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"This Labor Day, let us remember the struggles and the progress that have defined America, and let us resolve to continu...
09/02/2019

"This Labor Day, let us remember the struggles and the progress that have defined America, and let us resolve to continue building a nation where everyone is treated fairly, where hard work pays off, and where all things are possible for all people." -President Barack Obama

"The first "same site" adult-use cannabis licenses would go to the locations operated by Green Thumb Industries in Munde...
08/30/2019
Illinois Awards First 5 'Same-Site' Cannabis Dispensary Licenses

"The first "same site" adult-use cannabis licenses would go to the locations operated by Green Thumb Industries in Mundelein, Joliet, Naperville, Canton and Effingham, the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation announced Thursday"

All five of the first recreational marijuana licenses went to dispensaries operated by the same company, but they may not all be permitted.

A must read op-ed from the pen of Sen. Kimberly Lightford
07/15/2019
We've had a historic year in the Illinois Senate

A must read op-ed from the pen of Sen. Kimberly Lightford

There have been major changes that will bring millions of new dollars to our schools and social justice initiatives seeking to right past wrongs by investing in under-served communities and over-targeted people.

"Illinois' new governor delivered on a top campaign promise Tuesday by signing legislation legalizing small amounts of m...
07/01/2019
Illinois to expunge marijuana convictions from nearly 800K criminal records

"Illinois' new governor delivered on a top campaign promise Tuesday by signing legislation legalizing small amounts of marijuana for recreational use, the 11th state to do so and the first to implement a comprehensive statewide cannabis marketplace designed by legislators."

Illinois became the 11th state to legalize small amounts of marijuana for recreational use.

“Juneteenth is an American holiday that commemorates the June 19, 1865, announcement of the abolition of slavery in the ...
06/19/2019

“Juneteenth is an American holiday that commemorates the June 19, 1865, announcement of the abolition of slavery in the U.S. state of Texas, and more generally the emancipation of enslaved African Americans throughout the former Confederate States of America."

"So much of the progress that would define the 20th century, on both sides of the Atlantic, came down to the battle for ...
06/07/2019

"So much of the progress that would define the 20th century, on both sides of the Atlantic, came down to the battle for a slice of beach only six miles long and two miles wide." - President Barack Obama

"Companies will staff up fast to meet a Jan. 1 target. Many of those workers eventually will have union cards."
06/03/2019
Illinois marijuana growers plan hiring binge

"Companies will staff up fast to meet a Jan. 1 target. Many of those workers eventually will have union cards."

Companies will staff up fast to meet a Jan. 1 target. Many of those workers eventually will have union cards.

Remembering those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
05/27/2019

Remembering those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

“It is completely immoral to profit off of detaining people,” said state Sen. Omar Aquino (D-Chicago), the bill’s sponso...
05/17/2019
Ban on privately-run immigration detention centers passes Illinois Senate

“It is completely immoral to profit off of detaining people,” said state Sen. Omar Aquino (D-Chicago), the bill’s sponsor in the Senate. “That should not be a money-making scheme for the private sector. Instead, the State of Illinois should be rehabilitating people and preparing them to re-enter society as functioning, productive citizens.”

A bill which would effectively ban privately-run immigration detention centers in Illinois passed the Senate on Thursday. The bill passed the House on a

"While the Illinois law would take effect Jan. 1, the first licenses for Illinois growers, processors and dispensaries w...
05/06/2019
Illinois governor announces plan to legalize marijuana

"While the Illinois law would take effect Jan. 1, the first licenses for Illinois growers, processors and dispensaries wouldn't be issued until May and July 2020, the governor's office said."

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker says he's reached an agreement with key lawmakers on a plan to legalize recreational marijuana in the state starting next year

This week we have 39th District Senator Don Harmon. Sen. Harmon is a father of 3 and a lifelong resident of Oak Park.In ...
05/01/2019

This week we have 39th District Senator Don Harmon. Sen. Harmon is a father of 3 and a lifelong resident of Oak Park.

