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New Stadelman law protects patients from missing vital medications




For Immediate Release: August 31, 2017
                                                                                                                    
New Stadelman law protects patients from missing vital medications

Illinois pharmacists now have the discretion to dispense vital medication to patients when a refill isn't immediately available through a doctor under a law signed by Gov. Bruce Rauner.

Stadelman discussed the legislation at a news conference Thursday at the University of Illinois College of Pharmacy in Rockford. Senate Bill 1790 gives pharmacists the ability to refill a doctor's prescription in emergencies when the pharmacist believes disrupting medication would harm the patient. 

Joining Stadelman for the announcement was his son Nikolas, a Type 1 diabetic whose close call while on a family vacation at Yellowstone National Park provided the impetus for the legislation. Nikolas Stadelman, a Guilford High School sophomore who was 13 at the time, recounted how he coped without insulin for 36 hours when his parents' best efforts to refill his prescription over the weekend were unsuccessful.

"I swam and did push-ups to try to lower my blood sugar," he said. "I know I'm not the only one who has gone through an emergency like this."




Stadelman praised the Illinois Medical Society and Illinois Pharmacy Association for helping draft legislation that addressed industry concerns and put patients' interests first and spare others the worry and possible medical jeopardy of going without critical prescriptions. Safeguards in the new law include:
  • Emergency refills only can be issued at a pharmacy that has previously dispensed a prescription for the same patient and same medicine.
  • Pharmacists must determine that a disruption of the medicine would be medically harmful or painful for the patient.
  • Controlled substances are excluded and refills cannot be issued for a period longer than 30 days.
"Pharmacists are essential members of the patient's health-care team," said Garrett Reynolds, a practicing pharmacist and association executive director. "SB1790 recognizes the pharmacist's vital contribution in the patient-pharmacist-physician partnership."

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Join our fight to stand up for Illinois families! – Frerichs for Illinois


Dear Friend, 
With a stroke of a pen, Governor Rauner chose to side with life insurance companies instead of grieving widows and orphans.
Governor Rauner vetoed House Bill 302, which is an initiative of my office to ensure people are put before corporate profits.
House Bill 302 will require life insurance companies to search their computer files to identify policies that have not been paid to the rightful beneficiaries going back to the year 2000.  Through audits my office found over $550 million owed to Illinois residents that insurance companies had not paid.  Insurance companies representing 80 percent of the market have already done the right thing and paid what their records show that they owe.
We are in a fierce battle with the last 20 percent of insurers. Some of these companies told the Federal Securities and Exchange Commission that paying beneficiaries would cut into their profits and force them to change their business model. 
Working families across Illinois are owed millions of dollars from life insurance companies, yet Governor Rauner is trying to deny those families the money that is owed to them.
I will continue to fight corporate interests who try to shirk their responsibilities.
 
Sincerely,
              
 

Shame on you, Governor – Illinois Senate Democrats


Friend,

Last Friday, while most hard working Illinoisans were preparing for a well-deserved weekend, Gov. Rauner used his veto power to block a trio of bills designed to make Illinois a better place to work and live.

With the stroke of a pen, Rauner showed his support for keeping low wage employees in poverty, keeping recent graduates in debt, and enabling employers to continue discriminatory policies against women.

Plain and simple; Bruce Rauner will always be on the side of billionaire CEO's and big banks, not the working people. 

The Illinois Senate Democrats proudly stand for a $15/hour minimum wage, student loan reform, and gender pay equality. Chip in $15 to show Bruce Rauner and his billionaire buddies whose side you're on -- 


Hard working people who have been left behind need a raise, student borrowers deserve to know their rights, and women shouldn't be penalized for the sins of their previous employers.



- Illinois Senate Democrats

Senate Democratic Caucus Events: Summer 2017


Hello everyone! Here is a list of our upcoming events. 

Thursday, August 31st, 8:30am- 10:00am
Senator Linda Holmes Annual Labor Breakfast
Painters District Council 30, 1905 Sequoia Drive, Suite 201, Aurora, IL 60506
Ticket: $250
Sponsorships: $500 | $1000 | $2500 | $5000
Please make checks payable to: Citizens for Linda Holmes, P.O. Box 6374, Aurora, IL 60598
 
Wednesday, September 6th, 5:30pm-8:30 pm 
Senator Mattie Hunter's 3rd Annual Soiree & Fashion Show
Hubbard Inn, 110 W. Hubbard Street, Chicago, IL 60654
Sponsorship: $125| $250| $500 | $1000
Please make checks payable to Friends of Senator Mattie Hunter, P.O. Box 439430, Chicago, I L 60643
 
