Illinois creates Emanuel AME Day of Remembrance

trotter-emanuelameSPRINGFIELD – This week the Illinois State Senate honored S.C. Senator Clementa Pinckney and the other victims of the Charleston church massacre with a day of remembrance on June 17. State Senator Donne Trotter (D-Chicago), sponsor of the day of remembrance legislation, Senate Resolution 680, gave the following floor speech:

“Condolences to the victims of the horrific massacre in South Carolina -- killings that rattled all sensibilities of reasonable people. There are no rational reasons for the act. There is no singular cause. Mental health issues, lack of education, poverty, cultural misinterpretations, misguided influences and hopelessness are all parts of a long menu of systemic causes that manifested into hatred and fatal aggression toward other human beings.

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Sullivan: Illinois modernizes 911 funding

911picSPRINGFIELD— An overhaul that modernizes how Illinois funds its 911 call centers was signed into law Monday. State Senator John Sullivan (D-Rushville) sponsored the proposal, Senate Bill 96, which was a result of a yearlong review of Illinois’ 911 systems.

“There is a patchwork of more than 200 different 911 systems in the state, and there were nine counties without any system whatsoever. Our goal was to create a modern, efficient 911 system that serves both cities and rural communities equally well, and that’s what this overhaul accomplishes,” Sullivan said.

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Peoria mother faces losing her son if health care funding cut

Earlier this month, State Senator Dave Koehler (D-Peoria) held a press conference to discuss the impact that the governor's proposed budget cuts will have on working families. One of the speakers was Meghann Schwartz, whose son relies on the Medically Fragile/Technology Dependent waiver program to be able to live at home.


Minimum wage should be a living wage

lightford-min-cowThe Senate heard testimony last week on an issue with great potential impact on the state's economy: raising the minimum wage. Illinois voters told lawmakers last November by more than a two to one margin, 68 percent to 32 percent, that they favor raising the minimum wage. The Senate quickly responded, passing legislation sponsored by Assistant Majority Leader Kimberly A. Lightford (D-Maywood) to step the minimum wage up to $11. However, that legislation has not yet made it to the governor’s desk and Senate Democrats have made it a key part of their Middle Class Agenda.

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Illinois Legislative Black Caucus to rally against Rauner’s cuts

jones-budget-rallyThe Illinois Legislative Black Caucus views Governor Rauner’s cuts as a direct attack on the working poor. On Thursday, June 25, the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus will hold rallies to fight for programs and services our community values.

Several organizations that serve communities who will suffer the most from the cuts will discuss how the lack of support increases crime, lowers our students’ opportunities to be qualified for good jobs and will leave people without heat during Chicago’s coldest months.

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Hutchinson reacts to Coal City tornado damage

coalcitytornadoNumerous homes and a fire station were damaged by a tornado that hit the village of Coal City last night, less than two years after a tornado damaged the village. State Senator Toi Hutchinson (D-Chicago Heights) extends her thoughts and prayers to those who are recovering from the storm.

“Although the damage in Coal City is extensive, there have miraculously been no reported fatalities and only a few minor injuries,” Hutchinson said. “I am so thankful for fire department personnel, area police, first responders and the Illinois State Police who are on the ground in Coal City helping those in need.”  

The Red Cross has established a shelter for residents in need at the United Methodist Church, located at 6805 E. McArdle Road.


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