Senator Steans

December 5, 2017

Dear Friends,

Click here to RSVP for Women: Information for InspirationI hope you will be able to join me this Wednesday for an event that brings together women of all ages and local service providers that support women. The event, Women: Information for Inspiration, will feature two panel discussions with women who have either started their own business and who have been successful in their career.

To reserve your seat, please go to www.SenatorSteans.com/2017-womens-fair.

The event will begin at 4:30 p.m. at St. Andrew Greek Orthodox Church, 5649 N. Sheridan Road. Participating vendors include: Sarah’s Circle, Planned Parenthood, the Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters Apprentice Program, the Illinois Students Assistance Commission and more.

The first panel will begin at 5:30 p.m. and include a discussion with local female entrepreneurs who will talk about their experience starting their own business and offer advice to attendees. The panel includes Sonat Birnecker Hart, founder of KOVAL Distillery; Mary Morten, president of Morten Group LLC; Karen Rose, who owns City Olive; and Miss Alex White, founder of the band White Mystery.

The second panel will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will feature a discussion with women who have been successful in their careers. Panelists include Jean Franczyk, CEO and president of the Chicago Botanic Garden; Gwenn Rausch, CEO of Heartland Health Centers; and Eva Kritikos, clinical nurse manager of the Family Birthing and Women's Health Center at Swedish Covenant Hospital.

This event is free and open to the public. I encourage you to share this information with your friends and neighbors who may be interested in attending. Please see the flyer for additional details and click here to reserve your seat.

As always, please do not hesitate to contact my office at 773-769-1717 or reach out online with any questions or concerns.

Sincerely,
Heather Steans
Senator Heather Steans
7th District – Illinois

Women's Fair flyer

Holiday coat drive

My office is collecting new and gently used hats, coats and gloves for children in need until Dec. 21. Please bring donations to my office located at 5533 N. Broadway between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. If you have any questions, call 773-784-2002 or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Holiday coat drive flyer

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Senator Steans

November 28, 2017

Dear Friends,

 

Giving TuesdayI hope you and your family had a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration. As we now turn to Giving Tuesday, I’d like to remind you of the robust network of organizations that serve our community. Many are looking for donations to help our neighbors put food on the table, settle into new homes and stay warm during the winter. If you can lend a helping hand, please review the list of donation opportunities for non-profit and social service organizations in District 7 here. If there is a local organization that you feel should be added to this list, please reply to this email or call my office at 773-769-1717 with their information.

I invite you to join me from 4:30-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 6 for a Women’s Fair at St. Andrew Greek Orthodox Church, located at 5649 N. Sheridan Road. This free cross-generational event will include a wide range of exhibitors such as Sarah’s Circle, Planned Parenthood, Edgewater Village, and other organizations that assist women, as well as two panel discussions. Click here to reserve your seat.

The first panel will feature female entrepreneurs who will talk about their experience starting their own business and offer advice to attendees. Confirmed panelists include Mary Morten, who is the president of Morten Group; Sonat Hart, founder of Koval Distillery; Karen Rose, who owns City Olive; and Alex White, founder of the band White Mystery.

The second panel will include women who have been successful in their careers – whether that’s a career in healthcare, the corporate world or the public sector. Confirmed panelists include Cara Smith from the Cook County Sheriff's Office; Jean Franczyk, who is the CEO and president of the Chicago Botanic Garden; Gwenn Rausch, who is the CEO of Heartland Health Centers; and Eva Peroulas, who is the Clinical Nurse Manager of the Family Birthing and Women's Health Center at the Swedish Covenant Hospital. The panelists will discuss topics such as how to get your foot in the door, mentorship programs and choosing a career, among others. There will be an opportunity for the audience to ask questions during both panels.

I hope to see you next Wednesday. Again, please click here to reserve your seat.

As always, please do not hesitate to contact my office at 773-769-1717 or reach out online with any questions or concerns.

