IABG advocates for policies that close the racial wealth gap and expand savings opportunities. Illinois’ regular legislative session ended on May 31, and we saw progress on many of our policy priorities that impact Illinoisans with low incomes.
- SB2804, the Wage Assignment & Consumer Protections Bill: SB2804 strengthens consumer protections for payday loan borrowers in a process called wage assignment. It passed out of the House & the Senate, and now goes to the Governor for his signature.
- SB2465, Ending Unjust Lawsuits Against Formerly Incarcerated People: SB2465 ends unjust lawsuits by preventing the Department of Corrections from seeking reimbursement for the cost of a person’s incarceration. It also passed out of the House & Senate, and is on its way to the Governor.
- HB4446, Ban the Box in Higher Education: HB4446 increases educational opportunities for people with criminal records by “banning the box” in the admissions process to higher education institutions. It passed out of the House, but we faced significant opposition and were unable to move it forward in the Senate. We will be working on advancing it over the summer.
Bills IABG Supported
- SB2236, Student Debt & Professional Licensure: SB2236 prevents professional licenses from being revoked because of student loan debt (for loans provided/guaranteed by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission). It passed out of the Senate, but has not yet passed the House. We hope to see SB2236 advance in the summer.
- SB2340, Child Support for Families receiving TANF: SB2340 provides more support for families receiving TANF by requiring that the first $100 of child support (1 child) or $200 (2 or more children) goes to the family. It passed the House & Senate, and is on its way to the Governor.
- HB4633, Unclaimed Property Reforms: HB4633 ensures that insurance companies work to pay out life insurance benefits when a loved one passes away. Given that life insurance is often the only method for many low-income individuals of leaving an inheritance , the legislation could have a big impact on Illinois families. The bill was pushed by Treasurer Frerichs, passed the House and the Senate and is on its way to the Governor.
We also worked diligently in Springfield to defend existing consumer protections. In particular, we advocated against a number of bills that would harm consumers purchasing used cars.
Heartland Alliance Priorities
IABG is a project of Heartland Alliance for Human Needs & Human Rights. Our policy team at Heartland Alliance championed a number of bills that affect low-income Illinoisans.
- SB3007, Survivor Support & Trafficking Prevention Act: SB3007 provides survivors of human trafficking, torture, and other serious crimes with access to critical benefits while they are waiting for visas. It passed the House & Senate, and is heading to the Governor!
- HB1288, the Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights: HB1288 implements basic worker protections for domestic workers. It also passed the House & Senate, and goes to the Governor for his signature.
Our team also worked to pass several bills that expand employment opportunities for individuals with criminal records, including:
- Bills expanding opportunities for employment in park districts (SB3005) and schools (HB4360)
- A bill creating opportunities for individuals with criminal records to get their health care licenses (SB42)
The Budget Impasse
We are now in the 12th month without a state budget. Once again, elected officials failed to pass a budget before the end of the legislative session – meaning we now lack a budget for both FY2016 and FY2017.
We continue to participate in the Responsible Budget Coalition, calling for a fully-funded, responsible budget with adequate revenue. Read more about the devastating consequences of the budget impasse.
Shape our Priorities for Next Year!
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