Saturday, June 16
                            Coffee & Conversation                              
Starbucks
7202 W. 119th Pl., Palos Heights
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Monday, June 18
Senior Chair Yoga instructed by Beverly Yoga Center
Mount Greenwood Park Field House
3721 W. 111th St., Chicago
1:00 p.m.

Monday, June 18
Extended Office Hours 
10400 S. Western Ave., Chicago
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.


Wednesday, June 27
Women's' Self-Defense Seminar led by Cheryl Hurley
Ridge Park - (west room)
1817 W. 96th St., Chicago
6:30 p.m.

Thursday, June 28
Hiring Fair 
Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences
3857 W. 111th St., Chicago
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Saturday, June 30
Environmental Town Hall 
St. Xavier University 
3700 W. 103rd Street, Chicago
Room S101, 1st Floor of Warde Academic Center
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
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Updated June 2018

Expanding Protections for Survivors of Domestic Abuse - SB 2330
Chief House Sponsor
The bill allows survivors of domestic violence, stalking or criminal conduct to legally change their name without leaving a paper trail that can be followed by an abuser by providing authority to courts to waive the current name change publishing requirement. The bill passed the House and Senate and now heads to the governor for his signature.


Advancing Protections for Persons with Disabilities - SB 2265
Chief House Sponsor
Subject to appropriation, the State Police, in coordination with the Illinois Department of Human Services, shall develop and implement a community outreach program to promote awareness of the Endangered Missing Person Advisory among applicable entities. The bill passed the House and Senate and now heads to the governor for his signature.

Commemorative Date for First Responders - HB 4345
Co-Sponsor
Provides that the third Friday in May of each year is designated as "First Responder Mental Health Awareness Day", to be observed throughout the State as a day to honor firefighters, police officers, and other first responders who have lost their lives due to and suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, and other mental health issues. The bill passed the House and Senate and now heads to the governor for his signature.


Women's Rights as Human Rights - SJRCA 4
Co-Sponsor
The Equal Rights Amendment would enshrine in the Constitution protections for all citizens regardless of sex by providing courts clearer judicial standards for deciding cases of sex discrimination in addition to empowering women to combat wage discrimination.
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Chicago, IL 60655

June 1, 2018
I am happy to announce to you that Democrats and Republicans in the General Assembly worked together to pass a bipartisan, balanced budget this week in Springfield for the Fiscal Year 2019.

This bipartisan budget holds the line on taxes and spending. The legislature chose to cut government bureaucracy in order to avoid cuts to education programs, health care, child care, and senior services. 

Some highlights from the budget package include: full funding for the Community Care Program, which helps seniors stay in their homes and provides lifesaving care for elderly residents; full funding for breast cancer screenings, domestic violence shelters and other lifesaving services for women in need; and pay raises for frontline caregivers who provide nursing care for the elderly and children with developmental disabilities.
 
The bipartisan budget package makes a full pension payment, and incorporates new cost-savings reforms that will strengthen the system, reduce pension debt, and save taxpayers money. While there is more work that remains to be done, this compromise budget shows that Democrats and Republicans in the Legislature can work together to move Illinois forward!

I also supported legislation which will bring transparency to the Vendor Payment Program which was created to assist struggling vendors as the state's backlog of unpaid bills grew.  Under the program, lenders pay the vendors what they are owed by the state, and, as a result, they are then able to claim late payment interest penalties originally owed to the vendors. Senate Bill 3550 requires information on the program be made available to the public, and requires that the Auditor General audit the program. The bipartisan bill passed the Senate unanimously and the House also approved it this week. It now heads to the governor's desk.
 
I am proud to be the Chief House Sponsor of Senate Bill 3509, which removes citation quotas for Chicago police officers. Years ago, municipalities across the state were banned from requiring police officers to fill a citation quota, however, the City of Chicago was exempted from this. SB 3509 removes Chicago's exemption from this state law. Several law enforcement advocate groups claim that quotas do not provide adequate personnel performance information, and other police departments have not experienced problems because of the removal of citation quotas. 
 
Mark Donahue, from the Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge 7, offered testimony before the House Police and First Responders Committee stating the bill, if enacted into law, would allow Chicago police officers to increase their focus on improving police-community relations and keeping communities safe. Senate Bill 3509 passed the Senate without opposition, and passed the House with unanimous support.

If you have questions, please contact my constituent service office at 773-445-8128.​​

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