biss floor fall2015SPRINGFIELD — In response to the recent announcement from the comptroller’s office that Illinois will skip its November pension payments, Sen. Daniel Biss (D–Evanston) issued the following statement:

"The budget impasse continues to wreak havoc on the people of Illinois, and the longer we go without a resolution, the more pain that will be felt. With each day comes more news about Illinoisans unable to get basic services, devastating nonprofit closures and additional mistakes that will take far longer to remedy than they take to create.

"Indeed, just this week, Comptroller Leslie Munger announced that she will not make the state's November pension payment, a practice that has indisputably led to the current condition of our state pension systems. Skipping this payment is simply repeating the biggest mistake of our past, and it puts our state's fiscal stability at even greater risk. We know what happens when we short our pension systems, and credit agencies do, too.

"For all the talk about getting rid of 'business as usual' in Springfield, this certainly feels like more of the same."

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floor point augustCHICAGO — Sen. Daniel Biss (D-Evanston) sent the following letter to Illinois Comptroller Leslie Munger requesting information regarding state payments to vendors and service providers.

The request comes in light of recent threats that Illinois may be held in violation of court orders for not paying bills owed to programs serving people with disabilities.

"As chairman of the Senate committee on Human Services, I want to make sure we fully understand who is being served and who is being left out during this budget impasse," Biss said. "Committee members and all Illinois taxpayers deserve complete transparency on what payments are being made and who is making these decisions and why. Vulnerable people are at risk, and we need to know about it."

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biss august floorSPRINGFIELD -- Licensed mental health professionals in Illinois no longer are able to treat patients under 18 using "conversion therapy" methods thanks to a bill signed into law today.

Sen. Daniel Biss (D-Evanston) and Rep. Kelly Cassidy (D-Chicago) sponsored legislation prohibiting the practice, which aims to change clients' sexual orientation.

"These so-called 'therapies' treat homosexuality as a disease," Biss said. "They're out of date and can be deeply destructive to youth. Outlawing these practices is a small step in our pursuit for LGBT rights, but it's an extremely important step in protecting young people in Illinois."

Under the new law, Illlinois youth still can get counseling to discuss concerns or thoughts about their sexuality. However, therapists and other professionals, if licensed by the state, may not try to change a minor's orientation. The clear consensus of professional associations and medical researchers is that conversion therapy can have terrible consequences, including increased depression and risk of suicide attempts.

Illinois joins a handful of other states and Washington D.C. with conversion therapy bans on the books.

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The legislature continues to convene in Springfield, but we seem no closer to agreeing on a state budget than we did a month ago.

There's been much media attention on the impasse, including this article from WSIU, in which I'm quoted.

I'm extremely frustrated by our lack of meaningful action, and I continue to stand ready to work with others who are willing to have substantive discussions about crafting a state budget immediately.

While it's crucial to devote our attention to the budget, it's important to remember that there are other aspects of state government we cannot ignore. To that end, I'd love to invite you to a town hall, co-hosted by state Reps. Robyn Gabel and Laura Fine at 7 p.m. Monday, July 27 at the Glenview Park Center, 2400 Chestnut Ave., in Glenview, to discuss some of the most pressing environmental issues facing Illinois.

I'm excited to be joined by speakers from the Environmental Law and Policy Center, the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Sierra Club.

This was an extremely well attended event last year so make sure to get there early to grab a seat. 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. if you have any questions.

 

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