SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Environmental Council recognized State Sen. Linda Holmes as one of the General Assembly’s staunchest advocates for the environment in an announcement Thursday.

“Linda Holmes is a leader for the environment in Springfield,” said IEC Executive Director Jen Walling. “Senator Linda Holmes voted 100% of the time with the environmental community on seven pieces of key legislation. The IEC is honored by Linda Holmes’s dedication to Illinois’ environment and we look forward to working together in the future.”

In addition to sponsoring legislation that would have banned ivory sales in Illinois, Holmes also supported legislation to combat invasive plant species, protect an underground water source that feeds 15 Illinois counties and encourage better recycling of electronics by lowering local governments’ expenses in such efforts. Holmes also opposed legislation allowing the hunting of bobcats in Illinois.

“I appreciate the Illinois Environmental Council’s thanks, but I am even more thankful for their continued dedication to preserving the natural beauty and quality of life in our state for future generations,” Holmes said. “Being good stewards of the environment is a duty we cannot afford to ignore.”

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041213br0086rSPRINGFIELD — The governor signed a law today to crack down on unlicensed employment agencies, enacting a plan put forth by State Senator Linda Holmes and Attorney General Lisa Madigan.

“There are big businesses out there bending the rules and abusing workers in some of the lowest-paid jobs,” Holmes said. “I’m gratified for the opportunity to work with Attorney General Madigan to toughen enforcement and protect working men and women in Illinois.”

The law addresses regulations that have not seen substantive updates in decades and that currently provide inadequate tools for the Attorney General’s Office to enforce compliance.

Workers who have been placed by such unregulated agencies have alleged numerous instances of abuse at the hands of employers, including being made to work 6-day work weeks of 12-hour shifts to pay off referral fees. They have alleged being referred to jobs that pay below the minimum wage, being housed in crowded and substandard conditions and being denied medical treatment for on-the-job injuries.

“My office initiated this legislation after uncovering instances of low-income and immigrant workers being subject to dangerous and often illegal working conditions. They were placed in those conditions by employment agencies that were frequently operating without licenses,” Madigan said.

In addition to providing civil penalties for such violations, Senate Bill 1859 directs the Department of Labor to create and maintain a database of employment agencies with suspended or revoked licenses, requires employment agencies to keep records of their placements longer and provides whistleblower protection to employees who report misconduct.

Senate Bill 1859 was signed into law today and goes into effect on January 1, 2016.

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Senator Linda HolmesSPRINGFIELD — State Sen. Linda Holmes issued the following statement following a Wednesday vote in the Senate to restore funding and original entry requirements to the Child Care Assistance Program.

“Governor Rauner’s decision to roll back accessibility to the Child Care Assistance Program is harmful to families who are doing all they can to work and ensure their children are cared for,” Holmes said. “Delays in funding have already caused the closure of a day care center in my district earlier this year. We can’t tell our working families that it’s better to just stay home. That’s why I support this measure and call on the House to pass it.”

The legislation is Senate Bill 570. It proceeds to the House for consideration.

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Sen. Holmes joins Excel leaders to unveil their new printing machine

I was excited to join Excel Displays & Packaging to unveil a new printer that will put them on the cutting edge of custom packaging design. The only one of its kind in North America, the new printer will help them ramp up production and continue to be a cutting edge company right here in Aurora.

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Linda Holmes

State Senator, 42nd Senate District

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