SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Senate adopted a plan by State Senator Suzy Glowiak Hilton (D-Western Springs) to invest in child care services for workers with non-traditional schedules, such as law enforcement officers, firefighters, EMS personnel and more.

“Finding reliable child care can be difficult for first responders and other third shift emergency workers,” Glowiak Hilton said. “By creating the Off-hours Child Care Program Fund, Illinois is working to increase accessibility for parents in public service who work non-traditional hours.”

Under Glowiak Hilton’s proposal, the Department of Human Services would be required to establish and administer an Off-Hours Child Care Program to assist first responders and other workers with access to off-hours, night, or sleep time child care. The program is subject to appropriation.

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033022CM0822SPRINGFIELD – To fulfill the state’s commitment to invest in working families, State Senator Suzy Glowiak Hilton (D-Western Springs) expressed strong support for the proposed $1.8 billion tax relief plan to refund residents.

“Over recent years, fiscally responsible budgeting has eliminated state deficits and paid bill backlogs,” Glowiak Hilton said. “By providing direct relief to taxpayers, Illinois offering various ways to give financial support to students, working families and homeowners.”

The plan outlined Friday would directly deliver relief checks valued at $100 per person and $50 per child to state taxpayers making $250,000 individually or $500,000 jointly – sending money to 97% of taxpayers. A household of four could see a $300 check. Taxpayers could also see an additional $300 property tax relief check.

To address inflation and the rising prices at the pump, the plan also suspends the 1% state grocery tax and the state’s portion of the gas tax increase for six months. Parents could see additional relief at the store from Aug. 5-Aug. 14 under a plan to also wipe out the state sales tax on clothing, shoes and school supplies to give consumers an economic boost as they go back-to-school shopping.

“The pandemic has created numerous financial burdens,” Glowiak Hilton said. “With this proposal, Illinois is working to relieve financial stress and pay it forward to the individuals who have kept our state operational during some of the toughest times.”

The comprehensive proposal also includes increased tax credits for teachers and volunteer first responders.

Senator Glowiak Hilton is working with her colleagues to advance on the proposal – Senate Bill 1150 – by the scheduled April 8 adjournment.

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021622CM0266SPRINGFIELD – To improve accessibility and offer additional protections to workers, the Illinois Senate approved an initiative by State Senator Suzy Glowiak Hilton (D-Western Springs) to modernize the Occupational Safety and Health Act.

“Illinois’ OSHA protects all state and local government workers,” said Glowiak Hilton, chair of the Senate Commerce Committee. “To ensure employees have adequate working conditions, it’s critical for employers to have inspection details and citations as quickly as possible.”

In collaboration with the Illinois Department of Labor, Glowiak Hilton’s measure allows post-inspection notices and citations to be sent via email instead of solely USPS certified mail.

In addition, the proposal streamlines the process to match state and federal standards, declares intentional violations can be penalized per occurrence by up to $10,000 and expands discrimination provisions to maintain consistency with existing law.

House Bill 4604 passed the Senate Wednesday and moves to the governor for final consideration.

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277248333 356074423233515 1197082354031066576 nSPRINGFIELD – To recognize the agency’s 100 years of service to residents across the state, State Senator Suzy Glowiak Hilton (D-Western Springs) supported an initiative declaring April 2022 as Illinois State Police Centennial Month.

“For the last 100 years, the Illinois State Police have worked to improve integrity, service and pride in communities across the state,” Glowiak Hilton said. “By recognizing the agency’s centennial on April 1, 2022 and throughout the month, we can offer support to the thousands of brave men and women who have stepped up to assist, comfort and protect Illinois residents.”

Under the Public Works and Buildings Department, the Illinois State Police was created on April 1, 1922. The agency was initially responsible for enforcing road weight laws. At the beginning, there were only eight patrolmen, and their equipment included World War I uniforms, motorcycles and portable scales for weighing trucks.

Now, with leadership from Director Brendan Kelly, ISP operates 21 patrol districts, eight investigative zones, six forensic science laboratories, and five regional crime scene service centers. The agency works to promote public safety, assist local law enforcement departments, decrease roadway crashes and reduce crime across the state.

Senate Resolution 934 was adopted by the Senate Tuesday.

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