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The Majority Report 06/15/18 - Looking ahead to the 2020 Census


Jones seeks to ensure Illinois has accurate 2020 Census

Sen. Emil Jones III

A new Illinois commission launched by State State Senator Emil Jones III will help to ensure diverse populations in Chicago and throughout Illinois are properly counted in the 2020 U.S. Census.

His legislation creating the Illinois Complete Count Commission was passed in response to a U.S. Census Bureau report indicating the 2010 census undercounted minorities in the United States by nearly 1.5 million, with African Americans, Hispanics, renters and young men not properly counted.

“It’s a shame that some of our most vulnerable citizens — people of color and low-income residents — are continuously being underrepresented,” said Jones, a Chicago Democrat. “This only leads to fewer federal dollars being spent in these areas and less representation in Washington. This commission will help prevent this problem from happening again.”

The Illinois Complete Count Commission will develop, recommend and help administer an outreach strategy to encourage full participation in the Census.

“It’s important that we get ahead of the issue this time around, and use this commission to make sure all communities in Chicago and other areas of Illinois are equally accounted for in the 2020 Census,” Jones said.


Equifax breach prompts Illinois to take action

Sen. Bill CunninghamIllinois consumers no longer will be forced to pay to freeze their credit reports so they can protect themselves against identity theft thanks to a new law sponsored by State Senator Bill Cunningham.

“This law guarantees that consumers will not have to pay a fee to protect their credit after a credit agency jeopardizes their personal information,” said Cunningham, who represents communities in Chicago and the southwest suburbs.

“By updating the law to allow consumers to place or lift a credit freeze electronically or over the phone, the measure ensures consumers are able take action to prevent or minimize damage to their credit.”

The law is a response to the massive Equifax data breach between May and July 2017. As many as 143 million Americans, including 5.4 million Illinois residents, may have been affected by the theft of private consumer information.

One way consumers can protect themselves from fraud is to freeze their credit reports. During a freeze, no new credit may be issued under their name and Social Security number. Until now, credit reporting agencies had been allowed to charge Illinois consumers up to $10 each time they asked to freeze or unfreeze their reports.

Under the new law, credit reporting agencies are barred from charging Illinois consumers to freeze their reports.


Suicide Awareness Day: Bringing a public health crisis to light

Suicide Awareness Day

Every year, more than 1,000 Illinoisans die by suicide, representing nearly three deaths each day. Teenagers between 15 and 19 have the highest suicide attempt rate for any age group in the state.

To bring attention to this serious public health concern, State Senator Julie Morrison (D-Deerfield) passed a resolution declaring June 13, 2018, Suicide Awareness Day in Illinois.

The date was selected to honor the efforts of the family and friends of Stephen T. Sexton, who died by suicide on June 13, 1987, when he was 27. During the past 30 years, the Stephen T. Sexton Foundation has funded suicide prevention and awareness programs in Illinois, providing more than $1 million for these programs.

For free, confidential support for people in distress and to learn more about prevention and crisis resources, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255.



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