State Senator Ram Villivalam

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I am honored to have been appointed to the #FutureOfWork task force. Our team will assess new and emerging tech that cou...
09/26/2021
Villivalam’s Future of Work Act to define new standards of work

I am honored to have been appointed to the #FutureOfWork task force. Our team will assess new and emerging tech that could affect employment and wages, develop a baseline of job standards and working conditions, facilitate workforce development, and research best practices on how to deploy technology to benefit working people. Learn more about the Future of Work Act here. ➡ bit.ly/3mchLxU

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📣 JCC Chicago's Sukkot Fest is BACK this Sunday, September 26 from 1-4pm at the Bernard Horwich JCC in West Rogers Park!...
09/25/2021
Sukkot Fest - JCC Chicago

📣 JCC Chicago's Sukkot Fest is BACK this Sunday, September 26 from 1-4pm at the Bernard Horwich JCC in West Rogers Park! Families are invited to enjoy games, children’s crafts, touch-a-truck, music and so much more! While you're there, come check out our booth at the community resource fair. RSVP here. ➡ bit.ly/3hT7YK0

Sukkot Fest is BACK! Families are invited to join us for games, children’s crafts, touch-a-truck, a resource fair, music and so much more! Cost $3 in advance $6 at the door   In Partnership With:

#TeamRam had a productive week last week!✅ Alderperson Debra Silverstein, State Rep. Denyse Stoneback and I hosted a vir...
09/24/2021

#TeamRam had a productive week last week!

✅ Alderperson Debra Silverstein, State Rep. Denyse Stoneback and I hosted a virtual job fair to help our neighbors find new employment.
✅ Rep. Marcus Evans and I joined a panel discussion on the #FutureOfWork with our state's leading academia to discuss our expected policy outcomes, Employment Quality Index, and focus areas for the task force.
✅ Jewish United Fund and my office organized a meeting with some of our district's leading human service agencies to discuss to the challenges and opportunities we have in serving those most in need.
✅ The Hollywood-North Park Community Association held a virtual community meeting to discuss legislative updates from Springfield.

📣 Last week I was honored to receive the Illinois Optometric Association's Legislator of the Year Award. Thanks to their...
09/23/2021

📣 Last week I was honored to receive the Illinois Optometric Association's Legislator of the Year Award. Thanks to their partnership we were able to pass Senate Bill 567, which allows licensed optometrists to practice optometry through telehealth. This wouldn’t have been possible without the work and the advocacy of the IOA.

📣 Last week I was honored to receive the Illinois Optometric Association's Legislator of the Year Award. Thanks to their partnership we were able to pass Senate Bill 567, which allows licensed optometrists to practice optometry through telehealth. This wouldn’t have been possible without the work and the advocacy of the IOA.

Was your small business affected by the pandemic? 💸 $250 million in #Back2Business grants are available to small busines...
09/22/2021

Was your small business affected by the pandemic? 💸 $250 million in #Back2Business grants are available to small businesses in industries hit hardest by COVID-19. Learn more about the grant program and get technical assistance with applications THIS FRIDAY between 9AM-12:30PM at Skokie Public Library. Masks will be required for in-person attendence. Learn more and start your application here. ➡ bit.ly/B2Bgrants

📣 Today I attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Oakton Community College's Ray Hartstein Campus to celebrate updates to ...
09/21/2021

📣 Today I attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Oakton Community College's Ray Hartstein Campus to celebrate updates to several parts of their campus. These will make the campus a more welcoming and functional space for students and the community to gather and learn.

📣 Over the coming months it is expected that over 500 Afghan refugees will re-settle in the Chicagoland area. Our office...
09/21/2021

📣 Over the coming months it is expected that over 500 Afghan refugees will re-settle in the Chicagoland area. Our office is in contact with RefugeeOne and other members of the Refugee Action Network about how we can all help to welcome and meet the immediate needs of these new and resilient members of our community.

Our office is partnering with Representative Denyse Stoneback and State Rep John C. D'Amico, to help collect winter coats for the RefugeeOne Share the Warmth Coat Drive for incoming refugees. Please see below for more details.

📣 Over the coming months it is expected that over 500 Afghan refugees will re-settle in the Chicagoland area. Our office is in contact with RefugeeOne and other members of the Refugee Action Network about how we can all help to welcome and meet the immediate needs of these new and resilient members of our community.

Our office is partnering with Representative Denyse Stoneback and State Rep John C. D'Amico, to help collect winter coats for the RefugeeOne Share the Warmth Coat Drive for incoming refugees. Please see below for more details.

