biss1108SKOKIE — On Sunday, State Senator Daniel Biss (D-Evanston) will host the fifth of six monthly discussions in his 2013 Critical Issues Series. Transportation affects quality of life in some of the most delicate ways possible. It is a controlling factor in cost of living, connectedness of communities and economic opportunities for low-wage workers. It is also a difficult issue for many members of the public to follow closely, which has too often allowed transit agencies in the Chicago region to engage in behaviors that inappropriately diminish the quality of service while increasing costs.
Biss will discuss these and other aspects of transit policy and will present recommendations based on transportation and land-use research undertaken by his office.

  • WHO: Sen. Daniel Biss
  • WHAT: Panel discussion: "Transportation Policy for a 21st Century Global Hub"
  • WHEN: 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10
  • WHERE: The Levy Center, 300 Dodge Ave., Evanston


There is one discussion remaining in the Critical Issues Series, on Addressing the Looming Retirement Crisis. It will be held at 3 p.m. Dec. 15 at The Levy Center:

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biss75x75SKOKIE — On Sunday, State Senator Daniel Biss (D-Evanston) will host the third of six monthly discussions in his 2013 Critical Issues Series. The last several decades have seen a dramatic spike in incarceration rates throughout America. A growing body of evidence suggests that the status quo is destructive to neighborhoods and families but also unnecessarily expensive. Biss will be joined by panelists familiar with today's criminal justice challenges who will discuss the effort to reform the system through a variety of lenses: policies and legislation, community resources and organizations and cultural norms and expectations.

  • WHO: Sen. Daniel Biss
    • 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
  • WHAT: Panel discussion: "Exploring Criminal Justice in Illinois"
  • WHEN: 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15
  • WHERE: The Levy Center, 300 Dodge Ave., Evanston


The schedule for the remaining discussions in the Critical Issues Series is as follows. All events will be held at 3 p.m. at The Levy Center.

Oct. 13: The Affordable Care Act and Upcoming Health Care Transition
Nov. 10: Transportation Policy for a 21st Century Global Hub
Dec. 15: Addressing the Looming Retirement Crisis

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Conferees Raoul, Holmes and Biss discuss expectations for compromise

SPRINGFIELD — A conference committee created during last Wednesday's special session to reach a compromise on pension reform will hold its first public hearing tomorrow. The 10 conferees — five from each chamber of the General Assembly — will meet at the Bilandic Building in Chicago at 11 a.m. Senate President John Cullerton appointed State Senator Kwame Raoul (D-Chicago 13th), State Senator Linda Holmes (D-Aurora) and State Senator Daniel Biss (D-Evanston) to serve on the panel. The Democratic senators released the following statements in advance of the hearing:

Senator Raoul, committee chair:
raoul75x75"Pension reform is at an impasse because it has become a pitched battle between two priorities: constitutionality and maximum savings.The final product won't be anyone's ideal outcome, but I'm optimistic that with open minds and an awareness of the price of inaction, we can report back with a plan that respects the constitution and fosters long-term fiscal stability."

Senator Holmes:
holmes75x75"This conference committee gives us an opportunity to move forward on a comprehensive pension stabilization plan that is constitutional and fair. I will continue to advocate for people who have spent their lives serving the people of Illinois. During these negotiations, we must be conscious of the rights of working men and women as well as the economic security of retirees. Of course, this issue is about the state's finances, but we should remember it is also about people's lives."

Senator Biss:
biss75x75"Our attempts to enact significant pension reform have hit a genuine roadblock in Springfield, and by creating a conference committee, we have taken a meaningful step in order to address this growing crisis. Like many others, I have strong feelings about the pension reform proposals we've seen in the recent past, but we must all recognize that none of these proposals is likely to move forward without significant compromise. I am eager to work with my colleagues to finally find a solution that addresses our legal and ethical concerns yet still achieves adequate savings."

Six of the ten conferees must sign their names to a plan for it to become the official report of the committee, and the House and Senate must approve whatever solution the group proposes before it can be sent to the governor for his signature.

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biss0619SPRINGFIELD — State Senator Daniel Biss (D-Evanston) issued the following statement after he was appointed Wednesday to the conference committee on pension reform:

"Today's action reflects the General Assembly's unanimous view that our pension debt problem must be addressed in order for the State of Illinois to be able to provide the core services that our citizens depend upon. Notwithstanding the good work that has been done so far, the legislature is still at an impasse, and new ideas and compromise are necessary in order to achieve a solution.

"I am very grateful to President Cullerton for giving me the opportunity to serve on the conference committee. I hope we will embark on these negotiations in the spirit of compromise and with a commitment to problem solving, and I believe that if we do so we will be able to craft a mutually agreeable solution that brings stability to our pension systems and relief for our budget."

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