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With the upcoming Fourth of July holiday, members of the Illinois Senate Democratic Caucus are reminding communities to celebrate safely and to reflect on the meaning of the day. Click here to read a special word about the holiday from many of our Senators.


Bond rating

Senate Democrats praise work done to increase Moody's rating for the first time in two decades

SPRINGFIELD – For the first time in more than 20 years, Illinois’ General Obligation bond rating got an upgrade from Moody’s Investors Service – one of the nation’s primary credit rating agencies. Members of the Illinois Senate Democratic Caucus praise the General Assembly’s work to get the state to this point.

“Stability and responsibility produce results. You don’t need to ruin people’s lives to have sound fiscal policies and positive outcomes,” said Senate President Don Harmon (D-Oak Park). “I want to thank Governor Pritzker and Speaker Welch for their teamwork in helping us find a better way forward.”

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Sen. Napoleon Harris, III

Illinois allows student-athletes to be compensated

SPRINGFIELD – Illinois now allows student-athletes to be paid for the use of their names, image, or likenesses because of ex-NFL and Northwestern University alum State Senator Napoleon Harris, III (D-Harvey).

“Finally student-athletes will receive some financial benefit for the use of their names, images, and likenesses,” Harris said. “Their schools will no longer receive all the financial benefits. The students deserve compensation from the hard work of being a college athlete and making their schools millions of dollars.”

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Senator Mike Simmons, Chicago: Meet the leaders fighting hair discrimination in Illinois | CBS 2 Chicago

Senator Steve Stadelman, Rockford: Illinois Gaming Board approves construction on temporary Hard Rock Casino | CBS 23 WIFR


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