Chag Sameach to all our neighbors celebrating Sukkot tonight! Enjoy a safe and healthy celebration with loved ones.
09/20/2021

Chag Sameach to all our neighbors celebrating Sukkot tonight! Enjoy a safe and healthy celebration with loved ones.

Chag Sameach to all our neighbors celebrating Sukkot tonight! Enjoy a safe and healthy celebration with loved ones.

‼️Reminder‼️ Our COVID-19 testing site at JCC will be closed this Thursday in observance of Succos.
09/19/2021

‼️Reminder‼️ Our COVID-19 testing site at JCC will be closed this Thursday in observance of Succos.

‼️Reminder‼️ Our COVID-19 testing site at JCC will be closed this Thursday in observance of Succos.

🍂 The 2nd Annual Fall Nature Fest is happening this Saturday, September 18 at LaBagh Woods. Join us from 12-3PM to learn...
09/17/2021

🍂 The 2nd Annual Fall Nature Fest is happening this Saturday, September 18 at LaBagh Woods. Join us from 12-3PM to learn about nature, play games, and watch an incredible performance from the Jesse White Tumblers!

🍂 The 2nd Annual Fall Nature Fest is happening this Saturday, September 18 at LaBagh Woods. Join us from 12-3PM to learn about nature, play games, and watch an incredible performance from the Jesse White Tumblers!

🇺🇸 Our armed service members taken as prisoners of war or missing in action will never be forgotten. Today we show our r...
09/17/2021

🇺🇸 Our armed service members taken as prisoners of war or missing in action will never be forgotten. Today we show our respect and gratitude for those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

🇺🇸 Our armed service members taken as prisoners of war or missing in action will never be forgotten. Today we show our respect and gratitude for those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

The vibrant and diverse Latino community in Illinois continues to play a critical role in our state’s success—join me to...
09/16/2021

The vibrant and diverse Latino community in Illinois continues to play a critical role in our state’s success—join me to celebrate their contributions this #HispanicHeritageMonth!

The vibrant and diverse Latino community in Illinois continues to play a critical role in our state’s success—join me to celebrate their contributions this #HispanicHeritageMonth!

Families of students in temporary living situations are eligible to receive $500 through the Chicago Families Forward Fu...
09/15/2021

Families of students in temporary living situations are eligible to receive $500 through the Chicago Families Forward Fund. 💸 This program will help reduce barriers to a successful school year for students experiencing housing instability.

Learn more and apply here. ➡ cps.edu/FamiliesForwardFund.

Families of students in temporary living situations are eligible to receive $500 through the Chicago Families Forward Fund. 💸 This program will help reduce barriers to a successful school year for students experiencing housing instability.

Learn more and apply here. ➡ cps.edu/FamiliesForwardFund.

G’mar chatima tova! May members of the Jewish community celebrating #YomKippur have an easy, meaningful fast and be insc...
09/15/2021

G’mar chatima tova! May members of the Jewish community celebrating #YomKippur have an easy, meaningful fast and be inscribed in the Book of Life.

G’mar chatima tova! May members of the Jewish community celebrating #YomKippur have an easy, meaningful fast and be inscribed in the Book of Life.

‼️Reminder‼️ Our COVID-19 testing site at JCC will be closed this Thursday in observance of Yom Kippur.
09/13/2021

‼️Reminder‼️ Our COVID-19 testing site at JCC will be closed this Thursday in observance of Yom Kippur.

‼️Reminder‼️ Our COVID-19 testing site at JCC will be closed this Thursday in observance of Yom Kippur.

Don't miss our virtual job fair with Alderperson Debra Silverstein and State Rep. Denyse Stoneback. Workshop your resume...
09/13/2021

Don't miss our virtual job fair with Alderperson Debra Silverstein and State Rep. Denyse Stoneback. Workshop your resume and meet local employers actively hiring at this free event. If you weren't able to attend the first day, it's not too late! You can register for the second day of the job fair here. ➡ 50thwardjobfair.eventbrite.com

Don't miss our virtual job fair with Alderperson Debra Silverstein and State Rep. Denyse Stoneback. Workshop your resume and meet local employers actively hiring at this free event. If you weren't able to attend the first day, it's not too late! You can register for the second day of the job fair here. ➡ 50thwardjobfair.eventbrite.com

📣 Don't miss next week's virtual job fair with Alderman Debra Silverstein, 50th Ward and Representative Denyse Stoneback...
09/12/2021

📣 Don't miss next week's virtual job fair with Alderman Debra Silverstein, 50th Ward and Representative Denyse Stoneback. Workshop your resume and meet local employers actively hiring at this free event. Register here. ➡ 50thwardjobfair.eventbrite.com

