Biss 05182016Police in Illinois will have better guidance about the use of cell site simulators — or stingrays — and the responsible collection of cell data because of legislation advanced by Senator Daniel Biss that was signed into law Friday.

The new law will regulate the police use of cell tower simulators for surveillance. These simulators, more commonly known as stingray devices, act as cell phone towers and trick phones in a particular area into thinking they are connecting to a phone tower operated by a service provider.

Police can use the fake tower to determine someone’s location, the serial numbers of phones in the area and more. In addition to collecting data on targeted individuals, police can collect data on dozens or hundreds of other innocent people in the process as well.

“I am pleased to see this measure become law in Illinois,” said Biss, an Evanston Democrat. "It is important that we take steps to enable police to effectively investigate and solve crimes using the latest technology, but it is equally important that we protect innocent people from unnecessary and unwarranted invasions of their privacy.”

Senate Bill 2343, sponsored by Biss, establishes the Citizen Privacy Protection Act to regulate the use of stingray devices by law enforcement so that they don’t become tools of mass surveillance.

Gov. Bruce Rauner signed the act into law on Friday. It becomes effective Jan. 1, 2017.

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Biss06292016I am pleased to inform you that there was a breakthrough in the Illinois budget stalemate this afternoon.

While we are far from a comprehensive resolution, and while most of the work still lies ahead, this is an encouraging sign, both for the specific progress it includes, and also for the indication that collaboration is possible even in these challenging times.

The Illinois General Assembly voted on a stopgap spending plan that will ensure Illinois schools open on time in the fall, provide long-overdue money to struggling human service providers and protect jobs throughout the state.

The package is the result of negotiations between the legislature and Gov. Bruce Rauner. The governor has indicated he intends to sign the legislation and relieve some of the financial pressure that the state has inflicted upon human service providers, schools, universities, community colleges, and others who have been adversely affected by the yearlong budget stalemate. I encourage him to do so immediately.

The package includes the following components:

Read more: Update from Springfield: Budget deal shows progress is possible

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BissSEIU2CHICAGO – The consequences of kicking 55,000 children and their families out of a state child care assistance program rest squarely on the shoulders of Gov. Bruce Rauner, Senator Daniel Biss (D-Evanston) said Wednesday.

“When it comes to decisions involving cuts to child care assistance, cuts to programs for our most vulnerable residents and abysmally low pay for home care workers, these are choices for which Bruce Rauner, and Bruce Rauner alone, is responsible,” Biss said.

“He is the appropriate person – in fact the only person – to call upon to stop the assault on the caregiving safety net in Illinois.”

Biss joined representatives of the Service Employees International Union in Chicago on Wednesday to implore Rauner to cease his attack on working families and to stop using vulnerable Illinoisans as leverage for his economic agenda.

Biss, chairman of the Senate Human Services Committee, suggested Rauner sign Senate Bill 730, which passed both houses of the Legislature, to expand parents’ access to the state’s Child Care Assistance Program.

Today, 55,000 fewer children are able to take advantage of CCAP than were able to a year ago when Rauner slashed funding for the program.

The program provides financial assistance for child care so that low-income parents can work or go to school and know that their children are safe. Without help paying for child care, which can be expensive, the alternative for many of these parents is to abandon low-wage jobs to seek other types of government assistance and indefinitely delay plans to create a better life for themselves and for their children.

Mothers who work or go to school in particular are adversely affected by Rauner’s CCAP cuts.

“Senate Bill 730 is a pro-child bill, a pro-family bill and a pro-jobs bill that will put people back to work. We need the governor to sign it,” Biss said, urging the governor also to come to the table with a balanced budget proposal.

“Whatever benefit Gov. Rauner believes will come from cuts to these types of programs will not be worth the devastating consequences to the vulnerable people of Illinois, and it will not be consistent with the values of our state. There are better ways to solve our problems.”

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Please join me for two upcoming town hall meetings for an update about the status of the state budget and a recap of the deeply disappointing spring legislative session in Springfield.

The meetings will take place at the following times and locations:

  • 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 14 in the Parasol Room of the Evanston Civic Center, 2100 Ridge Ave., Evanston
  • 9:30 a.m. Friday, June 17 in the Lakeview Room of The Park Center, 2400 Chestnut Ave., Glenview

Appearing with me will be two of my General Assembly colleagues: state representatives Laura Fine of Glenview and Robyn Gabel of Evanston.

I invite you to attend one or both of the meetings to ask questions and express your concerns about issues facing Illinois and communities throughout the state. For more information about these events, please contact Representative Fine’s office at 847-998-1719 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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