Twenty-two senators honored for pro-environment voting records

IEC enviro awards2 092220CHICAGO – The Illinois Environmental Council (IEC) released its first ever Lifetime Environmental Scorecard Monday, chronicling the average score of all votes cast on bills affecting the environment by each sitting legislator over the course of their entire legislative career. Several members of the Senate Democratic Caucus are honorees.

Legislators in their first term were only scored on their votes in 2019, the first and only year they were able to vote on bills impacting the environment due to the disruption of the 2020 regular legislative session by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Senate Democrats receiving a 90%+ lifetime score were: Cristina Castro, Laura M. Murphy,
Steve Stadelman, Michael E. Hastings, Robert F. Martwick, Melinda Bush, Laura Fine, Elgie R. Sims, Jr., Bill Cunningham, Linda Holmes, Pat McGuire, Heather A. Steans, Mattie Hunter, Iris Y. Martinez, Don Harmon, Jacqueline Y. Collins and Sara Feigenholtz.

Women’s Caucus calls for justice and peace as protests continue across Illinois

collins 013120CHICAGO—The women of the Illinois Senate came together to issue a united call for justice and peace. Lawmakers from both parties called on the state to address the issues that have led to the protests and to join together in healing.

“We cannot condone violence in any form,” said State Senator Jacqueline Collins, Deputy Majority Caucus Chair (D-Chicago). “That means that we must have justice for Americans who have been brutalized by the violence of law enforcement. Voices across Illinois join those across the nation in loudly proclaiming that Black lives matter, and that peace cannot come about without justice.”

Glowiak Hilton, local businesses help keep first responders healthy during pandemic

Senator Glowiak Hilton and the Hinsdale Fire DepartmentWESTERN SPRINGS – State Senator Suzy Glowiak Hilton (D-Western Springs) coordinated equipment sanitizer donations to local police and fire departments throughout the 24th Senate District last week.

“Every day our first responders put their lives on the line to keep us safe,” Glowiak Hilton said. “During this pandemic they face new challenges so we need to do all we can to make sure they remain safe and healthy.”

PathoSans Technologies, a cleaning products supplier in Glendale Heights, pledged to donate up to 5,000 gallons per day of its sanitizer and disinfectant to the state. Over 400 gallons of sanitizer were distributed throughout the 24th Senate District.

“During this state of emergency, a shortage of effective sanitizers and disinfectants quickly became a significant issue,” said Dr. William J. Kohley, President of PathoSans Technologies. “Our ECA systems are designed to supply high volumes of environmentally responsible cleaners and sanitizers. They are manufactured right here in IL; by redirecting production to address local supply chain shortages, we knew we could help immediately.”

January is Radon Awareness Month

Radon Awareness MonthJanuary is Radon Awareness Month. Approximately 1,200 Illinoisans are diagnosed with radon-related lung cancer each year, so make sure your home is radon-free! Radon can’t be seen, smelled, or tasted so the only way to detect its presence is through a licensed professional or at-home test kit.

You can find a local, licensed professional here.

OR, you can order an at-home radon testing kit here.

How should I prepare my home to test for radon?

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