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Senate Dems react to Trump's DACA decision

Castro DACA 080617This week, Senate Democrats expressed disappointment and outrage at the Trump administration’s backward decision to rescind legal and immigration protection for children who were brought to this country and are now productive parts of our economy and society.

Senator Cristina Castro spoke at a press conference with other state and local elected officials business leaders, and two Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients in support of Dreamers and a legislative solution to the Trump administration's announcement he would end the program.

Stadelman ‘right to Yelp’ measure becomes law

yelp 050217SPRINGFIELD – Legislation protecting the rights of consumers to leave honest online reviews of products and services without fear of retaliation was signed into law last Friday by Gov. Bruce Rauner.

The measure was sponsored by State Senator Steve Stadelman (D-Rockford).

The measure prevents companies and service providers from enforcing non-disparagement clauses included in sales contracts. Such clauses typically include language that prohibits consumers from leaving negative feedback about the retailer.

Martinez measure creating REAL ID license option becomes law

martinez 082217SPRINGFIELD — Drivers can now apply for a driver’s license that meets federal ID requirements and makes it easier for them to fly, with Gov. Bruce Rauner signing legislation today that Majority Caucus Whip Iris Y. Martinez (D-Chicago) advanced out of the Senate earlier this year.

House Bill 395, which Martinez sponsored in the Senate, creates a two-tiered REAL ID system under which applicants for drivers’ licenses and identification cards may choose to apply for either a REAL ID-compliant license/ID card or a non-compliant license/ID card. Becoming REAL ID-compliant is a federal requirement.

Lightford measure banning preschool expulsions now law

Lightford 081417SPRINGFIELD- Children in public preschools are more than three times more likely to be expelled than children in kindergarten through 12th grades, according to a report by Fight Crime: Invest in Kids Illinois. Those numbers could soon change under a proposal led by Assistant Majority Leader Kimberly A. Lightford (D-Maywood) that was signed into law today.

The proposal would prohibit the expulsion of children enrolled in early childhood programs receiving grants from the Illinois State Board of Education. The legislation focuses on transitioning children to programs that better fit a child’s needs.