School Funding Reform

    One of the most important issues that the General Assembly dealt with this year was a plan to reform and modernize the system by which the state distributes billions of dollars per year to local school districts.  New funding formulas were created to consider per-pupil spending levels taking into account many factors including […]

Illinois Balanced Budget Details 

   Yesterday, the House overrode the total veto of the Governor and passed the first balanced budget for Illinois in 3 years.  This was despite of the continual efforts of Gov. Rauner, his cronies and their dark money Super-PACs from trying to derail all progress in the House and Senate to reach agreement.  The volume […]

May Springfield Update

  My Legislative Agenda   I am very proud to have supported several measures that have passed the House and now await the Governor’s signature or final Senate action. These include: Modernizing the standards by which transgender and intersex people can correct the gender marker on their birth certificates. HB1785 awaits Governor’s action. Establishing network […]

Illinois House Passes Bill to Modernize State’s Birth Certificate Law

SPRINGFIELD — A measure to modernize Illinois law allowing people to change the gender marker on their birth certificate, House Bill 1785, passed the House by a vote of 63 to 43 on Thursday and was sent to the Senate. If the bill is signed into law, Illinois would join fourteen other states and the […]

Three ways to boost LGBTQ civil rights in Illinois

Sun-Times Editorial Board In 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples had a fundamental right to marry. It was a major victory in the LGBTQ community’s long-standing fight for equality. But there is still a long way to go when it comes to gaining civil rights protections. Every day LGBTQ people face stigmas, […]

Legislative Update

    Buy Made in Illinois and Made in America – HB 137/HB 138 I recently voted yes on two bills that will put needed investments into Illinois Jobs.  HB 137 and HB 138 direct the Illinois state government to buy more goods manufactured in Illinois.  Buying goods here in our state will create jobs […]

Illinois Lawmaker Raises Concerns About The Future Of Medicaid During Budget Impasse

Tony Arnold The lawmaker who heads up the Illinois House committee that budgets money for Medicaid said he’s concerned that some major health care providers are already scaling back coverage for poor people due to the ongoing budget impasse. As first reported by WBEZ, more than two dozen doctors, health care providers and insurance companies […]

Illinois Issues: LGBT In The Time Of Trump

By MAUREEN FOERTSCH MCKINNEY & DAISY CONTRERAS Protesters in Chicago rally against the Trump administration’s rollback of protections for transgender students. EQUALITY ILLINOIS With rapid-fire changes to LGBT provisions at the federal level, advocates want to keep Illinois’ status as one of the leading states in offering protections.  Alex McCray didn’t want to believe Donald […]

Vital — and accurate — records for transgender people

Sun-Times Editorial Board   For more than five decades, transgender people born in this state have been able to change their birth certificates to reflect their gender identity. Illinois was among the first states — if not the first — to enact a law for it. Once viewed as a progressive law, it is now outdated. […]

Time for Some Spring Shredding!!

  Do you have boxes of documents that you need to get rid of?  Now is the time to safely discard all that paperwork.  On Saturday April 29 from 9AM to 12PM, Representative Greg Harris, 47th Ward Alderman Ameya Pawar and AT&T will be hosting a Shred Day at 4250 N. Lincoln Ave. at the […]