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SPRINGFIELD – Legislation to streamline the process of appointing a guardian for those children whose parents have been taken into federal immigration custody under an initiative by State Senator Ram Villivalam that passed the Senate today.

"Now more than ever, it is our duty at the state level to support immigrant families devastated by the White House's xenophobic immigration policies," Villivalam (D-Chicago) said. "We need to do whatever is in our power to give parents and guardians at risk of detention or deportation peace of mind. They should have the power to choose who will care for their children should they be forcibly separated, ensuring their children are being taken care of in a safe, nurturing environment. It's the least we can do.”

HB 836 would allow a court to proceed on an appointment of a guardian of a minor if the parents are unable to give consent to the appointment. The appointee would be allowed to extend their guardianship for 365 days, if the administrative separation is ongoing. The petition for the appointment must include information about the case including the time of separation and the known location of the parents.

This legislation awaits the governor’s signature to become law.

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SPRINGFIELD – Legislation that would increase the availability of baby changing facilities in public buildings passed the Senate Public Health Committee today.

State Senator Ram Villivalam is the chief sponsor of this initiative.

“There are a number of challenges that young families face today,” Villivalam (D-Skokie) said. “This legislation aims to remove one of these challenges by ensuring that parents, regardless of gender, have more access to a baby changing station and can provide important care for their children.”

HB 3711 would ensure that all public restrooms in a public buildings have baby changing stations that are physically safe, sanitary, and usable. In addition, signage outside the entrance to restrooms where the baby changing station is located would be required.

The legislation will be heard before the Senate in the coming weeks.

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SPRINGFIELD – Legislation to lower fees for teenagers who seek a duplicate copy of their state issued ID passed the Senate Transportation Committee yesterday.
State Senator Ram Villivalam is the sponsor of this initiative.

“For safety purposes, it is important for young people to have a form of identification on them at all times,” Villivalam (D-Chicago) said. “It’s my hope that with this fee reduction it will encourage more of them to obtain their ID card and ensure all have access, regardless of socioeconomic status.”

HB 808 reduces the fee for original, renewal and duplicated Illinois ID cards for teenagers to $5 from $10.

This legislation will be heard before the Senate in the coming weeks.

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SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Ram Villivalam introduced legislation yesterday that would ensure state contractors will receive payments for their work in a timely manner.

“With this legislation we’re trying to make the payment process as seamless and transparent as possible,” Villivalam (D-Chicago) said. “By taking advantage of an electronic payment system and implementing a database of those contractors who are owed money from the state we will be able to meet those aspirations.”

Senate Bill 104 would require that subcontractors be paid within seven business days after the prime contractor receives payment, as the overwhelming majority of prime contractors receive electronic payments from the state, reducing the need for time when the subcontractors are waiting to be paid their share for work already performed.

Further, IDOT would be required to publish on its website a searchable database containing the names of subcontractors or what is owed to subcontractors for each pay period, ensuring transparency and accessibility in the payment process.

This legislation now moves to the House for consideration.

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