KCDW Recognizes 2023 Legislative Leaders

State Rep. Barbara Hernandez

Barbara Hernandez, State Representative for the 84th District
State Representative Barbara Hernandez credits her achievements in 2023 in passing six bills, and seeing them become law. Among these:

  • At the end of 2023, announced the release of $95 million from the Federal Railroad Administration to expand Illinois’ passenger rail system, including major renovations for Chicago’s Union Station. Amtrak and the IL DOT are managing the funds that will include improving rail service and adding additional passenger trains throughout IL.
  • Sponsoring HB0003, which is in committee and will be known as the Reproductive Liberty and Justice Act. This bill expands the definition of a medical facility to include a reproductive health center established at a nonprofit community health center.

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State Senator Linda Holmes

State Senator Linda Holmes
, District 42
“The Drones as First Responders Act may be one of the most important bills I’ve worked on in my Senate career,” says Senator Holmes, because it can make a difference in how law enforcement and first responders can gather information and take lifesaving actions swiftly. In part:

  • Worked with the Aurora Police Department, municipal groups, state representative Barbara Hernandez, and state representative Julie Morrison to get the Drones as First Responders Act signed into law. Drones can provide police and first responders with critical information when they are enroute to emergency calls, such as helping to secure the site and find the location of a shooter.

The Paint Stewardship Act in Senate Bill 836 creates a means for consumers to dispose of household paint in Illinois.

  • Sponsored the Paint Stewardship Act (Senate Bill 836) that requires paint manufacturers to pay a fee for the EPA to set up paint collection sites throughout the state where homeowners can drop off unused paint free of charge. To find out more, visit the Senator’s legislative website.
State Rep. Stephanie Kifowit

Stephanie Kifowit, State Representative for the 84th District

Awarded the VFW Outstanding State Legislator of the Year Award for addressing  the following issues that affect service members and veterans:

  • Identification and assistance with PTSD
  • Prevention of veteran suicides
  • Prevention of sexual assault and protection for victims both on and off military bases
  • Assistance with employment opportunities after service

Also introduced House Bill 3103, which guarantees that National Guard and reserve military service members have the same rights as civilian sexual assault survivors

As Chair of the IL House Personnel and Pension Committee, Stephanie filed House Bill 4908 which covers finding solutions for the IL Pension System for State Employees

  • Created a statewide Deferred Retirement Option and expanded the Pension Buy-Out Program
  • Working on ensuring that benefits are fair for all workers and revamping the Tier 2 system
  • Changed the target-funding percentage and identified sources of future funding

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Kane County Board Chair Corinne Pierog

Corinne Pierog, Kane County Board Chair
Chair Pieorg cites a number of accomplishments since her campaign win in 2020:

  • Secured $30million from the State Assembly allowing the Longmeadow Parkway to become a toll-free bridge. (Many thought that this would be impossible.) The Longmeadow Parkway Bridge will open in Fall 2024.
  • Working with our fellow “Chicagoland” Counties, Chicago, and World Business Chicago, established a regional commitment to economic development. This commitment will enable Kane County to establish its first Economic Development Council.
  • The Fabulous Fox! Water Trail was recognized by the National Park Service as one of nine national river trails. Extending throughout Kane County the trail will be receiving enhancements in 2024 with additional launch sites, historical markers, and canoe/kayak locks.
  • After many years of steps forward and then many steps backward, Kane County finally established its first policy to address pay equity for its employees. This policy will enable Kane County to maintain and attract a qualified workforce to serve the residents of our County, while enabling the annual budget to be responsive to the tax payers concerns.
State Senator Karina Villa

State Senator Karina Villa, 25th District
I am proud of all we have accomplished in Springfield this year, including over 20 of my bills signed into law.  SB 2365 which allows an alternative path to licensure for social workers, SB203 ensures proper penalties in place for exposure to pesticides, and many more addressing the issues effecting residents of the 25th Senate district.  I have enjoyed all the community outreach in my new district and look forward to all we can accomplish together in 2024.
For a full list of the Senator’s bills click here.

Congresswoman Underwood

Congresswoman Lauren Underwood
Lauren Underwood was first elected to Congress in 2018 with a singular mission: to protect and expand access to high-quality, affordable health care. She’s now in her third term, and has had 14 pieces of legislation signed into law under both Presidents Trump and Biden.

Lauren is working to bring federal funding home to the IL-14. These resources help ensure access to safe and reliable drinking water in Crest Hill and La Salle; help community organizations serve more families; build a new fire and ambulance station in Ottawa; increase access to child care; and create academic and career opportunities for students in northern Illinois.

She’s also helped pass legislation to lower health care costs for millions of Americans – capping insulin prices at $35 a month for Medicare beneficiaries, allowing Medicare to negotiate lower prescription drug prices for seniors, and providing tax credits to homeowners and renters to lower their energy costs.

Lastly, Lauren is focused on supporting small business owners, growing our middle class, and creating good paying jobs in the community. Last year, Lion Electric opened the largest manufacturing facility of zero-emission electric buses and trucks in the country, bringing 1,400 jobs to Joliet. To find out more about Congresswoman Underwood, visit her website.