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SPRINGFIELD – To make our roads safer for pedestrians, cyclists, and riders of public transit, State Senator Mike Simmons passed a measure today requiring the Illinois Department of Transportation to make bike and pedestrian safety improvements to non-highway roadways under its jurisdiction whenever routine maintenance is being done on those roads.

“Biking along a path or road can be stressful enough when worrying about oncoming cards, especially for parents biking with their children,” said Simmons (D-Chicago). “This initiative will help ensure bike and pedestrian safety improvements are completed in tandem with routine work such as pothole or street lighting repairs.”

“Our state is moving ahead in embracing complete streets statewide, ensuring cyclists, pedestrians, and riders of public transit can use roadways safely while commuting, exercising, or just getting some time outdoors,” said Simmons. “This legislation will reduce traffic violence and save lives while making our roadways and their peripheries more livable, more safe, and more accessible for multiple modes of transportation.”

Senate Bill 2014 requires the Illinois Department of Transportation to develop a policy which ensures the safety of pedestrians and cyclists on roadways in Illinois. The policy will require that improvements — such as high-visibility signage, crosswalk upgrades, curb bump outs, barrier-protected bike lanes and bus shelters — are made during routine maintenance and within 1,000 feet of the maintenance work to any state roads located within a municipality.

“More and more people are choosing greener forms of transportation, choosing to bike or walk to get to work, run errands, and other activities. This bill builds on the recent MOU signed by IDOT and CDOT and expands road improvements at scale so that other municipalities can benefit from these infrastructure upgrades,” said Simmons. SB2014 is part of a larger package of transportation bills Simmons has introduced this session that aims to provide all travelers with one of the safest, most accessible, and sustainable transit ecosystems in the country.

Senate Bill 2014 passed the Senate and now heads to the House for consideration.

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SPRINGFIELD – To help returning citizens reintegrate successfully into their communities and reduce recidivism, State Senator Mike Simmons passed legislation in the Senate on Thursday.

“I am dedicated to serving all 7th District constituents, which includes returning citizens,” said Simmons (D-Chicago). “Everyone deserves the opportunity to establish stability in their life and take care of basic human needs, such as finding gainful employment, housing, and healthcare before owing fees from prior criminal proceedings.”

Senate Bill 2175 prohibits courts from ordering the payment of outstanding fees, fines, taxes or any costs arising from criminal proceedings for the first year after a person returns from incarceration. Currently, Illinois does not have a law striking fees for a certain amount of days post-confinement. However, under the Unified Code of Corrections, the court may revoke a fine if good cause is shown.

“Successful rehabilitation means giving returning citizens practical support as they reintegrate into the community,” Simmons said. “This bill does not erase fees, but rather provides a reasonable amount of time to help break the cruel cycle where returning citizens are expected to pay back fees with savings they may not have.”

Senate Bill 2175 passed the Senate and now heads to the House for further consideration.

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032223CM0333SPRINGFIELD – In May 2022, three residents of a Rogers Park senior living complex tragically died of suspected heat exhaustion. In direct response to this tragedy and to improve the quality of life for current affordable housing residents, State Senator Mike Simmons advanced Senate Bill 2013 out of the Senate on Thursday. 

“Residents of affordable housing deserve the same respect and care afforded to everyone in an environment that is safe, accessible, clean, and provided with proper cooling and heating systems,” said Simmons (D-Chicago). “This bill will hold housing providers accountable in making sure our neighbors, both in the 7th district and across the state, live in safe, humane housing.” 

Senate Bill 2013 requires any residential building that is state-funded to meet minimum standard of living conditions to continue receiving funding from the program.

The measure would require specific air-conditioning and heating provisions to be included in all state-funded affordable housing. Air-conditioning must be operating when the heat index exceeds 80 degrees and must be operable by residents. It also clarifies language in regards to maintenance, upkeep and laundry access.

“It was a senseless tragedy to lose three beloved members of our community. No one should live in a home that is too cold in the winter and sweltering in the summer,” said Simmons. “It is a basic human right to live in safe, accessible, and clean environments, with air-conditioning, heating, working laundry machines and basic maintenance provisions.”

Senate Bill 2013 passed the Senate and now heads to the House for further consideration.  

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030923KP0520rSPRINGFIELD – To expand coverage of preventative screenings for liver disease, State Senator Mike Simmons advanced legislation from the Senate Insurance Committee on Tuesday.

“The best chance at fighting any disease is early detection,” said Simmons (D-Chicago). “This bill will provide liver disease screenings to people who need them, regardless of their health insurer status. Identifying liver disease early improves long-term health outcomes, especially for those most at-risk.”

Senate Bill 1282 requires Medicaid, private insurance plans and government employee insurance plans to cover preventative screenings for liver disease for individuals who are at high risk for liver disease. These screenings may occur every six months, and plans will be prohibited from imposing a deductible, coinsurance, co-payment or any other cost-sharing requirement.

According to the CDC, in 2021, 56,585 adults in the U.S. died from liver disease, making it the ninth leading cause of death.

“Our goal is to improve health outcomes for people who are both underinsured and at-risk for liver disease, especially those who struggle with substance abuse and addiction,” Simmons said. “The cost of any screening should never be a reason to forgo care. At the end of the day, this bill is about preventing avoidable deaths by providing equitable preventive healthcare.”

Senate Bill 1282 passed out of the Senate Insurance Committee Tuesday and awaits further consideration.

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