I would like to take a moment to wish you and your loved ones a very Happy Thanksgiving. As we gather with family and friends this week, I hope we all take a moment to reflect on that which we are thankful, and to consider those who may be struggling and in need. Our office continues to collect non-perishable items for our local food pantries, and the Wings Domestic Violence Shelter.
Prompted by a recent report detailing the appalling misuse of “quiet rooms” in Illinois schools, State Senator Laura Murphy (D-Des Plaines) has announced her support of a House bill that aims to end the use of isolation and seclusion as punishment in Illinois.
State Representative Deanne Mazzochi (R-Elmhurst) is pushing for legislation to address an unfair loophole in the General Assembly pay structure by reforming the way in which lawmakers are paid upon leaving office.
As the pharmaceutical industry continues to increase their profits at the expense of families and seniors, state Rep. Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz, D-Glenview, helped to pass legislation to hold big pharma accountable by addressing the price-gouging of insulin.
State Rep. Fred Crespo, D-Hoffman Estates, released the following statement responding to a Tribune/ProPublica Illinois investigation revealing the disturbing use of student isolation in schools across the state: “It cannot be understated how disturbing these revelations are as it is clear that they are not only unlawful but an abusive way to treat children.