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


                                           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

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