In his own words: "I am proud to represent this widely diverse District, which ranges from the west side of Chicago into DuPage County.”

You can learn more about him by visiting his website at harmonforillinois.com.

"The region stands to gain more from the plan than anywhere else in the state. And thanks to the Dems’ super-majority, t...
04/24/2019
Pritzker’s Fair Tax Is a Sweet Deal for Southern Illinois

"The region stands to gain more from the plan than anywhere else in the state. And thanks to the Dems’ super-majority, they’ll get it while voting Republican."

The region stands to gain more from the plan than anywhere else in the state. And thanks to the Dems’ supermajority, they’ll get it while voting Republican.

Help us celebrate Earth Day! Pledge to support the Illinois Senate Democrats in our efforts to protect the environment b...
04/22/2019

Help us celebrate Earth Day! Pledge to support the Illinois Senate Democrats in our efforts to protect the environment by making air and water cleaner at http://ilsenatedems.org/earth-day-pledge/

Wishing all of Illinois well this Easter Sunday!
04/21/2019

Wishing all of Illinois well this Easter Sunday!

This week we are featuring Ram for Senate of the 8th District."I am excited to be a part of the new generation in govern...
04/18/2019

This week we are featuring Ram for Senate of the 8th District.

"I am excited to be a part of the new generation in government, one that aims to be effective, proactive, and progressive representatives of our communities." We need to prioritize funding education and human services, investing in transportation and infrastructure, and much more. That all starts and ends with creating a fairer tax system. Together, we can get this done!”

Learn more about Ram at www.ramforsenate.com

"A proposal to overhaul Illinois’ income tax took another step forward Wednesday. The graduated income tax easily cleare...
04/16/2019
Graduated Income Tax Inches Forward

"A proposal to overhaul Illinois’ income tax took another step forward Wednesday. The graduated income tax easily cleared an early hurdle — passage by the Senate Executive Committee."

A proposal to overhaul Illinois’ income tax took another step forward Wednesday. The graduated income tax easily cleared an early hurdle — passage by the

“Let the people vote,” Pritzker said. “We have a constitutional amendment process that ultimately puts this decision to ...
04/11/2019
Gov. J.B. Pritzker to opponents of a graduated income tax: 'Where's their plan?'

“Let the people vote,” Pritzker said. “We have a constitutional amendment process that ultimately puts this decision to the voters. It’s time to let the people of Illinois — our taxpayers — decide.”

Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker accused Republicans of "waging a misinformation campaign" and challenged them to come up with solutions as he took a more aggressive stance on his signature tax initiative.

Rachelle Aud Crowe for Senate represents the 56th Senate District comprised of the Metro East. She recognizes her region...
04/10/2019

Rachelle Aud Crowe for Senate represents the 56th Senate District comprised of the Metro East. She recognizes her region’s vital contributions to the trade industry, and fights tirelessly for working class families. Visit rachelleforsenate.com to learn more.

Life-long Hyde Park resident Robert Peters for Senate was appointed to the 13th District of the Illinois Senate to finis...
04/03/2019

Life-long Hyde Park resident Robert Peters for Senate was appointed to the 13th District of the Illinois Senate to finish Attorney General-Elect Kwame Raoul’s term. Learn more about the one of the new faces in the Senate by visiting his website at www.petersforsenate.com

Today marks the anniversary of the last United States soldier to leave Vietnam. To those over 58,000 young service membe...
03/29/2019

Today marks the anniversary of the last United States soldier to leave Vietnam. To those over 58,000 young service members who gave their lives, along with the 3 million others who served, we want to say thank you.

"This year’s survey began four days after Pritzker laid out his proposal to raise rates on the wealthiest 3% of taxpayer...
03/27/2019
Poll shows broad support for graduated state income tax pushed by Gov. J.B. Pritzker

"This year’s survey began four days after Pritzker laid out his proposal to raise rates on the wealthiest 3% of taxpayers while cutting rates for anyone earning $250,000 a year or less."

A poll by the Paul Simon Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University shows statewide support for a graduated income tax, Gov. J. B. Pritzker's top policy priority.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day Illinois!
03/16/2019

Happy St. Patrick’s Day Illinois!

