High school students working in their classroomAURORA – State Senator Karina Villa (D-West Chicago) recently honored 306 Kane County high school students in the 25th legislative district who were named 2021-22 Illinois State Scholars by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission.

Illinois State Scholar winners rank in approximately the top 10% of the state’s high school seniors from 676 high schools in all 102 counties. Selection is based on a combination of standardized test scores and class rank or unweighted GPA at the end of the student’s junior year. ISAC works in conjunction with the students’ high school guidance counselors to determine the winners.

“I want to extend my congratulations to the students in the 25th District who worked tirelessly to earn the prestigious title of Illinois State Scholar,” Villa said. “All of the early mornings and late nights studying paid off—the honor could help these scholars gain admission to the colleges of their choice and secure financial assistance.”

The Scholars from Kane County include students from five area high schools, including Batavia Senior High School, Marmion Academy, South Elgin, St. Charles East and West Aurora high schools.

Recipients of the award will receive a congratulatory letter from ISAC, and a Certificate of Achievement will be sent to their high school. State Scholars will also receive a digital badge issued by ISAC that can be displayed on online profiles, exhibited on social media, and shared with prospective colleges and employers.

“Our students’ outstanding academic achievement in the midst of a global pandemic is inspiring,” Villa said. “I look forward to keeping up with the future successes of our local scholars.”

More information about the State Scholar program can be found at ISAC’s website.

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A woman is mourning at a vigil for Adam ToledoWEST CHICAGO – State Senator Karina Villa (D-West Chicago) issued the following statement following the fatal shooting of 13-year-old Adam Toledo:

“As a former middle school social worker, I can’t imagine the pain Adam’s family, community and school are going through after watching the horrific video of his senseless killing.

“A system in which children are shot with their hands raised is a broken system that needs major reform. My heart goes out to the Toledo family as they seek justice and mourn the loss of their child.”

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Apartment buildingsSPRINGFIELD – On Tuesday, State Senator Karina Villa (D-West Chicago) joined a broad coalition of housing, civil justice and nonprofit organizations across the state to pledge her support of measures to increase access to housing by fighting income discrimination.

“This legislation is critical now more than ever as we face a mounting housing affordability crisis and new destabilizing forces imposed by the pandemic,” Villa said. “Not only will this bill support those utilizing non-wage income and housing subsidies, but also workers like servers and bartenders who’ve experienced source of income discrimination because their profession may be viewed as unstable by housing providers. By ensuring landlords view all income with equal weight, we are creating important safeguards for family stability.”

Villa is the chief co-sponsor of Senate Bill 2492, which would help remove barriers to housing access by requiring the Department of Human Services to lift undue administrative burdens in the application process for tenants applying for housing assistance. This measure would also strengthen Illinois’ fair housing laws by creating new protections to ensure families are not refused housing solely because of the source of their income.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has devastated our communities in more ways than we can count, and it also shined a bright light on the lack of fair and affordable housing in Illinois,” Villa said. “Everybody deserves equal access to housing opportunities, and it’s imperative that any action we take makes it easier for individuals to obtain much-needed assistance.”

The full press conference can be viewed here.

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State Senator Karina Villa on the Senate FloorSPRINGFIELD – After months of collaboration with community members and professionals on her Senior Advisory Committee focusing on issues affecting older Illinoisans, Senator Karina Villa (D-West Chicago) introduced a measure that would ensure nursing home residents are treated with courtesy and are able to maintain their human and civil rights while receiving medical care.

“All Illinoisans deserve to be treated with civility and respect, regardless of their age or ability,” Villa said. “It’s been a pleasure working with my Senior Advisory Committee to come up with solutions for the nursing home issues voiced throughout our community.”

Villa’s legislation would prohibit nursing home residents from performing labor for the facility unless it is for documented therapeutic or medical purposes. Outpatient mental health service facilities would also be required to have a written internal grievance procedure to allow residents to voice their concerns.

This initiative provides nursing home residents the right to courteous treatment, the right to protection and advocacy services. All applicable patient rights under the Medical Patient Rights Act would also apply to residents under the Nursing Home Care Act.

“When we have loved ones living in a nursing home, we should have full confidence that they will be cared for with courtesy and proper medical practices,” Villa said. “This initiative will help give nursing home residents the opportunity to enjoy the highest quality of life.”

Senate Bill 1633 passed the Health Committee and now goes to the full Senate.

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