Monday, September 11th -- New sponsorship levels
Senator Toi Hutchinson's 8th Annual Golf Outing
Olympia Fields Country Club, Olympia Fields, IL
11:30 am Registration and Lunch, 1 pm Shotgun Start, 5:30 pm Cocktails
Foursome: $2,500 | Single Golfer: $650 | Cocktail reception only: $100
Sponsorships: Tournament $10,000 | Hole in One $5000 | Eagle $3000 | Birdie $1000 | Hole $250
Please make checks payable to Friends of Toi Hutchinson, PO Box 101, Steger, IL 60475
 
Monday, September 11th - 5:30-7:30 PM
Senator Julie Morrison Re-Election Kickoff
Italian Kitchen, 648 Deerfield Rd, Deerfield, IL 60015
Tickets: $35
Sponsorships: $100 | $250 | $500 | $1,000
Please make checks payable to: Julie Morrison for State Senate, P.O. Box 646, Deerfield, IL 60015
 
Tuesday, September 12th
Senator Melinda Bush's Annual Golf Outing
Brae Loch Golf Club, 33600 N US Hwy 45, Grayslake, IL
11:00 AM Check in, 12:00 PM Shotgun Start
Individual Golfer: $250 
Sponsorships: $5,000, $2,500, $1,000, $500, $250
Please make checks payable to Friends of Melinda Bush, 240 N Lake St, Grayslake, IL 60030 
 
Wednesday, September 13th, 5:30-7:30 pm
Senator Scott Bennett Danville Event
Turtle Run Golf Club, 332 E. Liberty Lane, Danville, IL
Individual: $35 Couple: $50
Sponsorships: $2500, $1000, $500, $250
Please make checks payable to Bennett for Senate, PO Box 1383, Champaign, IL 61824
 
Friday, September 15th
Senator Andy Manar's Annual Golf Outing
Timber Lakes Golf Course, 3120 Forrest Lake Lane, Staunton, IL
$340 per team, Sponsorships:  $5000, $2500, $1000, $500
Please make checks payable to Friends of Manar, PO Box 5509, Springfield, IL 62705
 
Sunday, September 17th, 6:30 pm -- Just added
Ed Sheeran Concert with Senator Scott Bennett & Senator Andy Manar
Scott Trade Center, 1401 Clark Ave., St. Louis, MO
Tickets: $1000
Please make checks payable to Bennett for Senate, PO Box 1383, Champaign, IL 61824 and/or Friends of Andy Manar, PO Box W, Bunker Hill, IL 62014
 
Monday, September 18th
Senator Pat McGuire's Golf Outing
8:30 registration, 9:30 shotgun start, 2:30 lunch
Joliet Country Club, 1009 Spencer Road, Joliet, IL 60433
Individual Golfer: $300
Sponsorships: $5,000 | $3,000 | $250
Foursome: $1,200 | Meal Only: $75
Please make checks payable to McGuire for Senate, P.O. Box 2185, Joliet, IL 60434
 
Wednesday, September 20th, 12pm
Senator Terry Link 2017 Golf Day
Beverly Country Club, 87th & Western Ave, Chicago, IL 
12:00pm Lunch, 1:30pm Tee Off
Individual Golfer: $1500
Sponsorships: $5000, $2500, $1000
Please make checks payable to: Friends of Terry Link, 1280 Streamwood Ln. Vernon Hills, 60061
RSVP required: carly@ilsenatedems.org or (309)-339-8341
 
Thursday, September 21st, 5:30-7:30 pm
Senate President John Cullerton and the Senate Majority Caucus
Harry Caray's, 2nd Floor, 33 W. Kinzie, Chicago, IL 60654
Tickets: $250, Young Professional: $50
Sponsorships: Platinum $25,000, Gold $15,000, Silver $10,000, Bronze $5,000
Please make checks payable to Illinois Senate Democratic Victory Fund, 1 N. LaSalle, Ste. 2065, Chicago, IL 60602
We hope you'll join Senator Harmon for the afterparty at Fitzgerald's Night Club.
 
