Building on what has been a historic year in the state legislature, we had an extraordinarily busy and successful veto session this week in Springfield. Over the last two weeks, my colleagues and I worked extremely hard to pass legislation that continues to make our state a leader on equity, reproductive rights, and our response to the COVID pandemic. Here are a few of the highlights of the work we did as well as an important update on the state’s rental assistance program which is re-opening on November 8.
HB1291 - Congressional Maps
One of our primary tasks this veto session was to legislate boundaries for congressional districts as we are constitutionally required to do so every 10 years. I am proud to say we passed a historic map which for the first time ever creates two congressional districts that are Latinx influenced while preserving representation for other minority groups. This is a historic day for our state which recognizes the importance and impact of our growing and thriving Latinx communities.
HB1784 - Elected School Board Trailer
This summer I passed long awaited legislation to shift Chicago from an appointed school board to one that will be fully elected by 2026. One of the critical components of that legislation was a moratorium on school closures through this transition period from an appointed to an elected board. This veto session we passed legislation to ensure that this moratorium would be effective immediately to ensure that school closures will not be on the table at any time while we transition from an appointed board to a fully elected and representative school board.
HB2778 - Education Paid Covid leave
We also passed an important measure to protect educators during the COVID-19 pandemic. HB2788 provides COVID administrative leave for all school employees and guaranteed paycheck protection for non-instructional staff. Because of the bill, educators and school staff across our state will get paid time off when they or their children are forced to quarantine because of COVID illness or exposure. This time off will not impact an employee's earned sick leave.
HB370 - Parental Notification of Abortion Repeal
We continued our work to become one of the nation’s most progressive states on reproductive rights by repealing the Parental Notice of Abortion law. This was one of the remaining laws restricting access to reproductive care.
HB1769 Electric Vehicles
We passed legislation to incentivize the construction of electric vehicle manufacturing in our state. This was passed in collaboration with labor stakeholders to ensure that as this growing industry expands in our state, we will be creating good paying jobs for workers.
HB 2791 - Reimagine Public Safety
We also passed HB 2791, an update to the Reimagine Public Safety Act that will ensure that state resources to address gun violence will be targeted at the communities that are most in need of those resources. This includes Humboldt Park.
While we did not take further action on housing this veto session, earlier this week I joined Governor Pritzker to announce a new round of rental assistance through the Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA), which will be opening its application process on November 8. If your household or your tenant has experienced hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic, you may be eligible for rental assistance through IHDA or DHS. To see eligibility requirements and for the latest updates on the new program launching Nov 8, you can visit illinoisrentalassistance.org.
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Sept. 29, 2021 Luis Carrizales, Chief of Staff
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Continuing her work to make housing and community development a
top policy priority at the state level, State Representative Delia C. Ramirez (D-Chicago) has been appointed to serve on the State’s Housing Task Force and the newly formed State Designated Cultural Districts Advisory Committee. Rep. Ramirez was appointed to these roles earlier this month as the house representative designated by Speaker Emanuel “Chris” Welch.
The State Housing Task Force is charged with developing an annual Comprehensive Housing Plan that includes recommendations on State actions to promote affordable housing, and specific suggestions and options for local governments and municipalities. The Task Force is administered by the Illinois Housing Development Authority and is composed of 43 members including Government officials and housing experts from rural, suburban and urban areas from across the state.
“Housing is a human right. I am committed to protecting that right because everyone should be safely housed. The fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic has revealed what too many of us already knew, we are in a housing crisis. We will not have real economic recovery while people are being thrown out of their homes. Housing insecurity makes it more difficult for people to hold down jobs, support local businesses, and makes our communities less safe. Recovery from this pandemic depends on people having stable, secure and affordable housing options. I am grateful to be part of the State’s Housing Task Force charged with making sure we have a long term and comprehensive plan to respond to this crisis”
State Designated Cultural Districts are a new initiative that will be housed under the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. This initiative will help spur economic development in communities across the state by creating a state designation to help communities promote and preserve their unique cultural legacies. An Advisory Committee composed of government and community stakeholders will work with DCEO to implement this initiative.
“I was proud to sponsor legislation to create State Designated Cultural Districts and now I am excited to serve on the Advisory Committee for this new and innovative approach to community development and cultural preservation. Our state is rich with culturally diverse communities and we must do more to promote and preserve them. I am looking forward to partnering with DCEO on this endeavor as we develop new approaches to support community driven economic development.”
Statement… from State Representative Delia Ramirez
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June 16, 2021 Luis Carrizales, Chief of Staff
SPRINGFIELD, Ill – State Rep. Delia C. Ramirez, D-Chicago, releases the following statement on the passage of HB2908, which passed the House today and will create a path to a fully elected school board for Chicago Public Schools once signed into law.
“I am honored to celebrate legislating a path forward to a fully elected school board for Chicago Public Schools. This has been a long time coming and I am grateful to finally be able to deliver this to the overwhelming majority of Chicagoans who have supported this issue. While this bill is not perfect, as it does not have a timeline I would have wanted, it lays the foundation for a new day for Chicago Public Schools. It is time for CPS parents to finally have a democratic say in how their schools are run. They deserve the same rights that parents have in every other district in our state.
I want to thank Senator Martwick for his leadership in ushering this through the Senate and for laying the foundation for what we have accomplished today. I also want to thank Speaker Welch for his commitment to this issue and for making sure we came back to take this vote and finished this important work. I also recognize the critical work of parents who have organized for an elected school board. Thank you for fearlessly and tirelessly fighting for the schools your children deserve.
I am grateful to finally get this done and look forward to working collaboratively with all stakeholders to ensure a smooth transition until we have a fully elected school board elected in Nov 2026.”