I love this state and the communities I represent in the 43rd District. That is why I have worked to pass legislation that has true impact on the quality of life for Illinoisans. These include working collaboratively with colleagues to ensure equal pay for equal work for women, support for workers and collective bargaining rights, pro-environmental initiatives resulting in clean energy jobs and addressing climate change, tax reforms to fund education, gun safety measures, legislation that enables seniors to stay in their homes and so much more.
This past year saw a new era of progress in Springfield. I was proud to support several new laws that will help our state move forward: a balanced state budget, a new multi-billion capital program to invest in our roads and schools, cannabis legalization to create jobs and provide social justice, a higher minimum wage to help working families, and giving voters the final say to create a new progressive Fair Tax system that will take the burden off of middle class taxpayers and help shore up our finances for the long term.
Illinois is now a leader in gender workplace equity with my bill strengthening the Equal Pay Act by prohibiting employers from asking for prior wage information during the hiring process. The bill had been vetoed by the previous governor twice, but I was proud to stand with Gov. Pritzker and my colleagues and advocates to sign the bill into law this summer. Watch my remarks here.
I sponsored and passed legislation as part of the new state budget to require nursing homes to have adequate nurse staffing levels and to prevent residents from being unduly sedated or medicated with their consent or their families’ consent.
I was also proud to work with the Governor and colleagues to recognize the immeasurable contributions of gay and transgender people and fight intolerance and bigotry by creating curriculum for our schools to teach students about the important work of LGBQT people, through House Bill 246.
As co-chair of the new House Child Welfare and DCFS Reform Caucus in the Illinois House, I am working across political lines to provide reforms and resources necessary to improve the safety and lives of children under the care of the Department of Children and Family Services.
I greatly appreciate your support as we work to make a difference and turn today’s progress into a better state now and for the future.