On the Issues

Healthcare and Mental Health Access

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Passed legislation:

  • Ensuring mental health care is covered by insurance like physical healthcare

  • Increasing insurance coverage and protections for pediatric palliative care, those seeking substance abuse treatment, those living with autism, single women or LGTBQ+ individuals dealing with infertility issues, telehealth services, and for those seeking mental health care.

Passed Legislation​

  • Ensuring mental health care is covered by insurance like physical healthcare

  • Increasing insurance coverage and protections for pediatric palliative care, those seeking substance abuse treatment, those living with autism, single women or LGTBQ+ individuals dealing with infertility issues, telehealth services, and for those seeking mental health care.

  • Addressing the lack of a robust mental health workforce in Illinois, incentivizing students to pursue work in this field and cutting red tape for those who wish to return to this field.

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Advocating for persons with disabilities

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Passed legislation

  • To develop a pilot program to increase employment opportunities for those with intellectual or developmental disabilities

  • To require every community college in Illinois to work with local high schools to offer dual credit courses to students with disabilities

Passed Legislation:

  • Developing a pilot program to increase employment opportunities for those with intellectual or developmental disabilities

  • Requiring every community college in Illinois to work with local high schools to offer dual credit courses to students with disabilities

  • Ensured persons with disabilities residing in community-integrated living arrangements could keep all earned income from employment.

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Elevating Women's Rights

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Passed legislation

  • To develop a pilot program to increase employment opportunities for those with intellectual or developmental disabilities

  • To require every community college in Illinois to work with local high schools to offer dual credit courses to students with disabilities

Passed Legislation:

  • Requiring insurance coverage for breast reduction surgery, mammography, and for infertility treatments for single or LGBTQ+ women.

Supported Legislation: 

  • The Reproductive Health Act, which solidifies a women's right to choose in Illinois.

  • Sexual harassment reform.

  • Improving comprehensive sex education in schools.

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Protecting the Environment

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Supported Legislation​:

  • The Climate and Equitable Jobs Act (CEJA) that puts the state on a path to 100% clean energy and invests in the clean energy workforce of the future. 

  • The Lead Service Line Replacement Act to ensure the state replaces all its lead service lines while prioritizing replacement in our most vulnerable communities

Passed Legislation:

  • Protecting bees and pollinators by restricting the use of harmful pesticides.

Supported Legislation:

  • The Climate and Equitable Jobs Act (CEJA) that puts the state on a path to 100% clean energy and invests in the clean energy workforce of the future. 

  • The Lead Service Line Replacement Act to ensure the state replaces all its lead service lines while prioritizing replacement in our most vulnerable communities

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Protecting Child Safety

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Passed legislation

  • To develop a pilot program to increase employment opportunities for those with intellectual or developmental disabilities

  • To require every community college in Illinois to work with local high schools to offer dual credit courses to students with disabilities

Passed Legislation:

  • Requiring transparency when coal tar sealant, a potentially cancerous substance, is used in road paving near public schools or in state agency projects.

  • Ensuring trampoline parks are safe by requiring the state to conduct regular safety inspections.

  • Keeping unused medications out of the hands of children by requiring a "drug take back" program.

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