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Martinez holds annual Family Wellness and Back to School Fair

martinez fair1 080918Assistant Majority Leader Iris Y. Martinez (D-Chicago) held her annual Family Wellness and Back to School Fair on August 9, joined by co-host State Representative Jaime Andrade Jr. (D-Chicago), along with Alderman Carlos Ramirez-Rosa, Alderman Deb Mell and Commissioner Luis Arroyo Jr.

“For students to have a great school year, they need to start school healthy,” Martinez said. “With health care costs being so high, this event is an amazing opportunity for parents to get free services for their children like dental work and school physicals.”

New Manar law to direct state jobs to Sangamon County

CapitolSWSPRINGFIELD – A measure sponsored by State Senator Andy Manar reinforcing that state jobs should be in the Springfield area became law today.

“Springfield is the seat of our state government, so it is only natural that state jobs should be located there,” Manar said. “I want to thank Representative Jimenez for her hard work on this legislation and dedication to the people of downstate Illinois. This is a measure that has the potential to boost the economy in and around our capital city.”

Morrison bill to protect police dogs becomes law

policedog 080618SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Julie Morrison (D-Deerfield) passed a new law to provide greater safety protections to police dogs.

House Bill 1671, signed by the governor last week, creates the Police Service Dog Protection Act. It requires a vehicle transporting a police dog to be equipped with a heat sensor that remotely alerts law enforcement if the vehicle reaches 85 degrees. Vehicles will also be equipped with a safety mechanism to lower the temperature.

Collins urges Rauner to sign law creating Illinois Council on Women and Girls

collins 080718CHICAGO – Senator Jacqueline Collins stood alongside her legislative colleagues and advocates today to call on Gov. Bruce Rauner to sign a law creating a new council dedicated to the research and investigation of the social and economic factors that hold back women and girls in society.

“The Illinois Council on Women and Girls will study the things that hold back half of our population from achieving their full potential, and it will periodically report on ways we could tear down the barriers that hold back our sisters and daughters,” Collins said, addressing reporters at a press conference at the James R. Thompson Center.

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