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biss0619Thank you for visiting my website.

I am proud to serve as the State Senator from Illinois’ 9th Senate District. I hope you’ll find this site a useful resource in keeping up to date with what’s happening in our district and in Springfield. Please contact any of my offices with questions or ways I can better serve you.

It is my honor to represent you in Springfield.

Sincerely, 

 BissSig

State Senator Daniel Biss

9th Legislative District

I've spent much of this year working on the Secure Choice Retirement Savings Program, a bill to help the 2.5 million Illinois workers who currently lack access to employer-sponsored retirement plans (and are therefore at significant risk of living in poverty in old age) save for retirement. You can read some background on it here.

The bill passed the Senate on April 9, but is still awaiting a vote in the House, so I'm spending the summer doing all I can to advocate for its passage. This advocacy has resulted in some pretty interesting media coverage.

For instance, here's a very generous Washington Post column that delves into some of the interest group opposition to our work, and a New York Times story that describes efforts taking place across the country on the topic.

Also, my colleague Michael Frerichs and I wrote an op-ed that has appeared in several papers including the Sun-Times, and here's an appearance on WBEZ's Afternoon Shift last week.

Finally, for those who speak Spanish, here's an appearance on Univision and a story in Hoy.

I'll keep you posted on this project in the coming months; I hope to have updates as we build support for this important measure.

floodingThanks to everyone who joined me at the beautiful Tyner Center in Glenview to talk about flooding and stormwater management in our community. I thought it was a fantastic discussion and I'm extremely grateful to the panelists for sharing their expertise. You can see the panelists' presentations below. Additionally, I hope you'll join me at 7 p.m. August 26 at the Skokie Public Library to discuss the importance of balancing our access to new technologies against our right to privacy. I'll be joined by another terrific panel and would love to see you there! You can always call my office at 847-568-1250 with any questions.

PowerPoint presentations:

Pensions are in trouble in America. For more than three decades, private employers have been shifting away from traditional pensions and adopting 401(k)-style plans. A handful of public employers have done the same, and other governments are being pressured to follow suit.

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Those who advocate that we should abandon defined benefit pensions typically say that they're unsustainable -- and their primary evidence is that public pensions funds are deeply in debt. The truth of the matter, though, is that a defined benefit pension system can be perfectly sustainable if managed properly, and that most of our pension problems result from mismanagement. This mismanagement has taken many forms (including the use of inappropriate assumptions about investment returns and mortality, tolerance of abuse, and granting of unfunded or retroactive benefit enhancements) but by far the most common, most tempting, and most easily avoidable one is deliberate underfunding.

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Pensions

120208 js 0036Each summer and fall my office puts on a monthly event to discuss a specific topic pertinent to our district. We're very excited about this year's schedule, and I hope you'll be able to join us at these events! Please contact us with any questions you may have at 847-568-1250 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Suburban Flooding: Finding regional solutions to a growing problem
July 23, 7:30 p.m. Tyner Center, 2400 Compass Road, Glenview

Rethinking Privacy in a Digital Age
August 26, 7 p.m. Skokie Public Library, 5215 Oakton St., Skokie

School Funding in Illinois: Opportunities, challenges, and striking a balance
September 16, 7 p.m. JEH Early Childhood Center, 1500 McDaniel Ave., Evanston

Excellence and Access: Higher education for a 21st century economy
October 27, 7 p.m., Rebecca Crown Center, 633 N. Clark St., Northwestern University, Evanston

More Efficiency and Better Governance: Local government consolidation
November 13, 7 p.m. Winnetka Community House, 620 Lincoln Ave., Winnetka

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Contact me

District office:
3706 Dempster St.
Skokie, IL 60076
(847) 568-1250
(847) 568-1256 FAX

Springfield office:
M121 Capitol Building
Springfield, IL 62706
(217) 782-2119

Email:
biss@senatedem.illinois.gov

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