📣 Don't miss next week's virtual job fair with Alderman Debra Silverstein, 50th Ward and Representative Denyse Stoneback. Workshop your resume and meet local employers actively hiring at this free event. Register here. ➡ 50thwardjobfair.eventbrite.com

🇺🇸 Twenty years later, please join us in reflecting on how Americans helped each other cope, recover and grieve. My thou...
09/11/2021

🇺🇸 Twenty years later, please join us in reflecting on how Americans helped each other cope, recover and grieve. My thoughts are with the families and survivors of that horrific attack. #WeRemember

🇺🇸 Twenty years later, please join us in reflecting on how Americans helped each other cope, recover and grieve. My thoughts are with the families and survivors of that horrific attack. #WeRemember

Protect our community from the delta variant by getting tested for COVID-19. 🧪 We are partnering with JCC Chicago and No...
09/08/2021

Protect our community from the delta variant by getting tested for COVID-19. 🧪 We are partnering with JCC Chicago and Northshore Clinical Labs to offer free testing services. Schedule an appointment here. ➡ bit.ly/JCCTesting

Protect our community from the delta variant by getting tested for COVID-19. 🧪 We are partnering with JCC Chicago and Northshore Clinical Labs to offer free testing services. Schedule an appointment here. ➡ bit.ly/JCCTesting

📣 Don't miss next week's virtual job fair with Alderman Debra Silverstein, 50th Ward and Representative Denyse Stoneback...
09/07/2021

📣 Don't miss next week's virtual job fair with Alderman Debra Silverstein, 50th Ward and Representative Denyse Stoneback. Workshop your resume and meet local employers actively hiring at this free event. Register here. ➡ 50thwardjobfair.eventbrite.com

📣 Don't miss next week's virtual job fair with Alderman Debra Silverstein, 50th Ward and Representative Denyse Stoneback. Workshop your resume and meet local employers actively hiring at this free event. Register here. ➡ 50thwardjobfair.eventbrite.com

On this #LaborDay let us reflect on the hard-fought rights that our brothers and sisters in the labor movement gave us. ...
09/06/2021

On this #LaborDay let us reflect on the hard-fought rights that our brothers and sisters in the labor movement gave us. We enjoy this extended weekend (and all weekends) because of their sacrifices.

On this #LaborDay let us reflect on the hard-fought rights that our brothers and sisters in the labor movement gave us. We enjoy this extended weekend (and all weekends) because of their sacrifices.

L’shana tovah to all our neighbors celebrating #RoshHashanah tonight! Best wishes to you and your family for a sweet new...
09/06/2021

L’shana tovah to all our neighbors celebrating #RoshHashanah tonight! Best wishes to you and your family for a sweet new year filled with health, happiness and peace.

L’shana tovah to all our neighbors celebrating #RoshHashanah tonight! Best wishes to you and your family for a sweet new year filled with health, happiness and peace.

Last week Gov. Pritzker signed four more pieces of legislation from our community-focused agenda – making a total of 27 ...
09/04/2021

Last week Gov. Pritzker signed four more pieces of legislation from our community-focused agenda – making a total of 27 bills signed from this legislative session!

✅ SB 2496 – We amended the Collateral Recovery Act to give the Illinois Commerce Commission greater oversight on repossession businesses and to provide clearer standards of practice for this industry.
✅ HB 2766 – We amended the Chicago Municipal Article of the Illinois Pension Code to allow annuitants to pay dues to a labor organization of their choosing. This was an initiative of our brothers and sisters at AFSCME on behalf of the workers and retirees they represent.
✅ HB 2521 – This law protects and preserves the right to lawful strike in Illinois by establishing workplace protections for employees that exercise that right. I worked with the essential workers represented by SEIU Local 73 on this legislation.
✅ HB 2499 – This law contains recommendations from the U.S. Coast Guard's Auditor General to align Illinois’ Boat Registration and Safety Act with federal rules and regulations. I worked with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources on this legislation.

See the other new laws we passed this year below. ⤵️

📣 The Illinois Department of Employment Security - IDES is reminding residents that federal pandemic unemployment benefi...
09/03/2021

📣 The Illinois Department of Employment Security - IDES is reminding residents that federal pandemic unemployment benefits are set to expire Sep. 4, 2021. These programs include PUA, FPUC, PEUC and MEUC.

Our office is available to help if you currently rely on these additional benefits. 📞 Please call us at (872) 208-5188 if we can assist with finding employment, food insecurity or accessing state services during this difficult time. If you are in need of additional resources, please check out our extensive list of resources at bit.ly/econassistance.

