State Senator Karina Villa on the Senate floorSPRINGFIELD – The General Assembly has been working for decades to pass legislation co-sponsored by State Senator Karina Villa (D-West Chicago) to create licensure requirements for midwives in an effort to protect pregnant women.

“The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have forced many women to explore birthing styles outside of a hospital setting,” Villa said. “Expecting mothers should be able to have full confidence in their home birth with the knowledge that their midwife is a certified professional.”

Under current law, certified professional midwives without nursing degrees are not recognized as health care professionals who can assist with home births. More than 30 states recognize CPMs without additional degrees, but Illinois only recognizes the professionals who are advanced-practice registered nurses.

This landmark legislation would create the Licensed Certified Professional Midwife Practice Act, which contains education, training and experience requirements for midwives.

“Midwives have been helping bring babies into this world from a safe home setting for centuries,” Villa said. “This legislation has been in the works since 1979, and I’m pleased to see our state taking action to move one step closer to certifying professional midwives.”

House Bill 3401 passed the Senate Wednesday with bipartisan support and now goes to the House of Representatives for further consideration.

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State Senator Karina Villa on the Senate floorSPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Senate backed an effort co-sponsored by State Senator Karina Villa (D-West Chicago) to declare Oct. 28, 2021 as First Responders Day in Illinois.

“The first responders who serve Illinois deserve our endless gratitude, but declaring Oct. 28 as First Responders Day is a good start to celebrating our heroes,” Villa said. “These brave men and women wake up every day ready to put their lives on the line to save lives and make our communities safe.”

The proposal thanks 911 dispatchers, as well as firefighters, police offers, emergency medical technicians and paramedics for their commitment to public safety across Illinois.

“I’m pleased to see support from the Illinois Senate to honor and celebrate our brave first responders,” Villa said. “Let us take this First Responders Day to thank the hardworking heroes who serve our neighborhoods.”

Senate Resolution 534 was adopted with bipartisan support in the Senate on Wednesday.

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Senator Villa's workforce fairWEST CHICAGO – State Senator Karina Villa (D-West Chicago) is inviting employers and job seekers in the trade industry to an upcoming workforce fair from 2-5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 6 at West Chicago Community High School.

“This Manufacturing Month, we’re working to provide opportunities for workers to make their voices heard and give our community a chance to get involved in the trades,” Villa said. “People looking for jobs and employers seeking workers should register to attend our workforce fair.”

The free workforce fair is an opportunity to network with employers within the trade and manufacturing industries, with on-the-spot interviews for some employment opportunities. Everyone who attends will be automatically entered into a raffle for a chance to win one of five $100 Visa gift cards along with other prizes.

Job seekers are encouraged to register to preview employers prior to the event. Villa’s district office will also be hosting office hours on Nov. 1, Nov. 3 and Nov. 5 to help job seekers build their resumes before the workforce fair. Interested individuals can sign up at senatorvilla.com.

Employers and job seekers can sign up to participate in the workforce fair at no cost at senatorvilla.com. More information is available from Villa’s district office at (630) 326-9319 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Naper SettlementGENEVA – The City of Geneva and Naperville Heritage Society have been awarded more than $2 million in Rebuild Illinois capital grants as part of the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity’s latest $16.5 million investment, State Senator Karina Villa (D-West Chicago) announced Friday.

“Rebuild Illinois investments will fuel necessary economic development in Geneva and Naperville,” Villa said. “Hundreds of Illinois families will benefit from these new job opportunities at a critical time for our workforce.”

The City of Geneva received $1,270,017 for a new electrical substation to prepare for industrial development nearby. This funding to develop a 211-acre parcel of land will support essential utilities while attracting and creating hundreds of jobs.

Rebuild Illinois also invested $765,000 in a new visitor center and exhibit at the Naperville Heritage Society’s Naper Settlement Museum. The museum currently features 13 acres of interactive opportunities for visitors of all ages to learn about Naperville’s history, and the expansion is intended to boost tourism and economic activity throughout the region.

Through the Rebuild Illinois Regional Economic Development program, DCEO provided grants for 11 new projects that will unlock a total $75.5 million investment and create at least 1,465 jobs statewide.

“The City of Geneva’s new electrical substation will lead to increased industry expansion and economic growth,” Villa said. “These grants will also allow Naperville residents and visitors to connect with the city’s rich history through engaging experiences at the Naper Settlement Museum.”

More information on the Rebuild Illinois capital grants and a full list of projects selected for grants can be found on DCEO’s website.

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