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The Majority Report 12/07/14 - Listening to voters, modernizing elections, cyber safety


Minimum wage

Sen. Lightford - Minimum Wage

This week the Illinois Senate voted to raise Illinois' minimum wage to $11 per hour over the next four years. "On November 4, 67 percent of Illinois voters told us they wanted a minimum wage of at least $10 per hour. In the Illinois Senate, we respect the will of the people, and we voted to raise the wage," said Assistant Majority Leader Kimberly A. Lightford, (D-Maywood) who has worked for years to raise the minimum wage and sponsored this legislation. "I intend to keep fighting to raise the wage until everyone who works 40 hours per week makes a living wage."

Read more about the Senate's action



Same-day voter registration

Same-day voter registrationLast year, the General Assembly passed a law creating a pilot program to allow people to register to vote or update their voting addresses on Election Day. It was a resounding success. Some same day voter registration sites had lines out the door. This week, the General Assembly passed legislation making same day voter registration permanent and expanding locations.

"Making it easier to vote encourages people to participate in our democracy," said State Senator Don Harmon, (D-Oak Park) the measure's sponsor. "I believe we should do everything we can to make voting easier. The more people who vote and participate in government, the better."

Find out more about the new election law


Cyber safety

Cyber safetyIn an effort to curb the growing cyberbullying phenomenon known as "revenge porn," State Senator Michael Hastings (D-Tinley Park) passed legislation making it a felony to share sexually explicit videos or photos of another person without that person's consent. This cyber intimidation usually involves posting or sharing sexual images or videos of an ex-partner as a form of revenge after a break-up. Oftentimes, the posts include names, addresses, e-mail addresses and other information that invite varying forms of harassment, including cyberbullying and cyberstalking.

Learn more about the Senate's efforts to crack down on this heinous activity




Saving for tomorrow

Saving for tomorrowAmerica has a retirement security crisis. In Illinois alone, 2.5 million private sector workers have no way to save for retirement through their employers and risk retiring deep into poverty. But that's about to change. This week, the Senate gave final approval to innovative legislation crafted by State Sen. Daniel Biss (D-Evanston) that, if signed into law, would make Illinois the first state to automatically provide most private sector workers with portable Roth IRA savings accounts.

More details about the first-in-the-nation Illinois Secure Choice program




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