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Biss Bill Tightening Background Checks on Ride-share Drivers Becomes Law

A bill requiring ride-share drivers to provide more personal information for background checks became law this week. The new law, sponsored by State Senator Daniel Biss (D-Evanston), requires all individuals who are applying to be a driver for a ride-sharing service to provide their full legal name, social security number, and date of birth. “People […]

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Sen. Biss Proposes Small Donor Matching for Political Campaigns

The only way to blunt the influence that wealthy donors maintain over government is to return power to the people by amplifying the voice of small donors through public financing of elections, Senator Daniel Biss said Thursday. Biss, an Evanston Democrat, is sponsoring Senate Bill 1424, which creates the Small Donor Democracy Matching System for […]

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Biss: Protecting the DON Score Threshold Protects the Most Vulnerable

State Senator Daniel Biss (D – Evanston) released the following the statement as the House passed legislation protecting eligibility requirements for older adults and persons with disabilities: “We cannot in good conscience change the eligibility standards for our citizens who rely on daily essential services. Keeping the eligibility score at 29 will allow Illinoisans to […]

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Senate to Vote on Service Eligibility Threshold for Older Adults, Persons with Disabilities

State Senator Daniel Biss (D — Evanston) announced today that he will present a bill to allow vulnerable seniors and people with disabilities to retain essential care. Without action from the Senate, substantial and detrimental changes to state-provided in-home and long-term care may be on the way under a new plan proposed by the governor. […]

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Biss Sponsors Bill Releasing Federal Dollars to Support Human Services

On Aug. 4, Senator Daniel Biss (D – Evanston) and his colleagues in the Illinois state Senate passed SB 2042, a measure to release federal funds previously withheld due to the state budget impasse. Under the legislation, the state would be authorized to send along almost five billion federal dollars to programs that help feed […]

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Statement by Senator Biss on the Budget Impasse

Senator Biss issued the following statement: “Today marks the end of the first month of Fiscal Year 16 — and yet the State of Illinois is still operating without a budget. “For a variety of reasons, mostly technical and legal, a lot of the state’s ordinary expenditures are still happening. These include payments to elementary […]