Biss honored as term nears end

biss 112818The Illinois Senate honored Senator Daniel Biss’ term in office today with a resolution celebrating his service as his term comes to an end, as the Senator from Evanston thanked his colleagues and family for their support during his endeavors in the General Assembly.

Coming to the Senate from the Illinois House of Representatives in 2013, the Harvard graduate and holder of a Ph.D. in mathematics from MIT was known for his advocacy of women, minorities and LGBT persons, his interest in modernizing Illinois law to address rapidly evolving technologies and his creation of the Secure Choice Savings Program for retirees.

Biss bill tightening background checks on ride-share drivers becomes law

rideshare 080718SPRINGFIELD – A bill requiring ride-share drivers to provide more personal information for background checks became law today.

The new law, sponsored by State Senator Daniel Biss (D-Evanston), requires all individuals who are applying to be a driver for a ride-sharing service to provide their full legal name, social security number, and date of birth.

“People who use ride-sharing services as a method of transportation deserve to know who’s driving the car they’re getting into,” said Biss. “By requiring drivers to provide more than just basic information, ride-sharing companies are now held to the same standard that other licensed transportation services have been held to for years.”

Previously, prospective drivers only had to provide their address, age, driver’s license number, motor vehicle registration and automobile insurance liability.

The genesis of the bill was an incident in Biss’s district, when a ride-share driver was arrested for a suspected DUI with a passenger in their car. The driver had been under court supervision for a previous DUI.

House Bill 4416 passed the Senate and the House with bipartisan support, and effective immediately.

Biss measure easing financial burden on youth care recipients becomes law

biss 022818SPRINGFIELD – A bill sponsored by State Senator Daniel Biss easing the financial burden on people who grew up in youth care was signed into law today.

“Those who grew up in youth care already face many obstacles and burdens in their journey to being self-sufficient adults, so easing some of the pressure involved with obtaining their personal information is the least we can do,” said Biss, an Evanston Democrat.

Currently, the fee for accessing birth records from the Department of Public Health ranges from $10 - $15. The new law allows for young adults who can verify they were once in youth care to have these fees waived until they reach 27 years of age.

House Bill 4909 passed both houses of the General Assembly with no opposition, and is effective immediately.

Biss reacts to gun dealer licensing compromise

SPRINGFIELD – Following the Illinois Senate’s passage of a compromise on gun dealer licensing, Senator Daniel Biss issued the following statement:

“It is long past time to improve our nation’s inadequate gun laws to save lives. This measure provides our law enforcement agencies more information about gun purchases,” said Biss (D-Evanston). “This long-overdue regulatory action should be the first step toward comprehensive gun safety reform.”

Senator Daniel Biss


9th Senate District

Years served: 2011 - 2012 (House); 2013 - 2018 (Senate)

Committee assignments: Education; Environment and Conservation; Executive Appointments; Human Services; Labor (Chairperson); Revenue.

Biography: Full-time legislator; former University of Chicago math professor; doctorate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and undergraduate degree from Harvard University. Served one term in the House before his election to the Senate. Resides in Evanston with his wife, Karin, and their children, Elliot and Theodore. Co-chair of a bipartisan pensions working group in the House and chair of the Digital Divide Elimination Advisory Committee.