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Trotter’s plan to help homeless youth to become law

Sen. Donne TrotterSPRINGFIELD – Legislation to provide homeless youth with the option of using transitional housing without the permission of their parents or guardians was signed by the Governor today.

Sen. Donne Trotter, D-Chicago, is the Senate sponsor of House Bill 3212 that changes the Emancipation of Minors Act by allowing homeless youth between the age of 16 and 18 to live in transitional housing without being partially emancipated or getting consent.

“This legislation will help kids, who already have so much to worry about, independently decide where they want to live, potentially leading to a brighter future,” Trotter said.

Trotter to help students gear up for school year

trotter flier 071917CALUMET CITY – Sen. Donne Trotter, D-Chicago, is teaming up with other local leaders to help students get ready for the new school year.

The Annual Back 2 School Health and Wellness Fair will be on Saturday, August 5, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Trotter, Rep. Elgie R. Sims, Jr., Rep. Marcus C. Evans, Jr. and Cook County Commissioner Stanley Moore will host the event at the Green Lake Forest Preserve at 1100 River Oaks Drive, Groves 3 and 4, in Calumet City, Illinois.

Various medical services will be available, including vaccinations, health screenings and dental care.

The Greater Chicago Food Depository is also expected to donate food. Last year they donated eight thousand pounds of produce.

Backpacks filled with supplies will be given out to students while they last, and car seats will also be raffled off by the Illinois State Police. The child must be with the parent to participate.

Attendees will be able to cool off at the aquatic center on site. A shred truck will also be available for personal use.

The fair is free and open to the public. Lunch will be provided to everyone who attends.

Please contact Trotter’s office at (773) 933-7715 for more information.

Trotter seeks housing options for homeless youth

trotter 052617SPRINGFIELD – Today, legislation intended to grant homeless youth the option of using transitional housing independent of their parental status has passed the Senate. State Senator Donne Trotter (D-Chicago) is sponsoring House Bill 3212, which allows homeless minors aged 16 to 18 to live in transitional housing without being partially emancipated by a court of law or entering into family reunification. It changes the Emancipation of Minors Act and is an initiative of the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless.

“By providing homeless youth the opportunity to consent to living in transitional housing without parental permission, we grant them the opportunity to make conscious decisions about their future," Sen. Trotter said. "Youth in difficult situations may not be able to turn to their guardians for support and it is essential that we give them the necessary tools to find a safe place to live as they put their lives in order. Living without housing is difficult and we should do all in our power to lessen the housing changes faced by homeless youth; this legislation promotes that."

Trotter measure demanding payment of exoneree claims passes Senate

trotter 051917SPRINGFIELD – Today, legislation meant to create a continuous fund for claims by people wrongfully imprisoned passed the Senate. Senate Bill 1993 is vital to keep up these court-ordered claim payments. It has been nearly three years since the Illinois Court of Claims stopped paying these claims because of the budget stalemate.

The passing of this legislation through the Senate is only the first step in properly restoring court-ordered claims payments for those who have been unjustly sentenced to time behind bars. The budget impasse in Illinois has stopped the claim payments of 20 exonerated inmates owned a total of $3.4 million. Their suffering was caused by the failure of the justice system to properly dispense rulings, but if this bill passes the House we are one step closer to providing those exonerated with some closure and monetary compensation.  

State Senator Donne Trotter (D-Chicago), the sponsor of the bill, has called the legislation an important step in providing equity for people unjustly held in the penal system that have won in court:

“This is a critical piece of legislation that passed out of the Illinois Senate. It is our duty to ensure that those receiving claims for being unjustly incarcerated are compensated. These court-ordered claims can be used to rebuild their lives torn apart by convictions that never should have occurred. We need to be accountable to those that have been wronged by the penal system and found favorable claim rulings in a court of law. These court-ordered funds give relief to those who have been wrongly incarcerated in a timely manner. ”

Senator Donne E. Trotter is a Chicago Democrat and leading advocate for justice reform.

Senator Donne E. Trotter


17th District
Assistant Majority Leader

Years served: 1988–1993 (House); 1993–Present (Senate)

Committee assignments: Energy and Public Utilities; Appropriations I; Executive; Appropriations II (Vice-Chairperson); Committee of the Whole.

Biography: Senior hospital administrator; born Jan. 30th, 1950, in Cairo; B.A., Chicago State University; M.J., Loyola University School of Law; married (wife, Rose), has four children.

Associated Representative(s): Marcus C. Evans Jr., Elgie R. Sims Jr.