SPRINGFIELD – A bill sponsored by State Senator Daniel Biss easing the financial burden on people who grew up in youth care was signed into law today.

“Those who grew up in youth care already face many obstacles and burdens in their journey to being self-sufficient adults, so easing some of the pressure involved with obtaining their personal information is the least we can do,” said Biss, an Evanston Democrat.

Currently, the fee for accessing birth records from the Department of Public Health ranges from $10 - $15. The new law allows for young adults who can verify they were once in youth care to have these fees waived until they reach 27 years of age.

House Bill 4909 passed both houses of the General Assembly with no opposition, and is effective immediately.

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Tyshiana Jackson was Senator Biss' shadow this week during the Department of Children and Family Services' Shadow Day event. DCFS helps young people better understand citizenship, advocacy, and government with a day of shadowing lawmakers in Springfield. You can find out more about the program and apply for it here.


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20180426 Biss FloorEVANSTON – State Senator Daniel Biss issued the following statement today in response to Gov. Bruce Rauner’s amendatory veto of House Bill 1468, in which he recommended reinstating the death penalty in Illinois.

“This is a cynical political move that will do nothing to make our public places safer,” said Biss (D-Evanston). “As a state we made the right decision to abolish the death penalty, a process that required real leadership from Republican and Democratic governors. Sacrificing the state’s moral authority by reversing that decision would be a significant step backward.”

After an 11-year moratorium, the death penalty was abolished in the state of Illinois by legislative action in 2011.

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04262018CM0454To encourage a more competitive market and potentially lower costs for employers, State Senator Daniel Biss again took up legislation to create a non-profit worker’s compensation insurance company.

The proposed Illinois Employers Mutual Insurance Company would be a nonprofit, independent public corporation that would insure Illinois employers against liability for workers' compensation and occupational disease.

This company would not be a state agency and would only receive a starting loan of $10 million from the Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission Operations Fund, which it would pay back with interest over five years.

The legislation, House Bill 4595, mirrors a similar provision Biss sponsored which was vetoed by Governor Rauner.

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