Sponsor Steans hopes to help small businesses get started

opensignRSPRINGFIELD – State Senator Heather Steans (D-Chicago 7th) secured Senate passage today of legislation that will reduce Illinois’ filing fee for establishing a limited liability company to $39 – the lowest in the nation. The current fee in Illinois is $500.

“Small businesses are powerful engines of economic growth in our state, employing 48 percent of the private-sector workforce,” Steans said. “Anything we can do to make it easier and less expensive to start a new business is a boon to entrepreneurs, job seekers and the entire economy.”

032014 js 0403RSPRINGFIELD – State Senator Heather Steans (D-Chicago 7th) issued the following statement after hearing the governor’s budget proposals:

"I believe strongly that we must not balance our budget on the backs of our state’s most vulnerable — children with special needs, the physically and mentally disabled and seniors needing in-home care. So I support Governor Quinn’s plan to make the income tax increase permanent.

I also support his call for property tax relief, which will help middle-class families and seniors on fixed incomes. We must continue to reduce spending, starting with cutting our state’s excessive layers of government. And we must pay off all backlogged bills and provide stability and predictability. But we cannot abandon our people who need help and have nowhere else to turn."

Senator Steans

3/24/14

Dear Friends,

 

Wednesday, March 26th at 6pm, I will be joining Rep. Kelly Cassidy live for a Virtual Town Hall. During the Town Hall, we will discuss the budget and other issues currently facing our state.

 

There are two different ways to join us on the Virtual Town Hall. If you have a Google account and would like to have the opportunity ask questions in the chat, the link for the Hangout will be posted here before the event. If you would simply like to view the Town Hall, please visit Rep. Cassidy's YouTube channel here. Links will be posted on both sites approximately 30 minutes before the Town Hall begins.

 

We highly encourage you to submit questions beforehand by filling out the form here. Any questions we aren't able to answer will be responded to via email.

 

If you have any additional questions, please contact me at 773-769-1717 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

I look forward to hearing from you soon.

 

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

 

 

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Senator Steans

3/21/14

Dear Friends,

 

This morning, as chair of one of the Senate's budget committees, I presided over a sobering hearing that I'm hoping will convince my colleagues of the need to summon their political courage and protect our most vulnerable residents. (For more of my thoughts on the budget and the income tax, please see my column in today's Tribune.) One after another, state agency directors came to the microphone and testified to the unacceptable reductions they will have to make in the services they provide if we don't stop the income tax roll-back scheduled to take place January 1, 2015.

 

If legislators run out the clock and allow the income tax rate to fall from the current five percent to 3.75 percent, state government will see a $2.4 billion shortfall for the fiscal year that runs from July 2014 to July 2015. In order to balance the budget, many state agencies would have to cut their budgets by as much as 20 percent. The likely consequences include eliminating:

 

-child care subsidies for 23,000 children
-in-home help for 12,000 senior citizens
-mental health services for 40,000 individuals
-MAP scholarships for 30,000 college students
-shelter and assistance for 11,000 victims of domestic abuse
-an estimated 13,000 teaching positions in local school districts
-necessary services for 3,700 victims of rape
-treatment for more than 10,000 people with substance abuse disorders
-educational and job-training programs for inmates
-jobs for 10,000 home care workers -all Illinois State Police forensic labs
-medications for 400 individuals living with HIV/AIDS
-breast and cervical cancer screenings for 6,000 low-income women

 

This bleak scenario, which will become reality if legislators do nothing, would not only be devastating in human terms but short-sighted, costing the state more in the long run in expensive institutionalizations, unnecessary hospital stays and more. We've already closed state facilities and made significant cuts in Medicaid and pensions - cuts that I supported. While there's always room to make state government more efficient, it's not realistic to suggest we can cut our way out of a $2.4 billion shortfall.

 

The voters deserve to know whether their representatives are willing to tell the truth about this harsh fiscal reality and take action to protect our most vulnerable residents. I will push for consideration of our income tax rate before the adjournment of regular session on May 31.

 

As always, I encourage you to keep in touch with me and let me know your thoughts on cuts to state services or any other issue in state government. You can reach my office at (773) 769-1717.

 

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

District Office

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217-782-8492 (Phone)

 

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