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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

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

052914 js 0450Given my line of work, I've gotten used to being referred to in all sorts of different ways -- some kind and some less so. In addition to my actual name, friendly people sometimes call me "Senator Biss" or "Senator" or even "the Senator" (which, yes, feels just about as strange as you might imagine).

Obviously, people are free to use whatever name or title makes them feel the most comfortable, and I certainly don't mind any of the options, but in case you're interested in my preferences, they break down into three categories:

1. If I am your father, you can call me "Daddy".
2. If you are a relative of mine who met me before I turned 5, or if you were introduced to me by someone who is, then you can call me "Danny".
3. Otherwise, please call me "Daniel".

Sometimes people wonder why, in our world of titles and hierarchies, I'd rather just be called by my name rather than my title -- especially given that I worked hard to attain that office and feel so honored to hold it.

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Democracy

supremecourt1picOn Sunday, June 29, I joined more than a million people for the 45th annual Chicago Pride Parade. The parade was held less than a month after marriage equality became the law of the land, and it was an exuberant and joyous celebration -- truly worthy of its name.

The following morning, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision in the "Hobby Lobby" case. By a bare 5-4 majority, the Court ruled that "closely held corporations" have certain First Amendment freedom of religion rights and consequently cannot be obligated to include contraception in health insurance plans they offer, contrary to the Affordable Care Act that does so obligate them.

Four days later was July 4, and I marched in a number of parades celebrating Independence Day. As you might imagine, marching in these parades is a noisy, energetic, sweaty affair -- not one that allows for privacy or quiet conversations. However, at one of these parades, a woman called me over to speak with her and said, in a tone of voice whose seriousness definitely didn't match the generic parade mood, "Thank you for voting for SB2636 -- it was for her." She pointed to her young daughter who was playing on the sidewalk just like any number of other kids at a parade.

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Courts

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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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