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Sandoval named to Pritzker’s Infrastructure Committee

Published: Thursday, December 13, 2018 09:58 AM

Sandoval named to Pritzker Infrastructure comCHICAGO – State Senator Martin A. Sandoval (D-Chicago), Chairman of the Illinois Senate’s Transportation Committee, was named to Governor-elect JB Pritzker’s Restoring Illinois’ Infrastructure Committee last week.

“As the chair of the Senate Special Committee on Supplier Diversity, I work to ensure public and private sector institutions offer opportunities for business and job growth for minority, women and Veteran owned businesses, and I’ll do the same on this transition committee,” Sandoval said. “This work will build on the incoming administration’s commitment to building a state government that is representative of the people of Illinois, and I can’t wait to get started.”

The committee is the 10th of several working groups of the transition to help guide the incoming Pritzker-Stratton administration. The committee will be chaired by Senator Sandoval, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos, Congressman Dan Lipinski, Congressman-elect Jesús Garcia, and State Rep. Jay Hoffman. The committee consists of 45 members.

“Illinois’ role as a transportation hub for the nation is a critical component of our economy,” said Governor-elect JB Pritzker. “My administration will prioritize a comprehensive 21st Century Capital Bill to build the infrastructure we need to restore Illinois’ place as an economic leader.”

Sandoval said he looks forward to continuing to serve Illinois and the residents of the Southwest Side of Chicago.

“Governor-elect Pritzker and I are both committed to moving Illinois forward,” Sandoval said. “I look forward to this opportunity to serve with such a diverse and hard-working committee.

Bertino-Tarrant’s new laws increase college affordability in Illinois

Published: Thursday, December 13, 2018 09:52 AM

jbt 041118 3PLAINFIELD —Two new state laws that make dual-credit courses more available to high school students will take effect Jan. 1.

Illinois Senate Education Committee Chair Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) championed the two laws, the first of which requires public universities and community colleges to work with local high schools to ensure students are credited for their dual-credit courses taken in high school

The second prohibits limiting the number of courses and credits a student may receive from dual credit courses.

Sims named chair of Council of State Governments Midwest

Published: Monday, December 10, 2018 09:27 AM

sims 121018SPRINGFIELD —The Council of State of Governments Midwest Leadership Conference, which includes lawmakers of 11 Midwestern states and four Canadian provinces, swore in State Senator Elgie R. Sims Jr. as chair during the weekend.

“Serving in this role is a tremendous honor as it allows me to represent Illinois while working with and on behalf of my legislative colleagues from across the Midwest and Canada,” said Sims, a Democrat from Chicago.

“This honor would not be possible without the support of the people of Illinois’ 17th District. Each day, I am inspired by them to do more to better serve my constituents and people throughout the state.”

Sims will succeed Indiana State Sen. Ed Charbonneau.

The Midwest Leadership Conference brings together the region’s policymakers to advance efforts that improve state government.

“I take pride in working with CSG. It challenges legislators to move past today’s partisan politics to produce policy outcomes that are in the best interest of the people we represent,” Sims said. “I look forward to working with my colleagues, on both sides of the aisle, to find common ground and advance initiatives to help the people of communities throughout the Midwest and in Canada.”

Sims will host the 74th annual meeting July 21-24, 2019, in downtown Chicago.

Bush, Harmon discuss gender equity at Gatehouse Media panel

Published: Thursday, December 06, 2018 03:24 PM

bush harmon 120618State Senator Don Harmon (D-Oak Park) and State Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake) discussed the state’s progress toward gender equity at a panel in Springfield on Wednesday.

The panel, hosted by the Better Government Association and Gatehouse Media, asked participants to examine the progress made since the start of the #MeToo movement and what else needs to be done. Senator Jil Tracy and Rep. Carol Ammons also spoke.

Bush said she struggled during her first four years in Springfield, feeling like her thoughts and opinions did not carry as much value as her male colleagues. But, she said, the cultural shift of the past few years has affirmed her value, and she hopes it has for all women.

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