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Fox River Valley Initiative to host event on gun safety, mental health

Some of the topics that participants will be discussing is increasing the Medicaid reimbursement rate at the state level to cover hospital-based crisis stabilization units, providing a place to go during a mental health crisis and how 48 units of affordable house broke ground at 1212 Larkin Ave. in Elgin.

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March 6, 2020 at 08:20PM

State lawmakers introduce bills to reform DCFS | Top Stories

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) – Over the past year, the Department of Children and Family Services has been in the spotlight for neglecting cases of abuse. That’s why state lawmakers are working on bills to help better protect children in Illinois.

Rep. Anna Moeller (D)- Elgin, says she’s dedicated herself to working with the state to make sure vulnerable children are getting protected.

"I was 18 months old. My grandparents adopted me," Moeller says. "My biological mom was a single 19-year-old woman, who had some alcohol and drug problems."

Moeller introduced a bill that would give DCFS investigators the ability to interview children at school without parental notification if there is suspected abuse. 

"In some cases, parents have either refused to allow their children to be interviewed or they are coached or pressured to give certain answers," Moeller says. "We need to make sure children are in a place where they can speak openly and honestly about what’s happening in their homes."

On the other hand, Sen. Julie Morrison (D) – Deerfield wanted to come up with a way to protect children who are not yet in school.

"Children under six may only see a case worker once a week from DCFS," Morrison says.

That’s why she introduced a bill that would put an extra set of eyes on young children if their family has been suspected of abuse.

"Providing early education opportunity, a place where the child would go every week on a regular basis," Morrison says. "Professionals will see the child, interact with the child and probably with the family too."

Moeller says it will take more than a few bills to reform DCFS, she says it will take the entire state’s cooperation, but she believe these pieces of legislation are a good start.

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March 1, 2020 at 09:40PM

Here is what new Illinois law that prohibits asking about pay history means

CHICAGO — Illinois companies can no longer ask job applicants or their previous employers about their pay history under a law that took effect Sept. 29. Supporters say the measure will help close the pay gap between women and men.

Sarah Labadie, associate director of policy for Women Employed, a nonprofit advocating for equal pay for women in the workforce, said the main goal of the law is to restructure how companies pay their workers so that pay discrepancies aren’t perpetuated.

Rep. Anna Moeller, D-Elgin, who co-sponsored the legislation signed by Gov. JB Pritzker, said she hopes the new law will even the playing field.

“Women tend to make less than their male counterparts. If (a company is) basing it off past wages, it causes them to continue to get paid less. Employers will no longer be able to make wage offers by using previous wage history,” Moeller said.

Here’s what to know about the measure:

What does the new law do?

Employers can’t ask job applicants how much they earned at their current or previous jobs. The law also prohibits previous employers and staffing agencies from disclosing any pay information. Companies can’t prevent workers discussing their pay and benefits with colleagues.

Does the law apply only to salaried workers?

Both salaried and hourly workers are covered by the law, which advocates refer to as the No Salary History law.

What kind of pay history is barred?

Companies cannot ask for any compensation history, including benefits offered by a current or former employer and bonuses received.

Is it illegal for an employer to ask about pay on a job application?

Companies cannot seek pay history through any means during the hiring process, including on job applications and during oral interviews.

What companies are barred from asking about pay?

All companies are required to follow the No Salary History law.

Are any organizations exempt?

Employers who have workers moving up within the company are not subject to the salary history ban. Government agencies are also exempt.

What if I disclose my salary to an employer?

Job applicants can tell an employer how much they were paid before, but employers can’t use that information to determine future pay under the new law.

What happens if an employer violates the law?

If an employer violates the law, a person can seek up to $10,000 in damages. If an applicant suspects he or she is being discriminated against, they should document the conversation. Job applicants should write down which interviewer asked the question about salary history, but they should not record an interview because it is illegal, Labadie said.

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October 6, 2019 at 02:31PM

Rep. Moeller Announces September Advisory Committees

ELGIN – As the Legislature comes off a very busy and productive session in Springfield, State Rep. Anna Moeller wants your help to shape her priorities on the key issues she will be working on next.

Moeller, D-Elgin, has scheduled three days of Advisory Committee meetings to discuss several important public policy issues with constituents at her district office in the Professional Building, 164 Division St., Suite 103 in Elgin:

· Monday, Sept. 16

o Senior Issues Advisory Committee meeting, 11 a.m. to noon

o Environmental Advisory Committee meeting, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

· Tuesday, Sept. 17

o Public Safety Advisory Committee meeting, 11 a.m. to noon

· Wednesday, Sept. 18

o Veterans Issues Advisory Committee meeting, 11 a.m. to noon

· Thursday, Sept. 19

o Education Advisory Committee meeting, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Moeller and her colleagues finished a historic spring legislative session by passing a balanced state budget, increasing the minimum wage, supporting a new capital construction program and much more. She will use these meetings to discuss developments and prepare for next year. The committee meetings are free and anyone is encouraged to attend.