Thursday, September 21st, 7:30 pm
Senator Don Harmon & The Special Session
FitzGerald's Night Club, 6615 W. Roosevelt Rd., Berwyn, IL
$5,000 | $2500 | $500 | $300 | $100
Please make checks payable to Friends of Don Harmon, 6941-A W. North Ave., Oak Park, IL 60302
 
Tuesday, September 26
Senator Iris Martinez Annual Golf Classic
Gleneagles Country Club, 13070 McCarthy Rd, Lemont, IL 60439
Check in & continental breakfast: 7:30 am
Shotgun start: 9:00 am
Buffet luncheon & cash bar: 2:30 pm
Sponsorships: Event sponsor $4000 | Snack at the turn sponsor $3000 | Hole sponsor $250
Golf foursome $1000 | Foursome with hole sponsorship $1200 | Golf individual $250 | Luncheon only $75
 
Tuesday, September 26th, 5:30-7:00 pm-- Just added
Senator Tom Cullerton Birthday Fundraiser
Paddy O'Fegan's, 204 N. Halsted St, Chicago, IL
Young Professional: $50 | Individual: $100
Sponsorships: $250, $500, $1,000, $2,500
Please make checks payable to: Friends of Tom Cullerton, P.O. Box 7304, Villa Park, IL 60181
 
Tuesday, September 26th 2017- 5:30pm-8:00pm -- Just added
Senator Emil Jones III, Mardi Gras in September
Heaven on Seven- 111 North Wabash Ave. Chicago, IL 60602
Individual Tickets: $ 250 |Sponsorship:$5,000|$2,500|$1,500|$500
Please make check payable to:
Friends of Emil Jones III, 11357 South Lowe, Chicago, IL 60628
RSVP: Roslyn@ilsenatedems.org or (708)369-0293
 
Thursday, October 5th
Senate President John J. Cullerton Golf Outing
Lunch 12:00 pm, Tee off 1:15 pm
Edgewood Valley Country Club, 7500 Willow Springs Road, LaGrange, IL 60525
$2500 per golfer
Please make checks payable to Citizens for Cullerton, 1 N. LaSalle, Ste. 2065, Chicago, IL 60602
RSVP: Liz@ilsenatedems.org or 312-630-7700
 
Friday, October 6, 7:00 PM -- Just added
Senator Michael E. Hastings Birthday Celebration
Odyssey Country Club 19110 Ridgeland Ave, Tinley Park
Dress: Great Gatsby Attire
$40 per person
Sponsorships: Ol' Sport $250, Copper Tycoon Sponsor $500, Daisy Buchanan Sponsor $1,000, Jay Gatsby Sponsor $2,500
Please make checks payable to Citizens for Michael E Hastings, P.O. Box 162, Tinley Park, IL 60477
 
Wednesday, October 18th, 5:30-7:30 pm -- Just added
Senator Steve Stadelman 
Pig Minds Brewing, 4080 Steele Dr, Machesney Park, IL
Tickets: $50
Sponsorships: $250, $500, $1,000, $2,500
Please make checks payable to: Stadelman for State Senate, P.O. Box 1551, Rockford, IL 61110
 

Save the Date
 
October 26
Jazzin' with Senator Toi Hutchinson
Details forthcoming
 
November 2
Bingo Night with Senator Jennifer Bertino Tarrant and Representative Natalie Manley
Details forthcoming
 
Questions? Email Lexie@ilsenatedems.org.

Voting rights at risk – Tammy Duckworth




One of the most significant milestones in our nation's journey to equality was the passage of Voting Rights Act.

This journey was not an easy one. For decades, African Americans were subjected to widespread voter intimidation efforts and laws designed to keep them from the polls. But they refused to accept injustice.

Civil rights activists organized protests and courageously endured unspeakable acts of violence by those who wanted to disenfranchise them. Then in 1965, African Americans' heroic activism ushered in change.

President Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act, which outlawed discriminatory voting practices and put protections in place to stop any attempts at discrimination in the future.

It's been 52 years since the Voting Rights Act became law. Yet sadly, we still can't take this fundamental right for granted. In 2013, the Supreme Court gutted a key protection in the Voting Rights Act.

Congress has the power to restore it, but President Trump has made it clear to his party that addressing voter suppression is not a priority. Instead, President Trump and his commission on "election integrity" prefer to investigate made-up claims of voter fraud. He wants to give the GOP justification for passing restrictive voting laws that unfairly target minorities.

Generations of civil rights activists risked their lives to secure the right to vote for all Americans. As a Veteran, I fought to defend this country and the democratic principles it was built on. We can't let our efforts be undermined.

Vow to speak out against any efforts to restrict access to the polls. Support Americans' right to vote.

Thank you,
Tammy

Wallace Bill to Establish Task Force on Opportunities for At-Risk Women Now Law



News…                    

                                           From State Representative Litesa Wallace                      
 For Immediate Release:                                                                                            
 
 
Wallace Bill to Establish Task Force on Opportunities for At-Risk Women Now Law
                                                                                      
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Legislation sponsored by state Rep. Litesa Wallace, D-Rockford, to require appointments be made to the Task Force on Opportunities for At-Risk Women was signed into law on Thursday.

