would have extra headaches in TSA lines throughout the country. The Illinois Secretary of State’s office implemented many changes, but others required legislative approval.

    “Ensuring that Illinoisans can enter federal buildings and utilize the services of airports is critical for our economy and general well-being,” Link said. “It is time that we comply with the federal law and make sure all Illinoisans follow the REAL ID act.”

    Senate Bill 637 would pave the way for Illinois to be in compliance with federal law by doing the three following:

    1. Require proof of lawful presence in the United States. If proof is not available the applicant for a driver’s license will be given a temporary visitors driver’s license.
    2. Bar residents from having both a driver’s license and an ID card at the same time.
    3. Limit the validity of a driver’s license or ID card to no more than eight years.

    The Senate voted to pass the legislation and it now goes to the governor’s desk for final approval.

  • Link fights to protect car buyers

    link usedcarSPRINGFIELD—Consumers soon could receive more warranty protection when buying a used car in Illinois thanks to legislation sponsored by State Senator Terry Link (D-Vernon Hills).

    Under House Bill 4377, used automobile sales would include an implied warranty that would last for 15 days after the purchase or until 500 miles are driven, whichever comes first. The implied warranty would allow a buyer to give notice of a breach of warranty to the seller to allow for a remedy.

  • Link pushes for transparency in criminal sentencing

    link 052616SPRINGFIELD—State Senator Terry Link (D-Vernon Hills) is fighting to change the way defendants are informed about the consequences that could face them if they plead guilty to or are convicted of a crime.

    House Bill 2569, sponsored by Link in the Senate, would require judges inform defendants of the maximum and minimum penalties they may face.

    “Our judicial system is built on due process and individual rights,” Link said. “How can we say that the judicial system is fair when defendants may not fully understand the consequences they face if they are convicted or plead guilty?”

    The legislation also requires judges to inform defendants that they could face increased penalties if they commit additional crimes in the future.

    “Many defendants may plead guilty or be convicted without any idea what the future will bring in their lives,” Link said.

    The legislation now moves to the House for a final vote.

  • Senate pushes to fund promised student college grants

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  • Link pushes for suffrage at 17

    Link pushes for suffrage at 17SPRINGFIELD - Seventeen-year-olds throughout Illinois could see expanded voting rights because of legislation Senator Terry Link (D-Vernon Hills) is pushing through the Illinois Senate.

    House Bill 6167 would allow 17-year-olds throughout the state to vote in the consolidated primary election if they will be 18 by the consolidated election. This is an expansion of the law that allowed 17-year-olds to vote in the general primary election if they were 18 by the general election.

  • Link: Insurance companies must cover MS

    link msSPRINGFIELD—Illinois citizens with multiple sclerosis soon could receive easier access to medically necessary physical therapy due to legislation passed by Senator Terry Link (D-Vernon Hills).

    Senate Bill 2596 would require that physical therapy for MS patients shall match the Illinois Essential Health Benefits Plan. It would include unlimited visits to a registered physical therapist when a physician writes up a plan.

    “One of the best steps someone with MS can take to delay or prevent future problems is participating in physical therapy. By restricting one’s access to this medically necessary therapy, insurance companies are allowing damage to be done,” Link said. “We need to step in to ensure that everyone is able to receive the proper care they need.”

    The legislation now moves to the House for further consideration.

  • Sen. Link fights for surviving spouses of veterans

    link042116SPRINGFIELD—Surviving spouses of Illinois veterans would benefit from an extended property tax exemption under legislation sponsored by Senator Terry Link (D-Vernon Hills).

    “Veterans put their lives on the line to defend our country. Their families also are a part of that sacrifice, and we should be there for them as well,” Link said.

    Senate Bill 3042 would extend the property tax exemption to all surviving spouses of veterans who would have been eligible for the property tax exemption as long as the spouse is the property owner, is their permanent residence and does not remarry.

    “Protecting the families of those who defend our country should be a top priority of this General Assembly. We need to continue to honor our veterans and help their families even when our service members are gone,” Link said.

    The legislation moves on to the House for further consideration.

  • Senator Link on government consolidation

    Senator Terry Link (D-Vernon Hills) defends SJRCA29, an effort to consolidate the office of the lieutenant governor.


  • Spending authority to end the 2016 budget impasse (AUDIO)

    trotter sb2046Today, the Illinois Senate passed legislation that could essentially end the 2016 budget year stalemate.

    Some 90 percent of the state spending plan already is in place because of various court orders, leaving just higher education and many social services, which serve thousands of Illinois’ most vulnerable citizens, left unfunded. This afternoon the Senate concurred with the House on Senate Bill 2046 and approved spending authority for the state’s public universities and social services left unfunded during the budget impasse.

  • Senator Link passes unclaimed property legislation

    link 041216SPRINGFIELD—State officials would be able to shorten the time it takes to reunite people with unclaimed property and money under legislation that Senator Terry Link (D-Vernon Hills) passed out of the Senate today.

    Senate Bill 2783 would require government entities to report unclaimed property as abandoned after five years instead of seven, giving the Illinois treasurer the ability to alert people about unclaimed property nearly two years earlier than before.

    “This could be a potential paycheck that is doing nothing but collecting dust in a vault somewhere,” Link said. “We need to be proactive in getting this property in the hands of those who can benefit from it and do some good with it.”

    The legislation passed the Illinois Senate. It now moves to the House for consideration.

  • Link pushes legislation to open care up for MS patients

    link 040616SPRINGFIELD—People struggling with multiple sclerosis may no longer have to worry about restrictions on getting the care they need.

    Senator Terry Link (D-Vernon Hills) proposed Senate Bill 2596, which would allow patients with multiple sclerosis to receive the necessary treatment without restrictions.

    Currently, insurance companies by law are required to cover medically necessary preventative physical therapy for patients with multiple sclerosis, but that can be limited by a health insurance plan’s waiting periods, cost sharing limits, treatment limits and annual caps.

    “Medically necessary treatment is being effectively denied through many of these restrictions insurance companies are allowed to put on those with multiple sclerosis,” said Link. “It is unfathomable that those with insurance are not being allowed to get the care they need when they need it.”

    According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, more than 20,000 individuals in Illinois are currently living with MS.

    The legislation would eliminate the ability of insurance companies to institute treatment limits or calendar year maximums for patients with MS who are seeking preventative physical or rehabilitative therapy.

    The legislation passed the Senate Insurance committee recently and now heads to the full Senate.

  • Link proposes unclaimed property legislation

    link 030916SPRINGFIELD—People who may not have realized they have property sitting at government entities will find out much earlier that their unclaimed property is with the state treasurer waiting to be claimed.

    Senator Terry Link (D-Vernon Hills) has proposed legislation (SB 2783) that would require government entities to report unclaimed property as abandoned after five years instead of seven. This would allow the treasurer to receive the unclaimed property and attempt to alert someone to this nearly two years earlier.

    “For some people it could be a paycheck that got returned to the entity. That would do more good in the hands of the person it belonged to instead of sitting in a vault somewhere,” said Link.

    The legislation would bring government entities in line with private companies in needing to report any unclaimed property as abandoned after five years. After being reported as abandoned it is sent to the state treasurer’s office who maintains all unclaimed property.

    If anyone believes they may have unclaimed property, they should go to icash.illinois.gov.

  • Senate votes to override Rauner veto of MAP, college funding (AUDIO)

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  • No mention of college, seniors, disabled, veterans in Rauner budget speech (VIDEO)

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  • Senate welcomes President back to Springfield

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  • Senate Democrats react to State of the State address (VIDEO)

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  • Senate sends local funding measure to governor

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