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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, 

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State Senator Daniel Biss

9th Legislative District

Biss100On October 27 at 7 p.m., I'll be joined by Morty Schapiro, President of Northwestern University, and Merrill Irving, Associate Vice President of Continuing Education, Training and Workforce Development at Oakton Community College. Together we will be discussing the cost of higher education -- trends, implications and potential action steps.

We stress the importance of pursuing a higher degree to our students, yet the cost is difficult for most families, and prohibitive for others. I know this is an important issue for many members of our community, and I'm eager to share with them the insights of this terrific panel.

I hope you'll be able to join us! The details are below, and the rest of our Critical Issues Series schedule is here.

Event details:

  • What: Excellence and Access: Higher education for a 21st century economy
  • Date: October 27
  • Time: 7:00 p.m.
  • Location: Hardin Hall, Rebecca Crown Center, 633 Clark Street, Northwestern University, Evanston

 

Please call our office at 847-568-1250 with any questions, and we hope to see you there!

edfunding091714Thanks to everyone who joined us at our forum, School Funding in Illinois: Opportunities, challenges and striking a balance. This is a complex, often technical and very emotional topic, and I am very appreciative of the thoughtful and productive conversation we had throughout the evening. Illinois' education funding formula is indisputably broken, and the only way we can start to fix it is through these difficult discussions.

I'm particularly grateful to our panelists for their time and expertise: Paul Goren, the superintendent of Evanston/Skokie School District 65, and Senator Andy Manar, the sponsor of Senate BIll 16, a piece of legislation that reforms our school funding formula.

Senator Manar's PowerPoint presentation can be found pdfhere, and a video of the presentation can be found here.

I want to reiterate, as I did at the forum, that SB16 is a work in progress. The reason the forum was so productive, in my view, is because there's real room to make changes to the bill and to address the serious concerns of our school districts. Your input is crucial to producing a successful outcome, and I hope you'll continue to send your thoughts and concerns our way.

As always, please feel free to give my office a call at 847-568-1250, and I look forward to staying in touch. You can see the rest of our Critical Issues Series schedule here.

purseOne in four American women will experience domestic violence in her life.

Maybe you find that stunning, or maybe you already knew. One way or the other, it's something we don't talk about frequently or honestly enough. So let me say it again: one in four American women will experience domestic violence in her life.

That means around 40 million American women alive today will one day experience domestic violence. It's more than 1.5 million women living in Illinois, and almost two-thirds of a million women in Cook County. It's a lot of people, and (unfortunately counter to a lot of portrayals of abuse we see in the media) they exist in every neighborhood, age group, ethnicity, religion, and socioeconomic class.

These numbers approach epidemic proportions, and that's something people recognize. Two-thirds of Americans believe that domestic violence is a serious problem. Unfortunately, only around one-third have ever talked about it.

To address the prevalence of domestic violence, we need good public policy that protects victims. We certainly need to support service providers that provide safety and legal protections to survivors and their children. But we also need to increase awareness with a robust, honest, difficult public dialogue about the topic.

This brings me to the Purple Purse Challenge, a partnership between many non-profit service providers and the Allstate Foundation. The idea is for people to post photos of themselves with a purple purse online, with the goal of sparking discussion about domestic violence and raising funds for service providers.

The YWCA Evanston/North Shore is the only comprehensive residential domestic violence service provider in the northeastern Chicago metropolitan area. They do extraordinary work, and I was honored that they asked me to participate in the Purple Purse Challenge to benefit that work. Let's do whatever we can to make our community safe for every woman -- three out of four isn't just acceptable.

Domestic violence

Please join me at the next forum we're hosting in our Critical Issues Series. This month's topic is School Funding in Illinois: Opportunities, challenges and striking a balance. I'm excited to be joined by two fantastic panelists: Paul Goren, the recently appointed superintendent of Evanston/Skokie School District 65, and my colleague Andy Manar, the lead sponsor of Senate Bill 16.

As you may know, SB16 proposes to revamp our state's education funding formula, which is undeniably broken. This is an extremely important topic, and a difficult one. It's clear that schools are sorely underfunded in much of Illinois, leading to a real and searing injustice. The state is still experiencing significant fiscal challenges, and successful reform must be sensitive to the challenges facing all school districts, including those that are not currently underfunded.

This complexity necessitates a very thorough and nuanced discussion, so I hope you'll be able to join me next Tuesday evening. Event details are below; you can see the rest of our Critical Issues Series schedule here.

  • What: School Funding in Illinois: Opportunities, challenges and striking a balance
  • Date: Tuesday, September 16th
  • Time: 7 p.m.
  • Location: JEH Center, 1500 McDaniel Ave., Evanston, 60201
  • Panelists: District 65 Superintendent Paul Goren, Illinois State Senator Andy Manar

Please call our office with any questions at 847-568-1250, and we hope to see you on September 16th!

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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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