puppies 083021SPRINGFIELD – A measure to compel pet stores to get their animals from animal shelters or animal control facilities, co-sponsored by Senator Linda Holmes (D-Aurora), was signed into law by Gov. JB Pritzker Friday.  This new law bans the sale of pets from unscrupulous breeders and puppy mills in pet stores, and instead provide shelter or rescue animals who need loving homes.

“Unfortunately many consumers don’t know a major source for pet stores are puppy mill animals from unscrupulous breeders whose breeding practices result in sick and sometimes terminally ill animals,” Holmes said. “I’m proud to have helped push legislation on a pet store business model that has been growing across the U.S., where they feature animals from local shelters or rescue groups.”

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aurora library 082621AURORA – Patrons of the Aurora Public Library and Messenger Public Library of North Aurora will soon see upgrades to their services thanks to $317,626 in grants, State Senator Linda Holmes (D-Aurora) announced Wednesday.

“Of course, libraries provide us with books and movies – but now they also provide technology, resources and education,” Holmes said. “We rely on technology for work, school and everyday life, and our libraries step up to help – especially for people who may live in low-income areas.”

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Fire EMTs MRSA 082021SPRINGFIELD – The governor has signed into law Senator Linda Holmes’ (D-Aurora) legislation to expand workers’ compensation for firefighters and EMTs to cover MRSA infection that poses a particularly high risk to first responders.

House Bill 3662 amends the Workers’ Compensation Act. It presumes that these professionals would be exposed to MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) in the course of their employment.

“The job of a firefighter or EMT includes administering up-close care to people who may be MRSA carriers or infected with MRSA,” Holmes said. “This puts first responders at increased risk for MRSA contamination—it’s common sense that a MRSA infection should be covered under workers’ compensation policies.”

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Holmes Women Leaders 2ND Panel FlyerAurora, Ill. - Assistant Senate Majority Leader Linda Holmes (D-Aurora) will host the second in a series of panel discussions with a variety of women who serve in leadership positions dubbed “Women Who Lead.”

The second panel discussion will be held via Facebook Live on @SenatorLindaHolmes. Panelists will discuss how women can grow within an organization, thrive in a male-dominated field and balance their personal and professional lives. It will include these inspiring leaders in a conversation on the challenges and successes of leading as a woman:

  • Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza
  • State Senator Rachelle Crowe, 56th District
  • State Senator Suzy Glowiak Hilton, 24th District

“I’m particularly excited to welcome Comptroller Mendoza along with my two Senate colleagues, and encourage everyone to tune in. This will be my Facebook page, @SenatorLindaHolmes, on August 24 at 5:00 pm,” Holmes said. “I know these Women who Lead panelists will provide a lot of insight about their experiences serving in leadership roles at the level of state government.”

Media are welcome to watch as well.

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