Tobacco 21, a bill that raises the legal age from 18 to 21 in order to purchase tobacco products, electronic cigarettes,...
03/14/2019

Tobacco 21, a bill that raises the legal age from 18 to 21 in order to purchase tobacco products, electronic cigarettes, chewing tobacco and alternative nicotine products has passed, and is headed to the Governor’s desk!

Gov. JB Pritzker has signed legislation that will provide $55 million in funding for the state's critical access hospita...
03/12/2019
Illinois governor signs bill to fund critical access hospitals: Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker has signed legislation that will provide $55 million in funding for the state's critical access hospitals, his office announced.

Gov. JB Pritzker has signed legislation that will provide $55 million in funding for the state's critical access hospitals.

Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker has signed legislation that will provide $55 million in funding for the state's critical access hospitals, his office announced.

Get to know the origins of Black History Month - https://sdvf.co/BHM19
02/22/2019
The Origins of Black History Month

Get to know the origins of Black History Month - https://sdvf.co/BHM19

The story of Black History Month begins in 1915, half a century after the Thirteenth Amendment abolished slavery in the United States. That September, the Harvard-trained historian Carter G. Woodson and the prominent minister Jesse E. Moorland founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and....

An extraordinary look at what Robert Peters for Senate had to overcome in his journey to the Illinois State Senate.
02/14/2019
Sen. Robert Peters on ‘otherness,’ Hyde Park, the past and the future - hpherald.com

An extraordinary look at what Robert Peters for Senate had to overcome in his journey to the Illinois State Senate.

By AARON GETTINGER Staff Writer Everyone faces difficulties in life, but it would be fair to say that Sen. Robert Peters (D-13th) has faced and overcome extraordinary headwinds. That grit and the reputation he built in Democratic Party politics resulted in his appointment to the Illinois Senate seat...

Illinois lawmakers soon to turn attention to marijuana -- https://sdvf.co/2019News1
02/12/2019
Illinois lawmakers soon to turn attention to marijuana

Illinois lawmakers soon to turn attention to marijuana -- https://sdvf.co/2019News1

SPRINGFIELD — Attention at the Statehouse is expected to begin focusing on one of Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker's top priorities — legalizing recreational marijuana — with the deadline for lawmakers to introduce new bills on Friday. Two key Chicago Democratic lawmakers, Sen. Heather Steans and...

Add your name and show your support for Senate Bill 1.  SB1 will raise minimum wage to $9.25/hr in January of 2020, $10/...
02/07/2019

Add your name and show your support for Senate Bill 1. SB1 will raise minimum wage to $9.25/hr in January of 2020, $10/hr in July of the same year, then it would raise it again by $1 every year until 2025 https://sdvf.co/raisethewage

“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to ke...
01/21/2019

“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”

Congratulations to Governor J.B. Pritzker, Lt. Governor Juliana Stratton, Attorney General Kwame Raoul and the new class...
01/15/2019
Pritzker takes oath as state's 43rd governor: 'Everything is not broken'

Congratulations to Governor J.B. Pritzker, Lt. Governor Juliana Stratton, Attorney General Kwame Raoul and the new class of legislators in the Illinois General Assembly! As Democrats, we have been given a great opportunity by the voters of this state to right our fiscal ship and undo the damage caused by the failed leadership of the past four years.

With former Gov. Bruce Rauner seated in the front row, Pritzker vowed he "won't hollow out the functions of government."

"It's about how we treat our veterans every single day of the year. It's about making sure they have the care they need ...
11/12/2018

"It's about how we treat our veterans every single day of the year. It's about making sure they have the care they need and the benefits that they've earned when they come home. It's about serving all of you as well as you've served the United States of America." - Barack Obama

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11/08/2018

Thank you!

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State government affects many of the most important aspects of our day-to-day life—our families, our jobs and our local communities. Throughout Illinois history, the Senate Democrats have broken barriers, set milestones, and passed key legislation on equality, education, and political reform.

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