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Fox Valley students say fight against sexual harassment requires curriculum change


Some Fox Valley students say sexual harassment needs to be discussed during sex education classes at local high schools.

State Rep. Stephanie Kifowit (D-Oswego) said she recently filed legislation in Springfield that “was authored by the members of the 84th District Youth Advisory Council” for…

Rep. Stuart’s small business town hall brings local representatives, businesses together 3281825811-stuarttownhall.png COLLINSVILLE – State Rep. Katie Stuart, D-Edwardsville, and the Metro East Small Business Development Center partnered for a small business town hall meeting to provide Metro East small business

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Amanda Vinicky on Illinois primary election results, State Representative John Connor on the opioid crisis, Chris Dore on the Facebook data breach, Marlene Laro on virtual law firms and more


Chicago Tonight political journalist Amanda Vinicky joins the show to recap the Illinois primary election.


State Representative John Connor talks about his efforts to combat Illinois’ rising crisis of opioid abuse.


Edelson Partner Chris Dore joins Rich and Tina to discuss the Facebook data breach.


Potomac Law Group COO Marlene Laro discusses how her virtual law firm is changing how lawyers work


Finally, in the Legal Grab Bag, Tina and Rich discuss breaking legal news involving Trump’s legal team, Stormy Daniels, a fight over Glen Campbell’s estate and allegations against action star Steven Seagal.


State Rep. Stephanie Kifowit Highlights New Legal Assistance Hotline for Veterans – WspyNews (press release)

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State Rep. Stephanie Kifowit Highlights New Legal Assistance Hotline for Veterans
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Democratic State Rep. Stephanie Kifowit of Oswego is highlighting a new legal assistance hotline which can help Illinois Veterans, active-duty service members, reservists, and their dependents with matters including consumer, housing and family law

After Equifax breach, Beiser votes to cut fees on consumers who freeze their credit after 10031290634-danbeiser.jpg ALTON – To help the millions of Illinois residents who are dealing with the aftermath of the security breach at Equifax, state Rep. Dan Beiser, D-Alton, supported legislation to eliminate unfair

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Wallace Backed Plan to Create Sexual Assault Evidence Tracking and Reporting Commission Signed into Law

News …                   

                                           From State Representative Litesa Wallace                         
For Immediate Release:                                                                            
Sept. 8, 2017                                                                                             
Wallace Backed Plan to Create Sexual Assault Evidence Tracking and Reporting Commission Signed into Law
ROCKFORD, Ill. – A state commission will review and suggest procedures on sexual assault evidence tracking and reporting under a measure sponsored by state Rep. Litesa Wallace, D-Rockford, that was signed into law recently.
“Sexual assault cases are often underreported, and our state currently lacks a uniform system across our law enforcement,” Wallace said. “This commission is an important first step in installing a statewide process that responsibly gathers evidence and ensures that survivors are treated with the respect they deserve.”
Wallace was a sponsor of the bipartisan House Bill 528, which creates the Sexual Assault Evidence Tracking and Reporting Commission to research and develop a statewide plan to track and review sexual assault evidence information. The commission will be made up of appointees from sexual assault organizations, law enforcement, state’s attorneys and other relevant individuals. The group will be tasked with submitting a report within a year that provides suggestions on a uniform, statewide reporting system that responsibly tracks cases and takes into account the well-being of survivors.
“Every community in this state has had to grapple with the effects of sexual assault,” Wallace said. “It is my hope that the results of this commission will allow us to put more criminals behind bars and bring justice to the survivors who deserve it.”
For more information, please contact Wallace’s constituent service office at 815-987-7433 or at

Beiser highlights efforts to protect services that help seniors 42816100234-Dan-Beiser.png ALTON – Continuing his efforts to provide vital services to seniors, state Rep. Dan Beiser, D-Alton, is highlighting programs designed to help seniors that were fully funded in the balanced budget

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RSVP to this FREE Resume Workshop presented by Rep. Sue Scherer. July 12, 2pm, Shilling Center. Call 217.877.9636



RSVP to this FREE Resume Workshop presented by Rep. Sue Scherer. July 12, 2pm, Shilling Center. Call 217.877.9636


Beiser cosponsors buy Illinois, buy U.S. Legislation

ALTON – State Rep. Dan Beiser, D-Alton, is putting Illinois and American made products first by co-sponsoring legislation that would prioritize local purchasing. Both of these bills would ensure state agencies prioritize the purchasing of products in Illinois and U.S. before buying products from other states or countries.

“We have a strong manufacturing base in this state and especially here in Madison County,” Beiser said. “There is no reason that our state should be purchasing products that are made outside of the United States or Illinois, when the same product can be found here. This legislation would help ensure that jobs remain local and help protect them from being shipped overseas.”

The legislation would require state agencies to prioritize future purchases to be products made in Illinois. If products are not available in the Illinois, then it would require the state to look for the same products that are made in the United States, with minimal exceptions.

“We need to be doing everything that we can to keep jobs in the United States and prevent the outsourcing of jobs, especially in the Metro East,” Beiser said. “This legislation would require our state to use products that come from local jobs that support our families. With legislation in place that supports our local businesses and their products, we can have a stronger state economy and help grow more jobs here in Illinois.”

For more on upcoming legislation, please contact Beiser’s full-time constituent service office at 618-465-5900.

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