"A critical part of serving the 43rd House District is talking with constituents and understanding clearly how they feel about how we can improve our state," Moeller said. "The more people who show up and share their opinions in these Advisory Committee meetings, the better I can ensure their voices are heard as we discuss our accomplishments this year and plan for building on them in 2020."

Questions? Contact Rep. Moeller’s district office at 847-841-7130 or


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September 12, 2019 at 06:24AM

The John Williams Show: Interview with Rep. Anna Moeller on the LGBTQ History Curriculum

John talks with Rep. Anna Moeller, who first introduced the newly passed law that will require public schools to include LGBTQ history in their curriculum. “It’s very powerful when children have role models,” said Moeller, “They can look up to and know these people did amazing things and they were gay.” Listen to the full conversation now:

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August 13, 2019 at 05:05PM

History lessons on LGBTQ contributions to be required in public schools starting next year

History lessons on LGBTQ contributions to be required in public schools starting next year

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker waves June 30, 2019, at the 50th Chicago Pride Parade. (Brian Cassella / Chicago Tribune)

Illinois public schools will be required to teach students about the contributions made by members of the LGBTQ community under a law Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed last week.

The new law mandates that the history curriculum in public schools include lessons on the contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Illinois and the United States. The lessons must be taught to students before they complete the eighth grade.

“One of the best ways to overcome intolerance is through education and exposure to different people and viewpoints,” Democratic state Sen. Heather Steans of Chicago, one of the bill’s Senate sponsors, said in a news release. “An inclusive curriculum will not only teach an accurate version of history but also promote acceptance of the LGBTQ community.”

According to state Rep. Ann Moeller, an Elgin Democrat who was one of the bill’s sponsors in the House, Illinois is the fifth state in the nation to adopt such legislation.

“The new law’s goal is simple: to understand that people from different backgrounds deserve the same opportunity to learn and be recognized for their contributions in society as everyone else," Moeller said in a news release.

Public schools are already required to teach students about the history of other minority and ethnic groups, including African Americans and Hispanics.

The legislation passed 60-42 in the House and 37-17 in the Senate. The new law takes effect on July 1, 2020.

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August 12, 2019 at 02:15PM

Rep. Moeller: New Curriculum Law Promotes Fairness, Compassion

This post was contributed by a community member. The views expressed here are the author’s own.

Rep. Moeller: New Curriculum Law Promotes Fairness, Compassion

State Rep. Anna Moeller heralds a new state law requiring study in schools of LGBQT contributions and history.

Rep. Moeller: New Curriculum Law Promotes Fairness, Compassion

ELGIN — Gay and transgender youth and adults in Illinois will receive fairness and compassion from a new state law sponsored by Rep. Anna Moeller.

Moeller today announced Gov. J.B. Pritzker has signed into law House Bill 264, requiring classroom instruction about the history and contributions of the LGBQT community in Illinois schools.

Read Rep. Moeller’s statement for more information on this important issue. For more on the legislation, click here:

"Today is an important and historic day for fairness and compassion in Illinois. I was proud to sponsor House Bill 246 and am delighted to see it become Illinois law.

"The new law’s goal is simple: to understand that people from different backgrounds deserve the same opportunity to learn and be recognized for their contributions in society as everyone else.

"Historically, gay and transgender people have been treated as second-class citizens: persecuted, discriminated against and forgotten. As our society has evolved to rectify these injustices, our school teaching should as well. I hope Illinois schools will embrace the opportunity to show that we all are equal and valuable through this commonsense update to their curriculum.

Illinois becomes the 5th state in the nation and first in the Midwest to adopt this change. I thank Gov. Pritzker for his leadership in signing and supporting this legislation, Sen. Heather Steans for her leadership in the Senate, my colleagues in the Legislature who voted for it, and the dedicated advocates – led by Equality Illinois, the Illinois Safe Schools Alliance, and the Legacy Project – for their commitment to ending discrimination and helping cut through the uninformed and misguided arguments on House Bill 246.

"I look forward to continue working on legislation that recognizes we all matter, and we all deserve to be able to live happily and find our own path forward."

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August 9, 2019 at 06:44PM

New law will bar Illinois employers from asking job applicants for pay history

New law will bar Illinois employers from asking job applicants for pay history

State Rep. Anna Moeller, D-Elgin, shown in 2017, sponsored legislation barring Illinois employers from asking job applicants for pay history. (Mike Danahey / The Courier-News)

Illinois companies will no longer be allowed to ask job applicants or their previous employers about salary history under a measure Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed into law Wednesday.

Advocates say asking applicants about their salaries at previous jobs helps perpetuate a wage gap between men and women doing the same jobs. Illinois lawmakers passed two previous versions of the legislation, but Pritzker’s predecessor, Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner, vetoed both.