Sincerely,
Heather Steans
Senator Heather Steans
7th District – Illinois

Women's Fair flyer

 

Annual holiday coat drive

Representative Cassidy, Alderman Osterman and I are collecting new and gently used hats, coats and gloves for local children in need from now until Dec. 21. Please bring donations to my office located at 5533 N. Broadway between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. If you have any questions, please call 773-784-2002 or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Holiday coat drive flyer

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Senator Steans

November 15, 2017

Dear Friends,

 

Last week during veto session the Senate took steps to begin to address the issue of sexual harassment in the statehouse. Both the Senate and House approved a measure to require state elected officials, employees and lobbyists to receive sexual harassment awareness training. Though the legislature passed Senate Bill 402 and sent it to the governor a week ago, he has yet to take action on this legislation.

 

The Senate also adopted a resolution to create the Senate Task Force on Sexual Discrimination and Harassment Awareness and Prevention, to which I have just been named. Additionally, we passed a measure to provide the newly appointed inspector general with additional time to investigate pending ethics complaints. The governor has not taken action on that legislation either.

 

Senator Steans announces the formation of the bipartisan Women's CaucusRecognizing the need for a formalized platform on which female Senators can make their voices heard, I formed a bipartisan Women’s Caucus. The purpose of this caucus is to promote and advance women’s issues within the legislature and to support female senators.

 

We’ve seen throughout history that when women mobilize and claim their seat at the table, they break barriers and find solutions to the most stubborn of problems. I expect this caucus will do the same for the women of Illinois.

 

I have included updates on other pieces of legislation that the Senate acted on last week below as well as some upcoming events in the district.

 

The Senate is not scheduled to reconvene until after the New Year. If you are interested in receiving more frequent updates on what bills will be heard in committee each week that the Senate is in session, click here to sign up.

 

As always, please do not hesitate to contact my office at 773-769-1717 or reach out online with any questions or concerns.

 

Sincerely,
Heather Steans
Senator Heather Steans
7th District – Illinois

 

 

Legislative action

 

Debt Transparency Act
The Debt Transparency Act requires state agencies to submit a monthly report to the comptroller that details invoices waiting to be paid and the interest penalties those that may accrue on those bills. Before the legislature overrode the governor’s veto of House Bill 3649, agencies were only required to submit a report once a year with the aggregate amount of bills that it held at the end of the fiscal year. By the time the comptroller’s office received this report, it was outdated. Coming out of the budget impasse, I co-sponsored this legislation because I felt it was important to equip the comptroller with the most accurate information possible.

 

Unclaimed Life Insurance Benefits Act
The Senate overrode the governor’s veto of a measure that will help ensure that beneficiaries receive life insurance payments. House Bill 302 requires insurance companies to search electronic records back to 2000 to determine if policyholders have died. Insurance companies will be required to take steps to find and pay beneficiaries.

 

Salary history ban
The Senate failed to override the governor’s veto of legislation that would have prevented employers from asking job applicants about their salary history. I co-sponsored this legislation in hopes that it would decrease the gender wage gap. Some senators were concerned that the fines this legislation would impose would hurt small business owners. I am disappointed that the Senate was unable to override the governor’s veto of House Bill 2462, but I will continue to work with my colleagues to address this issue and advance legislation that addresses the gender wage gap.

 

 

Upcoming events in the district

 

International Day of Unity
Join us this Saturday for the International Day of Unity from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Broadway Armory, 5917 N. Broadway. This event will feature food, music, art, dance and stories that celebrate the diversity of our neighborhoods. If you are interested in volunteering, please click here to sign up.

International Day of Unity flyer

Women’s Fair
I invite you to join me for a cross-generational women’s fair from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 6. The event will take place at St. Andrew’s Greek Church, 5649 N. Sheridan Road, and will feature exhibitors and panel discussions. Click here to reserve your seat.

Women's Fair flyer

 

 

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Senator Steans

November 7, 2017

Dear Friends,

 

Senator Steans in a committee hearingIn the wake of widespread sexual harassment claims, the legislature is taking swift action to improve the work environment in Springfield. On Saturday, the Legislative Ethics Commission appointed former U.S. Attorney Julie Porter to the position of legislative inspector general. The post had been vacant for two years. The House of Representatives is holding a hearing this week on HJR 83, which urges those in government to change the culture of sexual harassment in Springfield. The House may also consider Senate Bill 402, which would increase sexual harassment awareness training for all staff, lobbyists and members of the General Assembly. I look forward to addressing this issue in the Senate.

