Thank you to everyone who came out to join our conversation, "Rethinking Privacy in a Digital Age." I want to especially thank our panelists for providing great presentations and giving us the context and background to better understand these issues. The discussion was very thoughtful, and I personally learned a lot. But I also feel confident we can't think of this forum as a one-time event. As these technologies continue to advance and as we have more and more tools at our disposal, we'll need to continue to grapple with finding that balance -- using those tools to make our lives better, easier or safer while protecting our desire for and our right to privacy. I'm eager to continue that conversation with you.

To see Rajiv Shah's presentation from last night, you can pdfclick here.

Thank you again to everyone who came out last night and I hope to see you at our next Critical Issues Series forum! We'll be talking about education funding in Illinois, and I'll be joined by District 65 Superintendent Paul Goren and Illinois State Senator Andy Manar. Details of that and future events can be found here.

As always, please call my office with any questions or concerns! We can be reached at 847-568-1250.

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SmartphoneI hope you're enjoying the last days of the summer! I'm writing to invite you to join me at the next forum in our Critical Issues Series: Rethinking Privacy in a Digital Age. I'll be joined by fantastic panelists who will discuss the importance of balancing access to new and useful technologies against our desire for and right to privacy. As you may know, I've passed three bills that regulate law enforcement's use of these technologies, including drones and location tracking devices. In fact, the governor signed the follow-up drone legislation just two weeks ago. As technology continues to evolve fast, and as citizens continue to feel very legitimate concerns about the potential of overreaching surveillance techniques by our government entities, I intend to keep working on these issues and I very much look forward to your input.

Here are the details of the event, and I sincerely hope you'll be able to join us.

Event Details:

  • Date: August 26th
  • Time: 7:00 p.m.
  • Location: Skokie Public Library, 5215 Oakton Street
  • Panelists: Rajiv Shah, Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago; Jeremy Staum, a representative of Restore the Fourth Chicago; and Adam Schwartz, Senior Staff Council with the ACLU Illinois.

 

You can check out the rest of the events in our series here.

Please call us at 847-568-1250 with any questions, and I look forward to seeing you on the 26th.

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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.

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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:

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