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In recognition of his efforts to improve the lives of individuals and families facing Alzheimer’s disease in Illinois, State Sen. Daniel Biss, D-Evanston, was named the ‘2015 Legislator of the Year’ by the Alzheimer’s Association – Greater Illinois Chapter.
Sen. Biss was presented with the award during the opening ceremony of the 2015 Chicago Walk to End Alzheimer’s, which brought together more than 5,000 people and raised in excess of $1 million to support Alzheimer’s research, care and support, and awareness. This spring, Sen. Biss passed Senate Bill 1846, which created a comprehensive coordination awareness and search program, called Silver Search, for missing adults believed to have Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia. The governor signed this bill into law on August 7.
“As an increasing number of Illinois residents age, the fight to make Illinois a dementia-capable state will be more important every day,” Erna Colborn, President and CEO, Alzheimer’s Association – Greater Illinois Chapter, said. “I was honored to present Senator Biss with our ‘2015 Legislator of the Year’ award at this year’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s. His tireless work last spring to pass the Silver Search legislation was an inspiration to the Alzheimer’s community and will improve safety for people and families facing Alzheimer’s.”