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Harmon reacts to Senate Republicans’ sham ‘reforms’

03152017CM0724SPRINGFIELD – Senator Don Harmon, an Oak Park Democrat, president pro tempore of the Illinois Senate and chairman of the Senate’s Executive Committee, issued the following statement regarding Senate Republicans’ sham CPS funding and pension reform legislation:

“The Senate Republicans, at the behest of their governor, offered up nothing more than an empty promise to Chicago Public Schools today, one that would blow a $215 million hole in the state budget and tell Chicago schools that there’s a check in the mail that the governor knows will never arrive. The Senate has already worked together to pass real solutions and is trying to tackle bigger problems. I would recommend the governor pivot to working on solutions rather than campaign ads.”

Manar, McCann advance bipartisan plan to save Illinois prison nurse jobs

manar nursesSPRINGFIELD – The jobs of 124 state prison nurses at risk of being outsourced by the Rauner administration would be protected under a bipartisan plan that was approved by the Illinois Senate Wednesday.

Senate Bill 19 would halt further privatization of health care and mental health services by the Illinois Department of Corrections. The legislation was approved 40-15.

Gov. Bruce Rauner has proposed laying off 124 unionized nurses employed by the Illinois Department of Corrections at 12 prisons around the state and outsourcing their positions with Wexford Health Sources, a Pennsylvania company that provides health care services nationwide.

Senator Hunter seeks to accelerate human service payments in ongoing budget impasse

hunter 032917SPRINGFIELD – To help human service agencies that continue to suffer in the ongoing budget impasse, State Senator Mattie Hunter (D-Chicago) put forth a plan that would handle payments to all human services the same, rather than prioritizing certain contracts over others.

“We should treat the people that care for our most vulnerable citizens fairly,” Hunter said. “Programs like Redeploy Illinois, homeless youth services and others have been bearing the financial burden of the state of Illinois for the almost two years we’ve gone without a budget. This legislation will not only prioritize the payments human service providers need but also compensate organizations for delayed payments.”

Manar calls for brakes to be put on outsourcing of prison nursing jobs (VIDEO)

manar inaSPRINGFIELD – Too many questions exist about Wexford Health Sources’ oversight of health care in Illinois prisons, which is reason enough for Gov. Bruce Rauner to cease efforts to outsource prison nurses to the Pennsylvania corporation, Senator Andy Manar said Tuesday.

Manar, a Bunker Hill Democrat, is co-sponsoring a bipartisan plan to stop the governor from outsourcing additional medical and mental health service jobs from state prisons. Senator Sam McCann (R-Plainview) also is a co-sponsor of the plan.