SPRINGFIELD – A possible loophole affecting abused minors in DCFS care would be closed under a bill sponsored by State Senator Laura Fine (D-Glenview).

Senate Bill 1116 fixes gaps in the language of a current statute that leaves open the potential for abuse to go unpunished if the survivor reaches their 18th birthday before the scheduled court date.

“This is an unfortunate example of an unforeseen circumstance creating an issue, and I’m glad to help fix it,” Fine said. “Abusers shouldn’t get off scot-free just because of the date on the calendar.”

This has happened in the past in rare circumstances. SB1116 closes the loophole to allow the cases to be brought to trial, regardless of when the minor comes of age. The measure passed the Senate with unanimous bipartisan support, and will move to the House of Representatives for consideration.

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SPRINGFIELD – To honor women in public office, State Senator Laura Fine (D-Glenview) passed a resolution declaring March 28, 2019, as Celebrating Women in Public Office Day in Illinois.

“Elected women in our state have spearheaded some of the most groundbreaking legislation in Illinois,” Fine said. “I think it’s important that we recognize the hard work and achievements of women in public office everywhere.”

Senate Resolution 271 supports the success of women in public office and encourages the people of Illinois to support women in public office. There are currently 64 women in the Illinois General Assembly, which is 36 percent of the body’s membership. According to the National Conference of State Legislators, this puts Illinois 11th in the US in terms of women officeholders in the state legislature.

The resolution passed the Senate unanimously and is therefore officially adopted.

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SPRINGFIELD –State Senator Laura Fine (D-Glenview) is fighting for the dignity of workers with intellectual or development disabilities with a new bill meant to assist with job searches and wage negotiation.

“Individuals with disabilities have an unemployment rate that is almost three times higher than the statewide average, and many are paid well below the minimum wage” Fine said. “I think we have a duty as a society to find a person’s individual talents and skills so that everyone has the opportunity to contribute to their community. I’m proud to have sponsored this legislation that protects the best interests of our state’s workers with disabilities.”

Senate Bill 2087 establishes the Customized Employment for Individuals with Disabilities Act. The act creates a five-year pilot program designed to provide individuals with disabilities who are looking for employment with assistance in their job search and to help these workers negotiate fair wages with their employers.

The bill was approved by the Senate with unanimous bipartisan support and now moves to the House of Representatives.

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SPRINGFIELD – To ensure dignity for all in the workplace, State Senator Laura Fine (D-Glenview) is pushing for workers with intellectual or development disabilities to have help seeking employment and negotiating fair compensation.

“The unemployment rate of individuals with disabilities is nearly three times higher than the statewide unemployment rate,” Fine said. “On top of that, a large portion of these employees make less than the minimum wage. It’s time we help workers receive the respect and dignity they deserve on the job.”

Senate Bill 2087 creates the Customized Employment for Individuals with Disabilities Act, which would establish a five-year pilot program with two main functions: To assist individuals with disabilities who are seeking work in finding employment, and to help workers with disabilities negotiate with employers to ensure they receive fair compensation.

The bill is an initiative of The Arc of Illinois, an organization that provides assistance to individuals with disabilities throughout the state. It passed the Senate Committee on Human Services with a unanimous vote and is scheduled to be heard by the full Senate.

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