"This task force will review ways to improve the lives of at-risk women from around the state, as well suggest legislative ideas that can improve the well-being of women," Wallace said. "There are a number of underlying challenges these women face, and we have to do a better job of giving every resident the opportunity they deserve."

House Bill 457 mandates that appointments be made to the task force within 60 days of its passage into law, and will require the group to meet quarterly. The task force will focus on at-risk women, who are defined as individuals at greater risk due to the factors of poverty, abuse, addiction, financial challenges, illiteracy and other causes. Task force members will be charged with reviewing ways that state policy can affect these factors. Members of the review group will be appointed by the governor, legislative leaders and state agency leads.

"I appreciate the bipartisan support this measure received," Wallace said. "We need to prioritize our most vulnerable and give them a voice to improve their lives."

For more information, please contact Wallace's constituent service office at 815-987-7433 or at litesa@staterepwallace.com.
 
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IL Senate Democratic Caucus Events: Summer 2017


Hello everyone! Here is a list of our upcoming events. 

Thursday, August 24th, 6:00-8:00 pm
Senator Laura Murphy Bowling Night
Strike Ten Lanes and Lounge
800 East Nerge Road, Roselle, IL 60172
Tickets: Spectator $40, Single Bowler $50, Team of Four $150
Sponsorships: $250 $500 $1000 $2500 $5000
Please make checks payable to Citizens for Laura M. Murphy, PO Box 13, Des Plaines, IL 60016
 
Thursday, August 31st, 8:30am- 10:00am
Senator Linda Holmes Annual Labor Breakfast
Painters District Council 30, 1905 Sequoia Drive, Suite 201, Aurora, IL 60506
Ticket: $250
Sponsorships: $500 | $1000 | $2500 | $5000
Please make checks payable to: Citizens for Linda Holmes, P.O. Box 6374, Aurora, IL 60598
 
Wednesday, September 6th, 5:30pm-8:30 pm 
Senator Mattie Hunter's 3rd Annual Soiree & Fashion Show
Hubbard Inn, 110 W. Hubbard Street, Chicago, IL 60654
Sponsorship: $125| $250| $500 | $1000
Please make checks payable to Friends of Senator Mattie Hunter, P.O. Box 439430, Chicago, I L 60643
 
Monday, September 11th -- New sponsorship levels
Senator Toi Hutchinson's 8th Annual Golf Outing
Olympia Fields Country Club, Olympia Fields, IL
11:30 am Registration and Lunch, 1 pm Shotgun Start, 5:30 pm Cocktails
Foursome: $2,500 | Single Golfer: $650 | Cocktail reception only: $100
Sponsorships: Tournament $10,000 | Hole in One $5000 | Eagle $3000 | Birdie $1000 | Hole $250
Please make checks payable to Friends of Toi Hutchinson, PO Box 101, Steger, IL 60475
 
Monday, September 11th - 5:30-7:30 PM -- Just added
Senator Julie Morrison Re-Election Kickoff
Italian Kitchen, 648 Deerfield Rd, Deerfield, IL 60015
Tickets: $35
Sponsorships: $100 | $250 | $500 | $1,000
Please make checks payable to: Julie Morrison for State Senate, P.O. Box 646, Deerfield, IL 60015
 
Tuesday, September 12th
Senator Melinda Bush's Annual Golf Outing
Brae Loch Golf Club, 33600 N US Hwy 45, Grayslake, IL
11:00 AM Check in, 12:00 PM Shotgun Start
Individual Golfer: $250 
Sponsorships: $5,000, $2,500, $1,000, $500, $250
Please make checks payable to Friends of Melinda Bush, 240 N Lake St, Grayslake, IL 60030 
 
Wednesday, September 13th, 5:30-7:30 pm -- Details added
Senator Scott Bennett Danville Event
Turtle Run Golf Club, 332 E. Liberty Lane, Danville, IL
Individual: $35 Couple: $50
Sponsorships: $2500, $1000, $500, $250
Please make checks payable to Bennett for Senate, PO Box 1383, Champaign, IL 61824
 
Friday, September 15th
Senator Andy Manar's Annual Golf Outing
Timber Lakes Golf Course, 3120 Forrest Lake Lane, Staunton, IL
$340 per team, Sponsorships:  $5000, $2500, $1000, $500
Please make checks payable to Friends of Manar, PO Box 5509, Springfield, IL 62705
 