📣 The Illinois Department of Employment Security - IDES is reminding residents that federal pandemic unemployment benefits are set to expire Sep. 4, 2021. These programs include PUA, FPUC, PEUC and MEUC.

Our office is available to help if you currently rely on these additional benefits. 📞 Please call us at (872) 208-5188 if we can assist with finding employment, food insecurity or accessing state services during this difficult time. If you are in need of additional resources, please check out our extensive list of resources at bit.ly/econassistance.

🇻🇳 Wishing a happy #VietnameseIndependenceDay to all our neighbors in the 8th District and across Illinois. On this day ...
09/02/2021

🇻🇳 Wishing a happy #VietnameseIndependenceDay to all our neighbors in the 8th District and across Illinois. On this day in 1945 Vietnam was officially freed from French colonial rule. Enjoy a safe and healthy celebration!

🇻🇳 Wishing a happy #VietnameseIndependenceDay to all our neighbors in the 8th District and across Illinois. On this day in 1945 Vietnam was officially freed from French colonial rule. Enjoy a safe and healthy celebration!

Was your small business affected by the pandemic? 💸 $250 million in #Back2Business grants are available to small busines...
09/01/2021

Was your small business affected by the pandemic? 💸 $250 million in #Back2Business grants are available to small businesses in industries hit hardest by COVID-19. Learn more about the grant program and get technical assistance with applications TOMORROW at 9-11AM at the Indo-American Center. Masks will be required for in-person attendance. Learn more and start your application here. ➡ bit.ly/B2Bgrants

📣 The Energy Transition Act is the strongest clean jobs plan in the nation, and I am proud to have voted in support of t...
09/01/2021
Villivalam: Illinois leads fight against climate change with Energy Transition Act

📣 The Energy Transition Act is the strongest clean jobs plan in the nation, and I am proud to have voted in support of this legislation.

This comprehensive package expands our renewable energy portfolio to make Illinois a leader in the fight against climate change. It sets bold decarbonization goals that prioritize the health of all Illinois residents, including those most affected by environmental injustice, and creates grant programs so working people in the energy sector experience a just transition to a good-paying job in clean energy.

Climate change remains one of the greatest threats to our nation. I am honored to have voted for this plan as it will make Illinois a leader in clean energy and protect the planet we call home. ➡ bit.ly/3DDmDCe

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Don't miss out on tonight's Property Tax Appeal Workshop! Join Commissioner Michael Cabonargi and other elected partners...
08/31/2021

Don't miss out on tonight's Property Tax Appeal Workshop! Join Commissioner Michael Cabonargi and other elected partners to learn how your property taxes are assessed and how you can appeal. Masks are required - see you there!

📍 Croation Cultural Center, 2845 W. Devon Ave.
📅 TODAY
⏰ 6PM

Don't miss out on tonight's Property Tax Appeal Workshop! Join Commissioner Michael Cabonargi and other elected partners to learn how your property taxes are assessed and how you can appeal. Masks are required - see you there!

📍 Croation Cultural Center, 2845 W. Devon Ave.
📅 TODAY
⏰ 6PM

📣 We were happy to join students and staff at John Palmer Elementary School in Chicago for a #BackToSchool bash today! S...
08/30/2021

📣 We were happy to join students and staff at John Palmer Elementary School in Chicago for a #BackToSchool bash today! Students had the opportunity to receive the supplies they need for a successful school year. Thank you to the event organizers for keeping our community healthy and safe during the event.

📣 Last week Gov. Pritzker signed HB 2521 to protect the right to strike in Illinois. Our plan will protect our brothers ...
08/30/2021
Gov. Pritzker Signs Law Protecting Workers’ Right to Organize and Strike

📣 Last week Gov. Pritzker signed HB 2521 to protect the right to strike in Illinois. Our plan will protect our brothers and sisters from retaliation in the workplace as they advocate for a living wage, decent benefits and better working conditions. I am proud to have championed this vital legislation. Read more here. ➡ bit.ly/3t05DkI

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FOP President John Catanzara should resign immediately for his heinous comparison of vaccine mandates to the Holocaust. ...
08/27/2021

FOP President John Catanzara should resign immediately for his heinous comparison of vaccine mandates to the Holocaust. I stand with our fellow Jewish community members and my colleagues in the Illinois Legislative Jewish Caucus.

FOP President John Catanzara should resign immediately for his heinous comparison of vaccine mandates to the Holocaust. I stand with our fellow Jewish community members and my colleagues in the Illinois Legislative Jewish Caucus.

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