Issues

Current Legislation

Preserve Net Neutrality in Illinois

HB 4819 Requires all internet service providers (ISPs) who do business with Illinois state agencies and organizations to commit to honoring net neutrality principles for all customers in Illinois. It also requires ISPs to disclose any practices and commercial terms relating to blocking paid prioritization, or throttling.

Documents for Adult Living

HB 4887  Requires the Department of Children and Family Services to assist youth in care in identifying and obtaining documents necessary to function as an independent adult prior to the closure of the youth’s case to terminate wardship under the Juvenile Court Act of 1987.

Crime Victim Compensation Act 

HB 5267 Ensures that providers don’t bill more than standard rates for crime victims compensated by the act.

Tourism Funding

HB 4757 Provides that moneys that are required to be deposited into the Tourism Promotion Fund from the proceeds of the tax imposed under the Hotel Operators’ Occupation Tax Act shall be deposited directly into the Tourism Promotion Fund.

Electroconvulsive Therapy Language Removal

HB 5557  Provides that electroconvulsive therapy may not be administered under the emergency treatment provisions of the Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Code.

Contact Information in Mental Health Facilities

HB 5558 Provides that in every facility there should be posted the contact information for the Guardianship and Advocacy Commission and the agency designated by the Governor under the Protection and Advocacy for Persons with Developmental Disabilities Act to administer a State plan to protect and advocate the rights of persons with developmental disabilities.

Sealing the Record of Victims of Trafficking

HB 5494 Provides that a trafficking victim shall be eligible to petition for the immediate sealing of his or her criminal record upon the completion of his or her last sentence if his or her participation in the underlying offense was a direct result of human trafficking under the Criminal Code of 2012 or a severe form of trafficking under the federal Trafficking Victim Protection Act.

Principle on Oil & Gas Income 

HB 4920 Provides that, only for oil or gas from non-coal formations held in non-trust estates and by legal tenants and remaindermen (instead of “with respect only to non-trust estates, for oil or gas from non-coal formations”), proceeds from the sale of such minerals produced and received as royalty, overriding royalty, limited royalty, working interest, net profit interest, time-limited interest or term interest, or lease bonus shall be deemed income.

Electronic Voter Registration Information

SB 2273 Provides that the Electronic Registration Information Center shall provide the exclusive interstate voter registration program for the State.

Budget
In this time of fiscal crisis on the local, state and federal levels, it is clear that stability and accountability must remain a priority in balencing a budget. The fiscal challenges the state is facing are not new, and Ann continues to look for ways to increase revenue and cut spending in a responsible manner, while streamlining government services where possible.

However, it is important that any budget cuts are not a knee-jerk reaction to our fiscal crisis which might “save” money in the very short term but will cost us much more down the road both in human and financial terms. Severe cuts to mental health, disability services, early intervention, and other health and human services will only harm our most vulnerable citizens.

Ann believes that our policies must emphasize job growth and increased opportunities for economic development.

Ann’s budget priorities include paying down our backlog of bills, funding education and our most critical human services, and pushing for openness and accountability in the budget process – a critical part of keeping our budget in check.

In 2015, Ann introduced her Roadmap to Fiscal Stability, a series of forward-looking proposals to fix the budget making process, ensure the State’s long-term financial needs are addressed, and put the State on a path to fiscal health. If we adopt these principles we can avoid much of the crisis-driven decision making that has put so many of the most critical human services programs in jeopardy.

Education
Throughout her time in office, Ann has been a strong advocates for maximizing funding for education, understanding that strong schools make strong communities – and vice versa.

This means that within our limited budget, as much money as possible must go directly into the classrooms and administrative and bureaucratic costs must be reevaluated and cuts made. Ann believes too many schools are forced into overcrowded classrooms and reliant on outside fundraising for essential needs.

Our state has historically done a woefully inadequate job of funding education and the Chicago Public Schools have greatly suffered from this problem. Ann remains a part of a coalition of legislators working to increase the role the State plays in funding our children’s education and address the overreliance on property taxes for this purpose. This is a critical issue and one that must be addressed in a way that does not shortchange our children.

Ann remains committed to ensuring that our limited resources be directed towards public schools and stand opposed to charter schools threatening the growth of our neighborhood schools.

Ann has also been recently leading an effort to ensure that parents have discretion over their children’s education–especially when it comes to standardized testing. Opting-out of testing should be an option for parents who choose to do so, and it should not come at a price to the child’s education.