Chicago summer is in full swing — it’s getting hotter every day, construction is popping up all around our city, and many local street fests are back in our neighborhoods. Despite my heartbreak over losing eight amazing Cubs players, this summer has been good to me and my family. I hope you and yours have been able to enjoy this time too.
My first bill that I led in the House was signed into law on Tuesday, expanding the definition of infertility to include all Illinoisans and ensuring no one faces discriminatory financial barriers when trying to start or grow a family.
I’m so grateful that a constituent, Dr. Zachary Marcus, brought this injustice in our state’s insurance law to my attention last year, and I’m thrilled he was able to join me for the bill signing! I am so proud that Illinois is now a place where all families, regardless of age, relationship status, medical condition or sexuality, have the same fertility treatment coverage.
Over the last month, Governor Pritzker signed a number of other bills I was proud to cosponsor into law, including HB135 which makes hormonal birth control accessible over the counter, getting rid of a huge barrier that prevents many people from controlling their own reproductive health.
Thank you to all those that came to grab a beer (or drink of their choice) this past Friday on our BEER Act Brewery Crawl with Rep. Ann Williams and Senator Sara Feigenholtz. It was nice to put faces to names and meet constituents in a fun, unique way!
As we’re seeing the COVID-19 Delta variant surge across the state and the country, there’s never been a more important time to get vaccinated. If you or someone you know needs help finding a vaccine, please reach out. As COVID precautions are being reinstated, feel free to contact my office with any questions or needs.
I want to take this opportunity to remind you that my ‘door’ is always open –even if my physical office may be closed due to COVID precautions.
I encourage you to reach out. We’ve now changed who can access fertility care in our state because a constituent spoke up about his experience with fertility treatment coverage and asked for help. We can make change together, so please let me know how I can help you! firstname.lastname@example.org