“We are declaring that one’s history should not dictate one’s future, that no person should be held back from earning their true value because of how much money they were paid in a previous job,” Pritzker said during a bill-signing event at Chicago Women’s Park and Gardens in the Prairie District neighborhood on the Near South Side. “It’s no longer acceptable to wring quality work out of capable women at a discounted rate.”

The measure Pritzker signed, which takes effect in 60 days, passed with bipartisan support this spring in the House and Senate. Workers will be able to seek up to $10,000 in damages if employers violate the law, and it also protects the right of employees to discuss their salaries and benefits with co-workers.

State Rep. Anna Moeller, an Elgin Democrat who sponsored the legislation in each of the past three years, praised Pritzker for finally making it law.

“It illustrates yet again how … compassionate, inclusive and effective leadership can change lives and improve our state,” Moeller said.

The measure is one step toward ensuring a more certain economic future for women in Illinois, she said.

“We need to do more to eliminate the barriers that keep women from reaching their full economic potential,” Moeller said, listing paid parental leave, predictable scheduling and affordable, accessible child care as future priorities.

In vetoing the previous legislation, Rauner argued that there were more business-friendly ways to address the issue. He pointed to a law that took effect in Massachusetts last year that is similar but allows employers to ask for wage history after making a job and salary offer.

Moeller’s bills also faced opposition from business groups, including the Illinois Chamber of Commerce.

“I am dumbstruck by those who say they support equal pay but then do everything in their power to work against it,” said Wendy Pollack, director of the Women’s Law and Policy Initiative at the Chicago-based Shriver Center on Poverty Law. “But this year is different. Thanks to Gov. Pritzker, we have a very different outcome.”

Pollack said the new law is “an affirmative step toward closing the wage gap.” Women in Illinois, on average, earn 79 cents for every dollar white men earn, she said.

Pritzker noted that he was signing the bill a short distance from the headquarters of the U.S. Soccer Federation, which has come under fire for allegedly paying the World Cup champion women’s national team less than the men’s team “despite the women’s substantially higher success rate,” he said.

Chicago-based U.S. Soccer this week released a letter saying it pays the women more, though it included their salaries for playing on professional teams in the National Women’s Soccer League in addition to their pay for playing on the national team. The union representing the men’s team released a statement criticizing U.S. Soccer’s position.

In one of his first acts upon taking office in January, Pritzker signed an executive order prohibiting state agencies from asking job applicants about their pay at previous jobs. Then-Mayor Rahm Emanuel last year signed a similar executive order for city workers last year.

Dan Petrella

A Lombard native, Dan Petrella has written for newspapers from Chicago to Carbondale. Before joining the Tribune in 2017, he was Springfield bureau chief for Lee Enterprises newspapers. He’s also been an editor and reporter at The State Journal-Register in Springfield. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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July 31, 2019 at 04:28PM

Elgin lawmakers want funding for streets, trails

Two legislators from Elgin said they will advocate for funding in a state capital bill for projects that will make the city safer and more friendly to pedestrians and bicyclists.

State Sen. Cristina Castro and state Rep. Anna Moeller, both Democrats, took part in an event Friday afternoon organized by the Active Transportation Alliance along the Fox River bike trail in Elgin.

It’s important to make sure sidewalks are connected “so people don’t have to leave a sidewalk to walk on a busy street,” and bike paths also are connected “so there are routes people can ride on,” Moeller said.

Good transportation systems make communities more attractive and spur economic development, Moeller and Castro said.

The state’s last capital bill was in 2009, and some lawmakers are pushing to fund one this year. “You can tell our infrastructure really needs a lot of improvement and upgrades and maintenance,” Moeller said.

The state House Appropriations Committee is putting together a list of projects for a capital plan and the state Senate is conducting hearings, Moeller said. A hearing will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Gail Borden Public Library in Elgin.

Projects that improve the safety of pedestrians and bicyclists make transportation safer for everyone, including drivers, the Active Transportation Alliance says. However, such projects are nearly entirely federally or locally funded, and there is more demand than funding available, the group says.

In Illinois, more than 8,000 people are injured and 154 people are killed each year in traffic crashes while walking or bicycling, according to data provided by the group.

Resident Parker Thompson, who started the nonprofit Elgin Bike Hub, said he’d would like to see more bike infrastructure in town, but more importantly, the city needs more frequent buses and better bus stops, he said.

“You’re more likely to land in grass in the good seasons, or a snow bank or a mud puddles in the other six months out of the year,” Thompson said. “I think that creates some serious challenges in how welcoming the infrastructure is.”

Jennifer Fukala, executive director of the Downtown Neighborhood Association of Elgin, said the association and the city are working on a grant-funded project to install bike racks throughout downtown in 2020.

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