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Manley Highlights Efforts to Protect Middle Class Families as Legislative Session Adjourns

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Natalie Manley

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – As the legislative session for the 101st General Assembly comes to a close, state Rep. Natalie Manley, D-Joliet, reflects on legislation passed by the General Assembly to help people in her district.  

“My job in Springfield is to make tough decisions that are going to benefit our community and the state as a whole. After years of feeling like we were just taking on water, this year we finally passed significant reforms that will help build a stronger middle class across the state,” said Manley.  “We passed a realistic, balanced budget that will absolutely control spending while paying down the enormous backlog of unpaid bills racked up by the previous administration.  This progress will allow for greater investments toward health care, education and services for our most vulnerable citizens.”

Manley’s focus this legislative session was to provide financial relief to middle class families. She was able to accomplish this by raising the minimum wage, taking steps to seriously overhaul the state’s property tax system eliminating double taxation on residents who live in Illinois and work out of state, working to close the wage gap for women and minorities, and passing a balanced budget that will address the backlog of unpaid bills that the failed Rauner administration’s left us to deal with. Manley also voted for the Fair Tax amendment which will provide tax relief to 99% of taxpayers in the 98th District if it’s enacted.

Manley also sponsored and passed legislation recommended by her very active legislative advisory committees. House Bill 3503, suggested by her Retirees Legislative Advisory committee will help make hearing aids more affordable by requiring insurance companies to help cover the cost. House Bill 2188, advocated by her Women’s Legislative Advisory Committee, to change the school physical form to include questions that will provide doctors with the opportunity to educate parents about the mental health of their children.

“While lawmakers passed legislation to address many issues facing our state, I am incredibly proud to have led efforts to pass legislation that came from members here in our community,” continued Manley. “Their expertise and input helped me to be a strong advocate for our local families while in Springfield.”

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Former GOP candidate for governor Jeanne Ives now seeking party nod to take on Democratic U.S. Rep. Sean Casten

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By Rick Pearson | Chicago Tribune

Former state Rep. Jeanne Ives of Wheaton, whose controversial campaign nearly upset incumbent Bruce Rauner in last year’s Republican primary for governor, filed papers Thursday setting up a primary battle for the right to challenge freshman Democratic U.S. Rep. Sean Casten of Downers Grove.

Ives’ candidacy for the 6th Congressional District pits her against Rauner’s former running mate, former Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti. It also creates the potential for a rematch of sorts featuring themes from the 2018 primary for governor, which Ives lost to Rauner by fewer than 22,100 votes.

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With just $9.72 in the bank, Democratic lawmaker from Naperville officially ends long-shot primary challenge to Sen. Dick Durbin

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By Rick Pearson | Chicago Tribune

Freshman Democratic state Rep. Anne Stava-Murray of Naperville has formally ended her long-shot bid to challenge three-term U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin in the March 2020 primary, documents filed with the Federal Election Commission show.

Stava-Murray, who announced her challenge to Durbin even before being sworn in to her state legislative seat, filed a termination notice for her federal campaign committee on Monday. She had only raised $175 since formalizing her candidacy — $150 from herself — and ended the second quarter of the year with a balance of $9.72.

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Naperville City Council takes first step toward opting out of the retail sale of recreational pot

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By Erin Hegarty | Naperville Sun

The Naperville City Council appears ready to say no the selling recreational marijuana in the city.

Members voted 5-4 Tuesday to direct staff to prepare the documentation needed to opt out of the retail sale of adult-use cannabis under the terms of the new state law, which goes into effect Jan. 1.

The vote came after public comment from more than 15 people, including two businesses that want permission to sell pot in the city and representatives from behavioral health centers who are opposed to it.

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