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Trotter’s efforts to tackle the bill backlog pay off: governor takes action

trotter 090717SPRINGFIELD— Following a press conference Assistant Majority Leader Donne Trotter (D-Chicago) held in Chicago Tuesday urging the governor to use the borrowing authority given to him through Senate Bill 42, the governor’s office announced today it plans to use the tool.

“I’m glad to see the governor is taking the General Assembly’s lead and is using the bonding authority given to him that will help save taxpayers billions over the next 12 years,” Senator Trotter said.

Trotter’s plan to expand HIV testing becomes law

trotter 032017SPRINGFIELD – Legislation to expand the HIV testing of pregnant women was signed into law today.

Sen. Donne Trotter, D-Chicago, is one of the sponsors of the legislation that amends the Perinatal HIV Prevention Act to expand HIV testing in at-risk pregnant women.

“This is a necessary step forward to help prevent the spreading of disease, especially in some of our poorest communities. Testing pregnant mothers in the last trimester, instead of just in the first, will help lower the chance of transmission to babies,” Trotter said.

House Bill 2800 adds third trimester HIV testing in addition to the current first trimester HIV testing.

The legislation is effective immediately.

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.

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.