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Morrison’s proposal improving care for sexual assault survivors signed into law

morrison 053018SPRINGFIELD – A proposal passed by State Senator Julie Morrison (D-Deerfield) to improve medical care for survivors of rape and sexual assault was signed into law today.

“Survivors of rape or sexual assault face many hurdles, including physical and mental obstacles that can prevent healing and justice,” Morrison said. “This new law will ensure our medical facilities and their staff are able to provide top-notch care to victims and help them overcome at least some of the obstacles.”

Morrison’s new law, passed under House Bill 5245, House Bill 5245 is a package of reforms meant to expedite the overall medical care of sexual assault survivors. The proposal would ensure survivors of sexual assault receive prompt medical treatment within 90 minutes of arriving at a hospital and also that medical personnel are trained to perform rape kits and other examinations needed after a sexual assault.

Ensuring all rape kits and examinations are performed in a timely manner by trained medical professionals makes prosecuting offenders much more attainable.  

Attorney General Lisa Madigan championed the proposal after increased attention has been drawn to the issue of untrained medical professionals treating survivors of sexual assault.

House Bill 5245 was signed into law today and takes effect immediately.

New Sims law reestablishes commission to review police practices

sims 052418CHICAGO—State Senator Elgie R. Sims Jr., a Democrat from Chicago, is pleased to announce the Commission on Police Professionalism will continue to review police practices to ensure better police-community relations.

The commission was established when a groundbreaking law enforcement reform package became law in 2015. This legislation, signed into law today, includes many recommendations issued by President Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing and extends the commission’s sunset date from Dec. 31, 2018 to July 1, 2019.

New laws by Collins simplify teaching licensure, fight chronic absences

collins ok 081318SPRINGFIELD – Under two new education provisions by State Senator Jacqueline Collins,  qualified individuals working toward their teaching credentials will have a smoother path to obtaining them, and schools will review chronic absence data to find ways of fighting truancy.

“A successful education hinges on many factors outside the classroom,” Collins said. “By diversifying the pool of future educators and investigating the barriers students and their families face before they even arrive at school, we’re addressing some of the most pressing issues affecting our students. I am gratified the governor has signed these important measures into law.”

Bertino-Tarrant passes law to increase college affordability

jbt 030918PLAINFIELD — Illinois students will have additional opportunities to lower the out-of-pocket costs of their college education thanks to State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood).

Bertino-Tarrant championed Senate Bill 2527 to prohibit school boards from limiting the number of dual-credit courses taken by a student. It was signed into law Friday.

“Dual-credit courses offer great economic benefits to families,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “As the mother of a high school sophomore, I know what parents are going through. Like any other parent, I want my children to graduate college full of opportunities, not burdened with student loans.”

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