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“It is now time to devote all of our attention to passing a budget and avoiding a fiscal catastrophe that will paralyze Illinois for generations." - State Senator Dave Koehler (D-Peoria)

SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Dave Koehler (D-Peoria) issued the following statement regarding the Grand Bargain vote in the Senate today:

“When the Illinois Senate came together in December to find a way out of this two-year impasse, we sent a message to the people of Illinois that their suffering would be over soon. A series of legislative proposals was unveiled that would include reforms the governor has been asking for. Five months later, we have changed those pieces of legislation over 30 times to accommodate our Republican colleagues to no avail.”

“It is now time to devote all of our attention to passing a budget and avoiding a fiscal catastrophe that will paralyze Illinois for generations. The people of Illinois cannot wait any longer for legislators to do their jobs and end this impasse.”

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“When we can find redundancies that we all agree should be eliminated, we should make it a point to do so as quickly as possible.” - State Senator Dave Koehler (D-Peoria)

SPRINGFIELD – A redundant food handling certificate required by the state will be no more under legislation being considered by the Illinois Senate. House Bill 3684 will eliminate the certificate, helping small business owners and workers.

Currently, the Illinois Department of Public Health requires workers to complete an approved training program and pass an exam provided by an accredited exam provider. After the person pays for and passes the exam and secures the national certificate, they are required to electronically send the national certificate to the state and pay $35 for an Illinois specific certificate.

State Senator Dave Koehler (D-Peoria) is in favor of eliminating the $35 fee and is the legislation’s sponsor.

“Small businesses are caught in a web of local, state and federal regulations that make it difficult to manage the day-today activities of their business,” said Koehler, a former small business owner himself. “When we can find redundancies that we all agree should be eliminated, we should make it a point to do so as quickly as possible.”

The measure passed out of the Public Health Committee and now goes to the full Senate.

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"This legislation intends to restore trust between hard working immigrants seeking a better life and selfless police officers protecting our community.” - State Senator Dave Koehler (D-Peoria)

SPRINGFIELD – Legislation designed to restore trust between immigrant communities and the police was passed by the Illinois Senate today.

Senate bill 31, also known as the TRUST Act, would require federal immigration officials to have a criminal warrant before entering schools, medical facilities and facilities owned by the Secretary of State to make an arrest. The legislation also prohibits using any state or local resources to help create a federal registry based on race, national origin, religion or other protected classes.

State Senator Dave Koehler (D-Peoria) issued the following statement:

“This country was built by and for immigrants searching for a better life, not only for themselves, but more importantly for their children. Immigrants should not be fearful of contacting the police because they are afraid of deportation. This legislation intends to restore trust between hard working immigrants seeking a better life and selfless police officers protecting our community.”

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03022017AM0746cSPRINGFIELD – Legislation protecting consumers from deceptive leases passed the Illinois Senate today. Senate bill 885 would protect renters from “Rent-to-own” schemes that are often fraught with deceptive terms and conditions that can be costly to consumers.

In a survey of housing counselors around the state conducted by Housing Action Illinois, only 12% of counselors reported that they felt that people considering rent-to-own homeownership opportunities well understand the differences between rent-to-own and homeownership with a mortgage.

The new legislation would seek to address that lack of understanding by creating the Installment Sales Contract Act. Among the new protections is a requirement that a payment schedule is to be given to the buyer prior to closing, a prohibition on prepayment penalties and a requirement for a written contract with information about ballooning payments.

State Senator Dave Koehler (D-Peoria), the legislation’s sponsor, issued the following statement following the passage of SB 885:

“Consumers should have as much information as possible when making one of the most important decisions of their lives. The deceptive practices often found in ‘rent-to-own’ contracts set renters up for a rude awakening. That is why we crafted legislation that seeks to bring more transparency and information to the process.”

The measure now moves on to the House of Representatives.

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