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Castro: It’s important that immigrants know their rights and opportunities in Illinois

castro 080818SPRINGFIELD – Senator Cristina Castro (D-Elgin) issued the following statement today commending Gov. JB Pritzker for his commitment to immigrants, refuges and asylum seekers by expanding their access to welcoming centers.

“With the current anti-immigrant environment in our country, I am excited to see our governor take strides towards creating a more welcoming atmosphere for our state’s immigrants.”

“It is important that we inform immigrants about their rights and opportunities in Illinois and I am excited to work further with Gov. Pritzker on long-term immigration reform during this upcoming session.”

Bertino-Tarrant introduces measure to put a stop to frivolous taxpayer-funded stipends

Sen. Jennifer Bertino-TarrantPLAINFIELD— To help put a stop to political waste, State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) filed legislation today that would prohibit appointed short-term legislators from receiving taxpayer-funded stipends.

Bertino-Tarrant’s measure, Senate Bill 112, changes the General Assembly Compensation Act so that any member of the General Assembly who is appointed to the House of Representatives or Senate after May 31 of an even-numbered year may not receive additional salary for service as a chairman or minority spokesperson.

“Doling out frivolous taxpayer funded stipends is a blatant abuse of the public’s trust,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “We cannot afford to waste a single dime in our state’s budget. Tax dollars should be directed toward funding vital programs, not lining the pockets of political insiders.”

Koehler: Pritzker right to keep up fight against climate change

koehler 051618PEORIA – State Senator Dave Koehler (D-Peoria) agrees that more must be done to protect the environment from climate change after Gov. JB Pritzker today signed an executive order relating to the environment.

“If we don’t do anything to reduce our carbon emissions, we are eventually going reach the point of no return,” Koehler said. “Gov. Pritzker is right to continue this fight and I look forward to working with him to expand green energy production and green energy jobs in Illinois.”

Legal clinic seeks justice for housing fraud victims, Collins receives award for legislation targeting scams

collins ok 081318CHICAGO – State Senator Jacqueline Collins (D-Chicago) was the recipient of the first Lillie Pearl award from Mothers Opposed to Violence Everywhere (MOVE) in recognition of her legislative efforts on the same day a Chicago area legal clinic called on victims of alleged housing fraud to seek their help.

Collins received the award as Reverend Robin Hood, a West Side community activist and founding member of MOVE, and attorneys from Northwestern Pritzker School of Law’s Bluhm Legal Clinic announced they will partner on behalf of victims of Mark Diamond, who the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois charged with defrauding more than 120 homeowners in a reverse mortgage scheme. Hood presented Collins with the award on the organization’s behalf at William Penn Elementary School during the observance of Martin Luther King Day, citing her legislation providing homeowners protections from reverse mortgage fraud.

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