Springfield, IL – State Senator Linda Holmes (D-Aurora) released the following statement on Senate Bill 1.

“This bill is fundamentally flawed and simply unconstitutional,” Holmes said.  “I worked out a proposal with our unions.  That measure passed the Senate with overwhelming support.  I stand by our teachers and prison guards and other people who spent their lives serving the people of Illinois.”

Click below to listen to Senator Holmes floor speech regarding Senate Bill 1.

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The Senate recently introduced and passed a union coalition supported pension proposal. Since the Senate passage of this legislation, many questions have arisen. Here are the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions regarding Senate Bill 2404.

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Following is a summary of key federal disaster aid programs that can be made available as needed and warranted under President Obama's disaster declaration issued for the State of Illinois.

Assistance for Affected Individuals and Families Can Include as Required:

Rental payments for temporary housing for those whose homes are unlivable. Initial assistance may be provided for up to three months for homeowners and at least one month for renters. Assistance may be extended if requested after the initial period based on a review of individual applicant requirements. (Source: FEMA funded and administered.)

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030613br0480rSPRINGFIELD – State Senator Linda Holmes (D-Aurora) released the following statement after the Senate approved her pension reform proposal.

“If nothing changes we will continue to see teacher layoffs and deep cuts in state services.  Over the past year, President Cullerton and I have worked closely with unions to draft a bill that addresses this issue in a meaningful way. Harsh cuts to vital state services such as education, health care, human services and public safety will result if we don’t address our pension issue,” Holmes said.

“This plan addresses our pension funding crisis in a way that is fair to our public employees, like teachers and police officers. It generates approximately $46 billion in savings for Illinois and creates a pension funding guarantee to prevent funding shortages from happening in the future.”

For an in-depth look at Senate Bill 2404, please click here.

Click below to hear Senator Holmes discussing Senate Bill 2404 on the Senate floor:

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