IMG 2647RSOAKBROOK TERRACE – State Senator Suzy Glowiak (D-Western Springs) expressed her thanks to the hundreds of local residents who participated in her Town Hall Tuesday Series.

The freshman senator said she learned a lot during the four town hall meetings in Elmhurst, Lombard, Glen Ellyn and Hinsdale that began June 11.

“I’m proud to see civic involvement is a priority for residents across the 24th State Senate District,” Glowiak said. “We may not always agree on issues, but we did have productive and respectful conversations on policies that affect us all. I’m thankful to everyone who attended, shared their concerns and were engaged in the legislative process.”

The most recent town hall meeting Glowiak hosted was on Tuesday, July 9 at the Hinsdale Library. By the end of the standing room only event, more than 100 people managed to participate in the lively discussion.

Popular topics of discussion included reproductive legislation, election security, education priorities in the state budget and environmental concerns.

Glowiak, who voted against raising the mileage tax, increasing car registration fees and progressive tax rates, said she sympathizes with residents feeling overtaxed.

“Suburban families have been overtaxed for years,” Glowiak said. “The focus needs to shift to creating jobs and encouraging economic development in our communities. I pledge to continue to work to find ways that eliminate government waste and abuse in our budget to ensure taxpayer dollars are spent responsibly and effectively in Springfield.”

To help solve the pension crisis, she sponsored Senate Bill 1810 which would eliminate the General Assembly Retirement System for future senators. Glowiak has declined to accept a pension.

Glowiak assures residents who were unable to attend that her office is always available to the residents of the 24th State Senate District.

Glowiak urges residents to stay connected to news in Springfield and the community by signing up for her e-newsletter list on her website www.SenatorSuzyGlowiak.com or following her on Facebook or Twitter.

“Part of being an elected official is listening to the concerns and answering the questions of the people I’m elected to represent,” Glowiak said. “If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to reach out to our office. We are here to serve the needs of the 24th State Senate District.”

The district includes all or parts of Darien, Elmhurst, Oakbrook Terrace, Wheaton, Clarendon Hills, Downers Grove, Glen Ellyn, Hinsdale, Lisle, Lombard, Oak Brook, Villa Park, Western Springs, Westmont and Willowbrook.

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03132019CM1573 1OAKBROOK TERRACE– For more than a generation, young people have been discouraged from seeking blue collar jobs in favor of pursuing college degrees. State Senator Suzy Glowiak (D-Western Springs) passed a measure to help encourage more job seekers to pursue occupations that ensure safety and modernize Illinois’ infrastructure.

Glowiak championed the Blue Collar Jobs Act, which offers tax incentives to companies making significant capital improvements in Illinois based on the withholding tax paid to construction workers. The program went into effect on July 1, 2019.

"The Blue Collar Jobs Act will lift up middle class families while expanding Illinois' businesses," Glowiak said. "The key to growing our state's economy is creating new jobs, expanding economic opportunities and promoting a business climate that encourages companies to stay, expand and grow in our communities.”

The act creates four new tax credits; High Impact Business construction jobs credit, Enterprise Zone construction jobs credit, New Construction EDGE Credit and the River Edge construction jobs credit. The bipartisan program won the support of labor and business groups

The Blue Collar Jobs Act is similar to the EDGE Tax Credit program, with some of the following features:

  • An incremental income tax withholding is offered to High Impact Businesses and businesses in Enterprise Zones and Rivers Edge Areas.
  • The credit is larger if the jobs are provided in an underserved area (defined by the EDGE tax regulations).
  • The credits to the business (employer) are equal to up to 50% (or in some instances, 75% if the project is in an underserved area) of income tax withheld from construction project contractor and subcontractor employees.

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youth preparedness month Facebook ImageOAKBROOK TERRACE – July is national Youth Preparedness Month, State Senator Suzy Glowiak is urging area residents to take some time to prepare young people for the emergencies and disasters that can happen at any time. 

“This month take the time to account for the unique needs of children,” Glowiak said. “In the unfortunate event there is a natural disaster or an emergency; children should know the steps to take to keep themselves and others safe.”

Youth preparedness programs teach young people the proper steps to remain safe during and after a disaster. Some programs even give young people a seat at the table when it comes to developing recovery plans.

Research has shown prepared children and young adults become positive influences, leaders and become more confident if they are mentally prepared.

“Youth preparedness programs are a great way to help future generations develop resilience and give young people a seat at the table,” Glowiak said.

Glowiak recommends residents visit www.ready.gov/get-involved to learn more.

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Sglowiak1213121OAKBROOK TERRACE - A new state task force will focus on giving students the tools to make financially sound decisions thanks to State Senator Suzy Glowiak.

Glowiak supported House Bill 1581 which creates the College Student Credit Card Marketing and Debt Task Force, an eight-member task force that will seek to reduce the amount of credit card debt students face after graduating from higher education institutions in Illinois. It was signed into law on Friday.

“Higher education opens the doors of opportunity for young people,” Glowiak said. “It is vital that as a state we institute policies that allow students to graduate with loads of opportunity, not mountains of debt. They should not be preyed on by credit card companies.”

Opening credit cards can be a life-altering choice for students. While there are legitimate reasons a student may need a credit card, there are many downsides, Glowiak said.

“Tuition, fees and living expenses at Illinois colleges and universities are high enough,” Glowiak said. “It is our duty to find ways to lower the costs of obtaining a college education in Illinois. However, as we explore methods to save costs, we need to make sure we’re looking out for the financial well-being of these young adults.”

Studies have shown that from 2004 to 2008, the average college student card debt rose from $2,169 to $3,173. While making a choice about having a credit card as a student can be difficult, credit card marketing can push students to open credit cards for the wrong reasons.

Credit card companies use marketing strategies such as on-campus marketing, rewards, college affinity cards and college logos on credit cards as effective ploys to get students to register for credit cards.

“We need to equip our students to make smart decisions," Glowiak said. “The goal of this taskforce is to ensure young people are not taken advantage of by big corporations who are attempting to make a profit off of students’ financial inexperience.”

House Bill 1581 passed the Senate and House with bipartisan support. It went into effect on Friday, June 28, 2019.

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