Thank you to all who attended our forum on transportation policy! We very much enjoyed the conversation and hope you did too.

You can find a copy of our report pdfhere [click to view; right-click and select "Save Link As" to download] and a copy of our Power Point presentation pdfhere. This is certainly a work in progress, and I'm eager to continue these discussions and incorporate feedback. Please call my office at 847-568-1250 or email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any thoughts or questions!

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getcoveredAs of October 1, enrollment is now open in the Health Insurance Marketplace created by the Affordable Care Act! This is a complex law, and many people have lots of questions about how exactly it will work. That's why I'm so excited to invite you to our next Critical Issues event on Sunday, October 13, at the Levy Center in Evanston.

The event will comprise two components: From noon until 5 p.m., we'll have In-Person Counselors on hand to meet one on one with anyone who has any questions about the law or is interested in enrolling in health insurance coverage. No appointment is necessary, and I hope you'll spread the word to anyone who might be curious about how the law will impact them.

At 3 p.m., Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, Representatives Robyn Gabel and Laura Fine, and Charles Watkins from the Office of the Governor will join me in a panel discussion about health care policy and the current landscape in Washington and Springfield.

  • WHAT: The Affordable Care Act and Upcoming Healthcare Transition
  • WHEN: Sunday, October 13, noon-5pm, panel discussion at 3pm
  • WHERE: Levy Center, 300 Dodge Avenue, Evanston, 60202
  • WHO: Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, State Representatives Robyn Gabel and Laura Fine, and Charles Watkins, Regional Outreach Coordinator, Illinois Health Insurance Marketplace, Office of the Governor

 

Please call my district office at (847) 568-1250 if you have any questions, and I hope to see you on the 13th!

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forum0916Thank you to everyone who participated in our forum on criminal justice in Illinois! I appreciated the thoughtful discussion on this extremely important topic, and I look forward to working to reform a system in a way that will strengthen both our communities and our state budget. Below you can access the handouts provided by our fantastic panelists.

From Laura Brookes, Director of Policy, TASC Inc.: pdfIncarceration_SUDs_and_Tx_in_the_CJS.pdf

From Mary Ann Dyar, Program Administrator, Adult Redeploy Illinois: pdfAdult_Redeploy_Illinois_Dashboard_-_091113.pdf

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prisonforumGreetings!

As part of our Critical Issues Series, we'll be hosting our third forum at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15, at the Levy Center in Evanston. This month, our topic is Exploring Criminal Justice in Illinois. The past several decades have seen a dramatic spike in incarceration rates throughout America. There is a growing conversation about the fiscal, social and public safety impacts of this trend, with a growing body of evidence suggesting that the status quo is destructive of neighborhoods and families and is also unnecessarily expensive.

This discussion has recently been given additional attention on the national level by Attorney General Eric Holder's effort to curb the population in federal prisons because "widespread incarceration at the federal, state and local levels is both ineffective and unsustainable." It has also been a focus of many leaders closer to home. On Sunday, I'll be joined by a fantastic group of panelists who will discuss the challenges we face in the effort to reform our criminal justice system through a variety of lenses: policies and legislation, community resources and organizations, and cultural norms and expectations.

I'm grateful to our panelists and excited about this forum; making the right changes would have a significant impact both on the lives of people in the system, but also on our state budget. I hope you'll join me for this important discussion.

Event details:

  • Date: Sept. 15
  • Time: 3 p.m.
  • Location: Levy Center, 300 Dodge Ave, Evanston
  • Panelists: Laura Brookes, Director of Policy, TASC, Inc; Mary Ann Dyar, Program Administrator, Adult Redeploy Illinois, Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority; Todd Belcore, Staff Attorney, Community Justice, Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law


Please give my district office a call at 847-568-1250 with any questions, and I hope to see you on Sept. 15!

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Contact Me

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

Springfield office:
417B Capitol Building
Springfield, IL 62706
(217) 782-2119

Email:
biss@senatedem.illinois.gov

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