Wishing you a Happy New Year!
To all those who celebrated over the weekend, I hope you had a very Merry Christmas!
A special thank you to everyone who donated to our Spread Good Cheer Collection Drive and our Season of Giving Blood Drive over the past few weeks. The blood drive almost doubled our donation goal and collected enough to help as many as 126 patients! Similarly, the donations to the collection drive for CASA were nothing short of amazing! We collected dozens of each of the needed items – hats, gloves, pajamas, etc. – and nearly $700 in gift cards. Thanks to the incredible generosity of our communities, CASA of Lake and Cook Counties will be able to help provide warm clothes and comfort to so many local children in need.
From my family to yours, I wish you a very happy and healthy New Year!
Reflecting on first year in office.
As we approach the end of 2021, I recently joined the Have All Voted Who Wish podcast to discuss my first year in the Illinois General Assembly and working to pass legislation supporting students with disabilities, cutting trailer registration fees and expanding access to telehealth services. We also discussed a lack of action to address major problems to substantively reform Illinois’ ethics laws, lower property taxes and reform the state’s ailing pension system. Listen of the full discussion here.
New laws effective January 1st.
When the new year arrives on January 1st, it will bring with it nearly 300 new laws in Illinois – addressing everything from confidentiality for victims of human trafficking to lowering fees for trailer license plates.
Insurance companies will now be required to cover comprehensive testing for cancer predisposition, pancreatic cancer screenings and tests for diabetes and vitamin D deficiency. Parking will be made easier for expectant mothers in their third trimester as they will be eligible for a free placard to park in handicap-designated spots. New laws in 2022 will help fund educational scholarships to military families, expand cottage food operations and promote awareness of sarcoidosis. Click here for a summary of all the new laws.
Thank you for taking the time to read my e-newsletter. It is an honor to represent our communities. If you have any questions or concerns about anything you read, please feel free to contact me.