 

This week is the Senate’s last chance to take action on legislation the governor vetoed. It is also the last time the Senate will convene until January.

 

At this point, many pieces of legislation that the Senate is likely to take action on have already been debated in committee. As such, bills can move directly to the floor for final action.

 

Some issues that have already been debated in committee and may be addressed this week include:

  • HB 2462, which prohibits employers from asking job applicants about their previous salary history. The House overrode the governor’s veto during the last legislative week. It has been placed on the Senate calendar.

  • HB 302, which requires insurance companies to periodically check any unclaimed life insurance policies against a state death registry to ensure families are receiving their due life insurance payouts. The House overrode the governor’s veto and the legislation has been placed on the Senate calendar.

  • HB 3649, which requires each state agency to provide a report to the State Comptroller that details the liabilities held at the agency. The House unanimously overrode the governor’s veto. This bill has been placed on the Senate calendar.

  • HB 4095, which prohibits consumer reporting agencies from charging individuals to freeze or remove a freeze to their credit report. This legislation passed the House following the Equifax data breach.

 

Below please find a list of noteworthy legislation that will be considered in Senate committees this week. You can watch or listen to committee hearings in real-time here. For directions on how to submit a witness slip and make your opinion known on legislation, click here.

 

As always, please do not hesitate to contact my office at 773-769-1717 or reach out online with any questions or concerns.

 

Sincerely,
Heather Steans
Senator Heather Steans
7th District – Illinois

 

Noteworthy legislation in committee this week

 

  • Downstate energy market – SB 2250 creates a market-based bidding process for all energy market participants in downstate Illinois. It allows the Illinois Power Agency to develop procurement plans. Currently the bidding process is conducted by Midcontinent Independent System Operators.

  • Nursing home licensing – HB 1281 extends the Nursing Home Administrators Licensing and Disciplinary Act until Jan. 1, 2028. Currently, the act is set to expire on Jan. 1, 2018, which may affect federal matching for Medicaid funding.

  • Opposition to federal tax code changes - SR 1053 states that the Illinois Senate strongly opposes any efforts by the Trump administration and Congress to eliminate the state and local tax deduction. The Trump administration and congressional Republicans have discussed removing the state and local deduction, also known as SALT, as a way to pay for their proposed tax cuts for the wealthy. The state and local deduction allows families that pay state and local income or sales tax to deduct those taxes from their federal income tax.

  • Law enforcement eavesdropping – Currently, law enforcement officers with prior State’s Attorney approval are permitted to eavesdrop for up to 24 hours when investigating certain offenses. HB 185 extends this allowance until Jan. 1, 2020.

 

Committee Schedule for Nov. 7

All committee hearings are held in the Capitol building unless otherwise noted.

 

  • Senate Subcommittee on Confined Animal Feeding Operations subject matter hearing on confined animal feeding operation regulations
    9 a.m., Room 409

  • Senate Energy and Public Utilities joint subject matter hearing with the House Energy Committee on SB 2250
    9:30 a.m., Room 212
    To see submitted witness slips for this committee and submit your own, click here.

  • Senate Local Government Committee subject matter hearing on SB 2261
    11 a.m., Room 400
    To see submitted witness slips for this committee and submit your own, click here.

  • Senate Licensed Activities and Pensions Committee
    1:30 p.m., Room 400
    To see submitted witness slips for this committee and submit your own, click here.

  • Senate State Government Committee
    1:30 p.m., Room 409
    To see submitted witness slips for this committee and submit your own, click here.

  • Senate Public Health Committee
    2:30 p.m., Room 400
    To see submitted witness slips for this committee and submit your own, click here.

  • Senate Criminal Law Committee
    3:15 p.m., Room 212
    To see submitted witness slips for this committee and submit your own, click here.

 

Committee Schedule for Nov. 8

 

  • Senate Public Health Committee subject matter hearing on spinal muscular atrophy
    9 a.m., Room 400

  • Senate Executive Committee
    10 a.m., Room 212
    To see submitted witness slips for this committee and submit your own, click here.

 

 

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