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Sound of the State
14 minutes | Dec 2, 2022
News Brief - December 1, 2022
With the final week of the 2022 Veto Session complete, catch up on the major events in Springfield this week in this edition of the News Brief. Featured stories include clarifying portions of the SAFE-T Act, filling the state's Unemployment Trust Fund deficit, protecting Illinois consumers, the dedication of a marker honoring President Barack Obama, and improving access to health care for rural Illinoisans.
23 minutes | Dec 1, 2022
Senate Majority Leader Kimberly Lightford and Senator Adriane Johnson Discuss the Legacy of Rosa Parks
As we recognize Rosa Parks Day, Senate Majority Leader Kimberly Lightford and Senator Adriane Johnson discuss the impact of Rosa Parks on the Civil Rights Movement, as well as their own lived experiences as Black women, community leaders, and their roles in the General Assembly.
24 minutes | Nov 28, 2022
Recognizing National Women Support Women Day with Senators Laura Fine and Cristina Pacione-Zayas
In recognition of National Women Support Women Day, State Senators Laura Fine and Cristina Pacione-Zayas discuss how they support other women through their position as legislators.
29 minutes | Nov 18, 2022
Senator Sara Feigenholtz Discusses National Adoption Month and Her Experiences as an Adoptee
In this episode, Senator Sara Feigenholtz discusses her experience as an adoptee, as well as work she has done in the General Assembly to improve access to information for adoptees and other positive changes to the adoption system in Illinois.
7 minutes | Nov 16, 2022
Recognizing Transgender Awareness Week with Senator Mike Simmons
Senator Mike Simmons joins the Sound of the State to recognize Transgender Awareness Week, efforts he has led through the Senate to benefit the LGBTQIA+ community, and how allies can get involved.
9 minutes | Oct 31, 2022
Senator Celina Villanueva on the Breast Pump Tax Exemption
State Senator Celina Villanueva discusses efforts led by Illinois Senate Democrats to ease burdens on families of young children by exempting breast pumps and related supplies from sales taxes, in this episode of the Sound of the State.
12 minutes | Oct 28, 2022
Senator Laura Fine and Representative Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz Discuss the Drug Take Back Act
Senator Laura Fine and Representative Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz discuss the importance of their recently passed Drug Take Back Act, which will help fight the opioid epidemic and preserve our environment.
14 minutes | Oct 28, 2022
Senator Mattie Hunter and Representative Jehan Gordon-Booth Discuss the CROWN Act
State Senator Mattie Hunter and Representative Jehan Gordon-Booth discuss the importance of the CROWN Act in Illinois, efforts toward its adoption at the federal level, and their own experiences with discrimination based on their hairstyles over the course of their professional careers, in this episode of the Sound of the State.
9 minutes | Oct 26, 2022
Senate Majority Leader Kimberly Lightford on Easing Burdens for Grandparents Raising Their Grandchildren
Senate Majority Leader Kimberly Lightford discusses legislative efforts she is leading to help ease the burdens of an increasing number of grandparents in Illinois who are raising their grandchildren.
11 minutes | Oct 24, 2022
Recognizing National Disability Employment Awareness Month with Senator Robert Peters
In this episode of the Sound of the State, State Senator Robert Peters reflects on how his experiences have shaped his work in the disability advocacy arena prior to and since becoming a legislator, as we mark National Disability Employment Awareness Month in October.
24 minutes | Oct 21, 2022
Senator Linda Holmes and the Humane Society Discuss Efforts to Protect Your Investment in Family Pets and Stop Puppy Mills
State Senator Linda Holmes and The Humane Society of Illinois work together frequently in the interest of animal welfare. In this episode of the Sound of the State, Senator Holmes and Marc Ayers are talking about stopping pet stores from selling puppy mill pets who are often in poor health and vastly overpriced - plus a conversation about future animal legislation.
6 minutes | Oct 17, 2022
Majority Report - October 17, 2022
4 minutes | Oct 14, 2022
News Brief - October 14, 2022
Get today's update from the Illinois Senate Democratic Caucus, including a reminder how Illinoisans can check the status of their tax rebate, in this edition of The News Brief.
13 minutes | Oct 12, 2022
Senators Cristina Castro and Cristina Pacione-Zayas Recognize Hispanic Heritage Month
State Senators Cristina Castro and Cristina Pacione-Zayas join the Sound of the State podcast to discuss their experiences as Latina lawmakers, engaging the community’s youth, and more, as we recognize Hispanic Heritage Month.
12 minutes | Oct 11, 2022
Recognizing National Coming Out Day with Senator Mike Simmons
State Senator Mike Simmons joins the Sound of the State podcast to commemorate National Coming Out Day, discuss his personal experience, and provide support, reassurance and encouragement to others.
4 minutes | Oct 10, 2022
Majority Report - October 10, 2022
This week's edition of The Majority Report features news from State Senators Doris Turner, Patrick Joyce, and Scott Bennett, including a measure from Turner that would require future state budgets to include a set amount being added to the state's Rainy Day Fund.
19 minutes | Oct 6, 2022
Senators Elgie Sims, Jr. and Robert Peters Discuss SAFE-T Act Misinformation
State Senators Elgie Sims, Jr. and Robert Peters discuss misinformation being spread about the SAFE-T Act and what to expect when the Pretrial Fairness Act part of the bill takes effect January 1, 2023, in this episode of the Sound of the State.
6 minutes | Sep 28, 2022
News Brief - September 28, 2022
Illinois Senate Democrats respond to the latest payment toward the state's Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund, and more, in this edition of the News Brief.
25 minutes | Sep 26, 2022
Senators Karina Villa and Celina Villanueva Discuss Healthcare in the Community in Recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month
State Senators Karina Villa and Celina Villanueva discuss health care issues in the community, as the Illinois Senate Democratic Caucus marks Hispanic Heritage Month in this episode of the Sound of the State.
5 minutes | Sep 22, 2022
Senator Celina Villanueva Discusses Newborn Screening Awareness Month
State Senator Celina Villanueva discusses the importance of newborn screenings, screening services offered in Illinois, and more in recognition of September as Newborn Screening Awareness Month.
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