Monday, September 18th
Senator Pat McGuire's Golf Outing
8:30 registration, 9:30 shotgun start, 2:30 lunch
Joliet Country Club, 1009 Spencer Road, Joliet, IL 60433
Individual Golfer: $300
Sponsorships: $5,000 | $3,000 | $250
Foursome: $1,200 | Meal Only: $75
Please make checks payable to McGuire for Senate, P.O. Box 2185, Joliet, IL 60434
 
Wednesday, September 20th, 12pm
Senator Terry Link 2017 Golf Day
Beverly Country Club, 87th & Western Ave, Chicago, IL 
12:00pm Lunch, 1:30pm Tee Off
Individual Golfer: $1500
Sponsorships: $5000, $2500, $1000
Please make checks payable to: Friends of Terry Link, 1280 Streamwood Ln. Vernon Hills, 60061
RSVP required: carly@ilsenatedems.org or (309)-339-8341
 
Thursday, September 21st, 5:30-7:30 pm
Senate President John Cullerton and the Senate Majority Caucus
Harry Caray's, 2nd Floor, 33 W. Kinzie, Chicago, IL 60654
Tickets: $250, Young Professional: $50
Sponsorships: Platinum $25,000, Gold $15,000, Silver $10,000, Bronze $5,000
Please make checks payable to Illinois Senate Democratic Victory Fund, 1 N. LaSalle, Ste. 2065, Chicago, IL 60602
We hope you'll join Senator Harmon for the afterparty at Fitzgerald's Night Club.
 
Thursday, September 21st, 7:30 pm
Senator Don Harmon & The Special Session
FitzGerald's Night Club, 6615 W. Roosevelt Rd., Berwyn, IL
$5,000 | $2500 | $500 | $300 | $100
Please make checks payable to Friends of Don Harmon, 6941-A W. North Ave., Oak Park, IL 60302
 
Tuesday, September 26
Senator Iris Martinez Annual Golf Classic
Gleneagles Country Club, 13070 McCarthy Rd, Lemont, IL 60439
Check in & continental breakfast: 7:30 am
Shotgun start: 9:00 am
Buffet luncheon & cash bar: 2:30 pm
Sponsorships: Event sponsor $4000 | Snack at the turn sponsor $3000 | Hole sponsor $250
Golf foursome $1000 | Foursome with hole sponsorship $1200 | Golf individual $250 | Luncheon only $75
 
Thursday, October 5th
Senate President John J. Cullerton Golf Outing
Lunch 12:00 pm, Tee off 1:15 pm
Edgewood Valley Country Club, 7500 Willow Springs Road, LaGrange, IL 60525
$2500 per golfer
RSVP: Liz@ilsenatedems.org or 312-630-7700
 

Save the Date
 
October 26
Jazzin' with Senator Toi Hutchinson
Details forthcoming
 
November 2
Bingo Night with Senator Jennifer Bertino Tarrant and Representative Natalie Manley
Details forthcoming
 
Questions? Email Lexie@ilsenatedems.org.
 

News From Senator Stadelman – HoopStars moves to Sports Factory





August 20, 2017
For Immediate Release                                                                                              
           
HoopStars moves to Sports Factory
Premiere venue offers quicker pace for tourney and room to grow
 
ROCKFORD – State Senator Steve Stadelman is again expanding his popular Labor Day basketball tournament, this time by moving to UW Health Sports Factory where boys and girls can compete in air-conditioned comfort and practice on warm-up courts.
 
Shorter waits between games also are expected when the 3-on-3 tournament crosses over from Davis Park, its home for three of the last four years. The event has drawn as many as 400 players in 3rd through 8th grades.
 
There is no cost to enter. Registration is open until Sept. 1 at www.senatorstadelman.com/hoopstars.
 
"Part of me will miss the street-tournament feel of being outdoors, but the benefits of a brand new, marquee facility right across the Rock River are undeniable," Stadelman said during a news conference today at the Sports Factory. "Without the continued support of the Rockford Park District and faithful financial contributors like ComEd and Comcast, this positive, end-of-summer activity for kids simply wouldn't be possible."
 
Stadelman said the event, which started in 2013 at Patriots Gateway, had outgrown the 10 makeshift courts at Davis Park.  With 16 courts now available, total play time in the single-elimination, two-game-minimum tournament should drop to four or five hours from six or more. Parents will find parking much easier, among other advantages of the new location.
                                                                                              
All players receive free commemorative event T-shirts, and winning teams take home medals. Event sponsors operate interactive courtside information booths with giveaways, and refreshments are available for purchase.

Games begin at 1 p.m. with doors opening at noon following the Labor Day parade.

 

Mark Bonne
Chief of Staff, Illinois Senator Steve Stadelman
Zeke Giorgi Center, 200 S. Wyman St., Suite 301, Rockford, IL 61101



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