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Illinois Senate Democrats celebrate successful year

SPRINGFIELD – Throughout 2023, the Illinois Senate Democratic Caucus passed hundreds of measures to serve and assist Illinoisans in all corners of the state. Efforts focused on public safety, workers’ rights and becoming the most equitable and inclusive state in the nation.

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Sen. Villa

Villa law aids grieving families after child loss

SPRINGFIELD – People that lose a child to suicide or homicide now have the right to extended bereavement leave thanks to a new law championed by State Senator Karina Villa establishing the Zachary’s Parent Protection Act.

After Laura Kane lost her son, Zachary, to suicide, she was expected to return to work just three days later. Her story inspired the law to protect grieving families from being put in the same situation.

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Fentanyl education

Ellman law requires Fentanyl education in all Illinois high schools starting this year

SPRINGFIELD – At the start of the 2024-2025 school year, every state-required health course will provide mandatory fentanyl education to high school students, thanks to a new law supported by State Senator Laura Ellman that took effect Jan. 1.

“In order to combat the ongoing opioid epidemic on all fronts, we need to educate our most vulnerable populations, which includes young people,” said Ellman (D-Naperville). “The age of fentanyl exposure is younger than we think, and I am pleased this law implements such indispensable education for students.”

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