Senator Steans defends legislation on the Senate floor

SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Heather Steans, a Chicago Democrat, issued the following statement on the lawsuit filed today by anti-choice groups to block House Bill 40, which protects women’s reproductive rights in Illinois and was signed into law earlier this year:

“This lawsuit is a blatant attempt to prevent poor women and state employees from exercising their legal right to choose. I firmly believe that all women should have the opportunity to make their own reproductive decisions regardless of their income level or employer. These choices should not be limited to the wealthy.”

Advocates testify on potential economic impact of legalizing marijuana  

Senator Steans and Rep. Cassidy at a press conference with Rick StevesIllinois could see up to $699 million in new revenue by legalizing cannabis use among adults through a measure that would spur economic development while protecting public safety. Lawmakers heard from advocates today during a combined Senate and House hearing.

Among those testifying was nationally-known travel writer and television host Rick Steves, an active proponent for ending America’s prohibition of marijuana.

“I’m not pro-drugs – I’m pro-civil liberties and anti-prohibition,” Steves said. “Marijuana is here to stay. We can either keep building more prisons or figure out a better solution. I think it’s obvious what the solution is, and it’s happening around the country as it did in my home state of Washington. We need to legalize the responsible use of marijuana by adults.”

“It is clear that prohibition doesn’t work and that by lifting cannabis restrictions we can encourage economic development in Illinois,” State Senator Heather Steans (D-Chicago) said. “We are carefully considering all aspects and potential impacts of legalizing adult-use cannabis, including job growth.”

In addition to increased tax revenue, legalized cannabis could provide a boost for job growth in Illinois. According to a report from New Frontier Data earlier this year, the legal marijuana market could create more than 250,000 jobs in the U.S. by 2020. Legalizing adult-use marijuana creates a variety of jobs including scientists, dispensary employees, growers, among others.

“Legalizing cannabis will spur the creation of new small businesses and much-needed jobs,” State Representative Kelly Cassidy (D-Chicago) said. “We are leaving hundreds of millions of dollars in economic activity on the table by continuing the outdated status quo of prohibition.”
Tax revenue from the proposed legislation would support the State Board of Education; treatment and education programs for responsible marijuana, alcohol and tobacco use; and the state’s General Revenue Fund.

“In Washington, we have a track record and we know it works,” Steves said. “States like mine that have legalized marijuana have learned that use doesn't go up, crime doesn't go up, DUIs do not go up. The only thing that goes up is tax revenue, as we take the thriving illicit market and transform it into a highly regulated and highly taxed system.”

Today’s hearing was part of a series of hearings on the various aspects of legalizing cannabis use among adults. Changes to the legislation may be proposed in the new year based on these findings.

Advocates testify on potential economic impact of legalizing marijuana  

Senator Steans and Rep. Cassidy at a press conference with Rick StevesIllinois could see up to $699 million in new revenue by legalizing cannabis use among adults through a measure that would spur economic development while protecting public safety. Lawmakers heard from advocates today during a combined Senate and House hearing.

Among those testifying was nationally-known travel writer and television host Rick Steves, an active proponent for ending America’s prohibition of marijuana.

“I’m not pro-drugs – I’m pro-civil liberties and anti-prohibition,” Steves said. “Marijuana is here to stay. We can either keep building more prisons or figure out a better solution. I think it’s obvious what the solution is, and it’s happening around the country as it did in my home state of Washington. We need to legalize the responsible use of marijuana by adults.”

“It is clear that prohibition doesn’t work and that by lifting cannabis restrictions we can encourage economic development in Illinois,” State Senator Heather Steans (D-Chicago) said. “We are carefully considering all aspects and potential impacts of legalizing adult-use cannabis, including job growth.”

In addition to increased tax revenue, legalized cannabis could provide a boost for job growth in Illinois. According to a report from New Frontier Data earlier this year, the legal marijuana market could create more than 250,000 jobs in the U.S. by 2020. Legalizing adult-use marijuana creates a variety of jobs including scientists, dispensary employees, growers, among others.

“Legalizing cannabis will spur the creation of new small businesses and much-needed jobs,” State Representative Kelly Cassidy (D-Chicago) said. “We are leaving hundreds of millions of dollars in economic activity on the table by continuing the outdated status quo of prohibition.”
Tax revenue from the proposed legislation would support the State Board of Education; treatment and education programs for responsible marijuana, alcohol and tobacco use; and the state’s General Revenue Fund.

“In Washington, we have a track record and we know it works,” Steves said. “States like mine that have legalized marijuana have learned that use doesn't go up, crime doesn't go up, DUIs do not go up. The only thing that goes up is tax revenue, as we take the thriving illicit market and transform it into a highly regulated and highly taxed system.”

Today’s hearing was part of a series of hearings on the various aspects of legalizing cannabis use among adults. Changes to the legislation may be proposed in the new year based on these findings.

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

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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..

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