Dear Neighbors,

Last Thursday, June 1, 2023 from 6:30pm - 7:30pm, we held an End of Session Virtual Town Hall meeting! Those who attended heard from me and my team about legislative wins, budget updates, and upcoming outreach and district events. If you missed this town hall don’t worry! We will be hosting a Travelling Town Hall on Friday, June 16th at 6:30pm. It will take place at Spiteful Brewing Tap Room, 2024 W. Balmoral Ave, Chicago IL 60625.

For those who missed the event, or attended and wants to access what was shared, below is a copy of our presentation or you can watch this Town Hall Recording for a video link of the meeting.

Connecting with you, the constituents of the 7th District, is my top priority. I loved hearing your ideas, questions and concerns; and I cannot wait to hear from more of you in the future!

If you have any questions or concerns you would like to ask me before our next town hall, please feel free to reach out to my district staff by either calling 773-769-1717 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and someone will get back to you soon.

Sincerely,

Mike Simmons

State Senator | 7th District

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General Updates from Senator Mike Simmons

Dear Neighbor,

This week marks the last week of the First Session of the 103rd General Assembly and I am working hard to represent you in these final hours! Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to advocate for issues that are important to you such as affordable housing, education, reproductive health, access to health care, sensible gun violence prevention, environmental advocacy, equitable and safe transportation, cooperative housing, and so much more. Each and every one of your phone calls, voicemails, emails, one-on-ones, and drop-ins are important to me.

Below you will find detailed legislative updates which include many bills that are true examples of what co-governing looks like.

I am personally proud to share that my bill, SB1282, which will require private and government provided insurance policies to cover liver disease screenings for high-risk individuals, has passed both chambers and awaits the Governor’s signature. I worked on this bill for many months over two legislative sessions and was glad to get it over the finish line! It will save lives right here in the 7th District.

Another bill of mine, SB 2013, which will require any state-funded residential building to meet minimum standard of living conditions such as requiring accessible air-conditioning, is also heading to the Governor’s desk. Another housing bill SB1484, which establishes a cooperative housing fund, has passed both chambers, as well as SB2278 which will make our roads safer for motorists, pedestrians, cyclists, and public transit riders by removing rules that require roadways to accommodate semi-trucks.

Another bill SB1709 codifies a key requirement that two state agencies, Department of Human Services and the State Board of Education must provide technical assistance to K-12 schools lacking on-site mental health resources.

Lastly, I am excited that my bill, SB1892, to provide for auto-renewal of transit benefits for those living with disabilities and seniors has passed both chambers and also awaits the Governor’s signature. And my bill SB1864 that accelerates the timeline for the RTA public transit systems (including CTA, Metra, and Pace) to electrify their bus fleets was included in the transportation omnibus bill HB1392.

And just this week I filed SR294 which is a resolution that designates the month of May “Liver Diseases Awareness Month” in Illinois.

Additionally, 9 of my sponsored House bills have passed the Senate, and I have continued to fight for several appropriations and revenue bills. Read more about those below under legislative updates.

There is so much to share, so I encourage you to read all the good news below. I hope you will join me for my upcoming virtual end of session town hall next week on May 24th from 6:30-7:30pm. I am also looking forward to reconvening our People Legislative Council in early June, which will focus on individuals living with disabilities.

Last but not least, I’ll see you soon at upcoming district events, as well as our farmers markets, summer festivals, block parties, school events, and other community gatherings!

Sincerely,

Mike Simmons

State Senator | 7th District

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General Updates from Senator Mike Simmons

Dear Neighbor,

We just wrapped up a pivotal week in the State Senate! I am elated to announce that yesterday I passed out of the Senate the first bill in the country that outlaws local book banning in schools and libraries, putting our state on the right side of history and rejecting the hateful wave of punitive legislation and book bans we’re seeing in other states like Florida. My bill, SB689 (originally filed as SB1812), preempts local school boards, school districts, or library systems from banning books and includes specific protections for groups that have been targeted for erasure. As the first openly LGBTQ+ person to serve in the Illinois Senate, and as our district’s first Black senator, and as a person who cannot imagine living without books, this is especially important to me and to our communities here in the 7th district. After months of work on this bill, I am grateful for my colleague’s support of this legislation. You can see my live WGN-TV interview about the book banning bill here! Read more about SB689 and the 9 House bills I’m carrying in the Senate that passed out of committees below under legislative updates.

It’s also been a busy stretch in the district! Our office kicked off a series of new small business support initiatives beginning with a corridor walk visiting Asia on Argyle businesses last Friday, and we recently kicked off our monthly townhall series. Read on for more under community updates and news mentions below.

Sincerely,
Mike Simmons

State Senator | 7th District

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General Updates from Senator Mike Simmons

Dear Neighbor,

I hope this newsletter finds you well! I am proud to share that I have passed 9 bills out of the State Senate - bills that came directly from the advocacy and lived experiences of constituents like you. The bills cover a broad scope of issue areas including providing new protections for residents of affordable housing, new insurance benefits for preventative health screening for liver disease, new requirements for bike and pedestrian safety infrastructure improvements on state routes, and a one year pause on court-assessed fees, fines, and taxes for returning citizens. For full details on each of my 9 bills, please see Legislative Updates below. 

In addition to moving these bills, I toured a CTA bus garage on Chicago’s west side to see for myself the current storage and electric charging facilities used for buses. I have brought forth legislation, SB1864, that would accelerate the timeline for CTA and other Illinois transit agencies to bring online a fully electric bus fleet so we reduce harmful emissions and make our transit systems more sustainable. 

I also witnessed the signing of the Paid Leave for All Workers Act into law, joined a virtual White House Convening on Child Care Access and Affordability, actively participated in several legislative committee meetings, hosted refugee youth in the REACH program at our district office, honored International Trans Day of Visibility, and held a monthly virtual townhall this week. 

I also want to take a moment to lift up a key resource for our district. The Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity is now accepting applications for the Back to Business Grant. If you own a small business and have not received any pandemic-related funding previously, be sure to see if your small business is eligible and apply!

Stay tuned for more updates, and you can always follow along and track my bills (and other bills I’ve co-sponsored), at ILGA.gov.

Sincerely,

Mike Simmons

State Senator | 7th District

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