The start of the 101st General Assembly has been busy. I am pleased to announce that I was appointed Chair of the Appropriations – Human Services committee. I am also serving as Vice Chair of the Energy & Environment committee and as a member of the Insurance and Museums, Arts, and Cultural Enhancements committees.

 
Below, I’ve highlighted some legislative accomplishments thus far and a selection of bills I am actively working to pass in Springfield. You can follow the progress of these bills, access live streams of session and committee meetings, and find other legislative information at ILGA.gov. Please keep an eye out for the next legislative newsletter, which will include updates on the budget, pensions, and the fair tax proposal.
 
I always appreciate hearing from neighbors in our district regarding issues or legislation of importance to you. I and my staff take note of all of your calls and emails, so please continue to contact my district office at 847-424-9898 or staterepgabel@robyngabel.com.
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Legislative Notes: What We’ve Passed

Legislative Notes: What We’ve Passed

Legislative Notes: What We’ve Passed

 
 
The 101st General Assembly is off to an efficient start, with much more to come. Here are a few important bills which I supported that have recently passed in the House:
 
  • HB246This legislation which I co-sponsored will highlight contributions of the LGBTQ community in the history curriculum of Illinois public schools. It will enrich the historical perspective of all students and affirm for LGBTQ students that people just like them have always existed and have made significant contributions to society.
 
  • HB345Tobacco 21 will raise the age to purchase cigarettes and other tobacco products from 18 to 21. The bill will help reduce the likelihood of children smoking, save lives, and reduce healthcare costs attributed to tobacco use. It has passed in both chambers and now awaits Governor Pritzker’s signature.
 
  • HB834I was especially proud to help pass the Equal Pay Act concerning wage history. It will prohibit employers from asking job applicants about their salary histories. This is a common sense step designed to help close the wage gap between women and men. The bill is now being considered in the Senate and Governor Pritzker has stated that he intends to sign it into law when it arrives on his desk.

 
 
The 101st General Assembly is off to an efficient start, with much more to come. Here are a few important bills which I supported that have recently passed in the House:
 
  • HB246This legislation which I co-sponsored will highlight contributions of the LGBTQ community in the history curriculum of Illinois public schools. It will enrich the historical perspective of all students and affirm for LGBTQ students that people just like them have always existed and have made significant contributions to society.
 
  • HB345Tobacco 21 will raise the age to purchase cigarettes and other tobacco products from 18 to 21. The bill will help reduce the likelihood of children smoking, save lives, and reduce healthcare costs attributed to tobacco use. It has passed in both chambers and now awaits Governor Pritzker’s signature.
 
  • HB834I was especially proud to help pass the Equal Pay Act concerning wage history. It will prohibit employers from asking job applicants about their salary histories. This is a common sense step designed to help close the wage gap between women and men. The bill is now being considered in the Senate and Governor Pritzker has stated that he intends to sign it into law when it arrives on his desk.

 
 
The 101st General Assembly is off to an efficient start, with much more to come. Here are a few important bills which I supported that have recently passed in the House:
 
  • HB246This legislation which I co-sponsored will highlight contributions of the LGBTQ community in the history curriculum of Illinois public schools. It will enrich the historical perspective of all students and affirm for LGBTQ students that people just like them have always existed and have made significant contributions to society.
 
  • HB345Tobacco 21 will raise the age to purchase cigarettes and other tobacco products from 18 to 21. The bill will help reduce the likelihood of children smoking, save lives, and reduce healthcare costs attributed to tobacco use. It has passed in both chambers and now awaits Governor Pritzker’s signature.
 
  • HB834I was especially proud to help pass the Equal Pay Act concerning wage history. It will prohibit employers from asking job applicants about their salary histories. This is a common sense step designed to help close the wage gap between women and men. The bill is now being considered in the Senate and Governor Pritzker has stated that he intends to sign it into law when it arrives on his desk.

Legislative Notes: What I’m Working On

Legislative Notes: What I’m Working On

Legislative Notes: What I’m Working On

 
I am currently the primary sponsor of 35 progressive bills, and a co-sponsor of many more, dealing with issues that directly impact people’s lives here in Illinois. From climate change, to education, to healthcare, I am pushing hard to enact needed change on behalf of our communities. The following are some highlights of what I will be working on in the weeks to come:
 
  • HB3624 The Clean Energy Job Act will lead Illinois to 100% Clean Energy by 2050, decarbonize the power sector, reduce pollution from the transportation sector, and ensure job training and equitable clean energy development. Climate change is the most critical issue facing our environment and this legislation will take significant and vital steps towards mitigating its impact.
 
  • SB1909 The United States has the worst rate of maternal mortality in the developed world. It is the only developed country where the maternal mortality rate is rising. In Illinois, there are significant racial and ethnic disparities and this bill would address the lack of services experienced by many new mothers.
 
  • HB1468 This bill would end detention of young children under 13, provide effective alternatives to incarceration and key services they deserve, and help to reform the juvenile justice system. Similar law, sponsored by Commissioner Larry Suffredin, was enacted in Cook County last year and has already seen successful results. We need to pass such measures at the state level to ensure our youth do not suffer the devastating consequences of spending even one night in jail.
 
  • HB2855 This climate bill will responsibly electrify the transportation sector and provide good jobs in a growing industry.
 
  • HB282 This bill will increase transparency for those potentially affected by fracking and drilling in Illinois, where it is currently classified as confidential.
 
  • HB2443 Will allow for local control over coal tar toxins, a carcinogen for which alternatives are available.These toxins, which are prevalent in sealant commonly used in playgrounds, pose a specific threat to children and their caretakers. Our Senator in the 18th District, Laura Fine, is carrying a partner bill in that chamber and we look forward to working together to get it to the Governor’s desk.