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August 27, 2019

Pritzker Signs Bill Requiring Illinois Schools Teach LGBT History

Beginning next year, Illinois schools will be required to include the positive contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals in their history curriculum.  Under a bill signed last week by Governor J.B. Pritzker, public schools in the state must include LGBT individuals in history lessons, and use textbooks that include the roles of people protected under the state’s Human …

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March 20, 2019

Better funding for mental health services proposed

Two lawmakers, Rep. Deb Conroy (D-Villa Park) and Sen. Heather Steans (D-Chicago), are sponsoring legislation – House Bill 2486 and Senate Bill 1673 – that would ramp up state mental health funding and change the funding structure to incentivize good results over flat service fees. “Thousands of Illinois families … are victims of our mental health crisis,” Conroy, who heads …

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March 20, 2019

Illinois Medicaid officials vow to improve services

Sen. Heather Steans, a Chicago Democrat who chairs the committee, was among the group of lawmakers who pushed for shifting to a managed-care model for Medicaid. But she said Tuesday that there have been signs the new model isn’t working as planned, and that the MCOs have actually been controlling costs by denying claims. “The history we’ve had with the …

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March 19, 2019

Grateful That Senator Steans Is Doing Something

Thank you for publishing an article in your paper on March 7 by Grant Morgan about how our state is failing to provide funding or staff to help prevent suicides in Illinois. I am grateful to know that at least one senator is doing something about our lack of action.  Chicago Senator Heather Steans is sponsoring legislation which all of …

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