Illinois bill would crack down on political deepfakes

March 20, 2024

SPRINGFIELD, Il. (WCIA) – In an election year, voters see all kinds of information about candidates and issues they’ll be voting for on the ballot. But some of that information isn’t always true and could even be a political deepfake…

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Illinois House insurance committee approves plan expanding infertility coverage

March 12, 2024

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) — Private insurance companies in Illinois can currently limit patients to four rounds of IVF treatment. State lawmakers removed the cap on infertility coverage for state employees last year. Although, a proposal in the Illinois House could expand private…

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Illinois Representatives from both sides of the aisle co-sponsor bill to increase safety at correctional facilities

March 5, 2024

A new Illinois bill that is being co-sponsored by candidates from both sides of the aisle is looking to add safety measures to correctional facilities across Illinois, including the East Moline Correctional Facility. Illinois House Bill 4743 was filed by…

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Coalitions across the state are calling on the General Assembly to provide funding in the 2025 state budget to fund the 'Healthy School Meals for All' bill.

Illinois rallies for budget appropriation to enable healthy school meals for all

February 23, 2024

Springfield, IL — A statewide push to provide healthy school meals for all children across Illinois may soon become a reality. Coalitions across Illinois are calling on the General Assemble to provide funding in the 2025 state budget. Last year…

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In 2023, we passed legislation that capped the cost of insulin and epi-pens. Now, Rep. Laura Faver Dias is working to do the same for another life-saving medication: inhalers.

Illinois lawmakers could cap monthly inhaler costs this spring

February 11, 2024

DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) — A new plan in Springfield could cap the monthly out-of-pocket cost for inhalers. People struggling with asthma and other lung diseases could pay just $25 for one prescription inhaler per month. Rep. Laura Faver Dias (D-Grayslake) knows firsthand about…

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Rep. Nabeela Syed is continuing the fight against skyrocketing prescription drug costs. She has joined up with advocates and fellow state lawmakers to create a prescription drug affordability board.

Illinois could become ninth state with prescription drug affordability board

January 19, 2024

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) — State lawmakers and advocates believe prescription drugs don’t work if people can’t afford them. That’s why Sen. Dave Koehler (D-Peoria) and Rep. Nabeela Syed (D-Palatine) are proposing Illinois creates a prescription drug affordability board. The Coalition…

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The election day countdown starts now! This week, our members will begin collecting petitions to get on the ballot. Help us stay strong in the fight for our communities! You've got until December 4 to sign a petition for your Democratic state representative.

Politicians start collecting signatures as Illinois election season officially kicks off

September 7, 2023

Tuesday is the official kickoff to the 2024 political season. Candidates began the work of getting on the ballot for next spring’s primary election. Voters may not be thinking a lot about the 2024 election right now, since it is…

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Thanks to House Democrats, we have expanded protections for survivors of domestic violence. Several bills co-sponsored by Rep. Joyce Mason were recently signed into law and will allow survivors to be safely distanced from their abusers and add electronic communications to orders of protection.

Illinois Lawmakers Look to Address Domestic Violence Rise With Laws to Help Survivors

August 28, 2023

An estimated one in five homicide victims are killed by an intimate partner, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  The CDC also reports that about 75% of female domestic violence survivors and 48% of male survivors experience some…

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Leader Barbara Hernandez was recently on News Nation to dispel the myths regarding a new bill she co-sponsored which allows eligible individuals to apply to become police officers in Illinois.

Illinois enacts bill allowing noncitizens to join police force

August 14, 2023

(NewsNation) — Amid an alarming shortage of police officers across the country, there’s a bold new proposal that might help solve the problem: filling police ranks with non-U.S. citizens. Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed a bill last week that would…

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The tourism industry in Illinois is back and better than ever with record-breaking hotel revenues and growing visitor numbers. From museums in our lively city of Chicago to the beautiful hiking trails in southern Illinois, we have it all.

Illinois Tourism Booming Post-COVID, ‘Middle of Everything’ Campaign Successful

July 16, 2023

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) — The tourism industry is booming in Illinois. State leaders announced Monday that Illinois hotels made $308 million during Fiscal Year 2023. Gov. JB Pritzker said that is the highest hotel revenue numbers in state history. 111…

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