microbeadsSPRINGFIELD – State Senator Heather Steans (D-Chicago 7th) thanked her allies in the environmental movement for their persistence and the personal care industry for its cooperation as Illinois became the first state in the nation to ban non-biodegradable “microbeads” that threaten Great Lakes ecosystems. Governor Quinn signed legislation Steans sponsored to phase out the manufacture of microbeads in Illinois by 2017 and their sale by 2018.

“Lake Michigan is a critically important natural resource for our state, and its health affects recreation, tourism and the flourishing of aquatic plant and animal species,” Steans said. “I’m proud that Illinois is an environmental leader, taking the first step away from plastic microbeads toward natural exfoliants, and I’m optimistic that we’ve started a nationwide movement to protect not just the Great Lakes, but other bodies of water with high concentrations of microbeads.”

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Senator Steans

6/3/14

Dear Friends,

 

Last night on Chicago Tonight Carol Marin hosted me and 3 colleagues in a discussion on the legislative session that ended last week. You can watch the piece here. While many items were left undone during session, the most significant issue addressed was the budget. The General Assembly passed a budget that is based on income tax rates rolling back on January 1, 2015. While the budget does not make drastic cuts to education, health care or human services, it makes it more difficult for children, seniors and those with developmental disabilities to receive services, relies on borrowing from non-general revenue state funds, requires significant reductions within state agencies, lengthens payment cycles for state vendors, and adds to the state’s unpaid bills.

 

I believe this budget reverses the progress we have made to restore fiscal responsibility in the state while caring for our most vulnerable residents. Further, it simply delays our need to address the state’s revenue structure. Here is a comparison of the current FY14 budget with the FY15 budget we passed.

 

Budget Chart

I suspect that before we address the FY16 budget the General Assembly will revisit revenue. All options should be on the table, like broadening the personal and/or corporate income tax base and getting rid of loopholes, extending current income tax rates, and/or broadening the sales tax base to include services as many neighboring states do.

 

In several days I will send another session wrap-up on some of the policy issues that came before the General Assembly this spring.

 

Upcoming Events

 

There are several exciting events coming up locally. Please click here for June events in our community.

 

Thanks, and please call or email me with your questions, concerns, or comments.

 

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

 

 

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