In the Community
Domestic Violence Awareness Month
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, a time to highlight and combat this extreme crime in our local communities. To combat domestic violence, I have worked on several bills this year like House Bill 1121, known as Marsy's Law, which gives victims and their families the ability to testify at post-arraignment court proceedings, and Senate Bill 1645,which gives survivors of domestic violence additional time to pay utility service fees in a new home.This bill is particularly important if the victims are leaving an abusive home or transitioning out of a shelter. I also supported Senate Bill 1547, which makes it illegal to prosecute excessive calls to the police if they are to report a situation involving domestic or sexual violence. Both SB 1547 and SB 1645 are now law.
Elected School Board
Recently, I was a sponsor for House Bill 4268. This bill is was created to change the Chicago Board of Education from members appointed by the mayor, to members elected by voters. In the 2015 municipal elections, 37 wards across Chicago overwhelmingly supported this initiative, with 89% voting in favor of an elected school board. As we continue to see classrooms losing funding and schools being closed, it's clear that the Chicago Public Schools are in need of change.
State Representative 35th District
Halloween Walk at 111th St. and Kedzie Oct 30 2-5pm
Lucas Berg Nature Clean Up Nov 7th 9am-12pm
Vendor and Craftfest at Cassell PTA Nov 19 6-9pm
Beverly Hills Turkey Trot Nov 28 9-11am
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