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Inside ASID’s fight to expand designers’ practice rights
Kaufman, who is an ASID member, lobbied for what would become Illinois House Bill 4715, meeting with her state representative, Margaret Croke, and state senator, Laura Fine, at least once a year for the past several years. Kaufman’s argument centered on the plight of small women-run businesses like hers being stymied by bureaucracy and outdated perceptions of designers.
Illinois House Democrats launch new working groups addressing top issues
Illinois House Speaker Emanuel “Chris” Welch announced the creation of four new working groups Monday to help find solutions to critical issues for the state. The new groups will try to address serious concerns about the future of reproductive health following the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade, firearm safety, mental health awareness, and the rise of online extremism.
Readout of White House Meeting with State Legislative Leaders on Holding Gun Manufacturers Accountable | The White House
Today, Julie Chavez Rodriguez, Senior Advisor to the President and White House Intergovernmental Affairs Director, and White House officials from the Domestic Policy Council and Office of Intergovernmental Affairs convened a meeting with state legislative leaders from New York, Delaware, California, and Illinois to discuss how states are leading the way in efforts to hold gun manufacturers accountable.
Best Of: New Illinois law requires dementia training for EMTs
A bill passed this month in Illinois will require training Emergency Medical Technicians and paramedics to look out for these signs of dementia. It’s the first training requirement of its kind in the country. The 21st was joined by the leader of the Alzheimer’s Association of Illinois, one of the bill’s sponsors, and someone whose mother has been diagnosed with dementia.
Gun-makers have long been shielded from liability after mass shootings. That’s starting to change — and Highland Park has noticed.
As Highland Park officials ponder their legal response to the Independence Day mass shooting that killed seven people and injured dozens more, a slow-moving case just over the state line suggests one possible path.
Governor Pritzker Announces $250 Million in Grant Awards for Small Businesses
When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, our small businesses and nonprofits faced unprecedented challenges as they struggled to make payroll, keep the doors open, and continue providing the services our residents rely on. The Back to Business grant program was able to provide millions of dollars in grant funding to help organizations get through these difficult times and emerge in a position of strength.
Governor Pritzker Announces $250 Million in Grant Awards for Small Businesses
“When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, our small businesses and nonprofits faced unprecedented challenges as they struggled to make payroll, keep the doors open, and continue providing the services our residents rely on. The Back to Business grant program was able to provide millions of dollars in grant funding to help organizations get through these difficult times and emerge in a position of strength.”
Gov. Pritzker Speaks Out Against Overturning of Roe v. Wade, Affirms Reproductive Rights
“Reports that the Supreme Court has voted to overturn Roe vs. Wade are devastating. Women will die if Roe vs. Wade is overturned – women who are forced to give birth knowing it will kill them, women who will seek abortions in back alleys, and more,”
Illinois Legislature Passes First-In-The-Nation Dementia Training for EMTs
The chief sponsors of House Bill 4388 were Senator Celina Villanueva and Representative Margaret Croke. The bill passed with overwhelming bipartisan majorities in both chambers – the Illinois Senate on a vote of 53-0-0 and the Illinois House on a vote of 98-11-2.
Catalytic Converter Thefts Up Across US as Crimes Reported in Chicago Area: Police
“Catalytic converter theft is not a problem that simply affects Chicago. Up and down Illinois, communities are feeling the effects of these crimes,” said Illinois Rep. Margaret Croke, D-Chicago. “We cannot allow our state to become a place where drivers feel unsafe just parking outside.”
The Texas abortion ban created a ‘vigilante’ loophole. Both parties are rushing to take advantage
Days later after Kavanaugh spoke, state Rep. Margaret Croke (D) introduced her bill in Illinois, similar to the one in California, that allows private individuals to take to court anyone involved with making, shipping or selling firearms that can be linked to an injury or death in the state.
States weigh Texas-style enforcement for guns, schools after Supreme Court abortion ruling
“If the Supreme Court is going to say that this is an option for people to have when it comes to stopping something they don’t like…then I’m going to take advantage of that and use that same logic,” said Rep. Margaret Croke, a Democrat who represents a portion of Chicago in the state legislature, and the lead sponsor on the bill.
RADIO: Proposed legislation in Illinois would allow victims of gun violence to sue the manufacturer
State Rep. Margaret Croke (IL-12th) joins Steve Bertrand on Chicago’s Afternoon News to explain the proposed Protecting Heartbeats Act which would allow residents to bring a civil suit against the manufacturer, importer or dealer of a firearm if they or a loved one are hurt or killed as a result of the unlawful discharge of a gun in the state.
Suburban activist, Chicago lawmaker hope allowing civil suits against illegal gun sellers will ‘send a message’
State Rep. Margaret Croke’s legislation would allow Illinois residents to bring a civil suit against the manufacturer, importer or dealer of a firearm if they, or a loved one, are hurt or killed as a result of the unlawful discharge of a gun in the state.
Story from Policy & Regulation OPINION State of Crypto: Federal Regulations Are Coming Into Focus
May was a pretty eventful month on the U.S. regulatory front (and on the crypto front generally). The Biden Administration is finally moving beyond broad statements and beginning to hint at what the industry can actually expect from new crypto regulations…
State Rep. Margaret Croke wants to make Illinois a leader in the FinTech industry
State Rep. Margaret Croke joins Anna to talk about why she’s sponsoring legislation to allow financial service companies that deal with crypto-assets to apply for a charter through the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, Division of Banking, just like any other financial institution….
New Bill Could Expand Healthcare For LGBTQ Couples, Singles In Illinois
A new bill in Springfield seeks to expand fertility healthcare for LGBTQ adults and single women. Specifically, it would mean that health insurance providers would have to cover fertility treatments for LGBTQ individuals — not just straight couples. Reset brings on the lawmaker spearheading the effort.
LGBTQ, single prospective parents in Illinois would have access to fertility benefits under proposed law
“This is an anti-discrimination bill,” said Croke, the mother of a 15-month-old son. “Having my child was the best thing that ever happened to me, and the idea of taking that away from someone just because of who they love is cruel.”
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