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SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund employers could have more flexibility in determining how to structure IMRF payments under the Illinois public pension system through a measure championed by State Senator Karina Villa (D-West Chicago).

“This adjustment is necessary to support IMRF from being hit with additional payment requirements,” said Villa. “This is one step toward providing more flexibility for IMRF employers to determine how to structure payments.”

Under Villa’s legislation, IMRF employers would be exempt from paying Accelerated Payment (AP) charges or increases through retributions due to a members receiving workers’ compensation. Similar to other statewide systems, IMRF employers are required to pay the employer cost of pension due based on the members earnings but unlike other systems, IMRF employers are liable for paying any AP charges made through the process.

Senate Bills 3651 passed the Senate Thursday and now heads to the House for further consideration.

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SPRINGFIELD – To recuperate from the discrimination older LGBTQ adults have faced historically, State Senator Karina Villa (D-West Chicago) has passed legislation that would allocate a designated advocate under the Department on Aging for addressing mistreatment.

“The LGBTQ community has faced a lot of stress and overcame amble amounts of adversity historically,” Villa said. “A designated advocate would allow this misrepresented community the support they need to continue on.”

Villa’s measure would require the Department on Aging to provide older LGBTQ adults with a designated advocate and creates an LGBTQ Older Adult Curriculum and Training Program for Department on Aging service providers and contractors.

Designated advocates would help older LGBTQ adults and adults living with HIV face unique challenges as they age because of a lack of affirming resources, services available and the ongoing stigmatization.

“These advocates are essential for our older LGBTQ community to ensure they are getting fair treatment,” said Villa. “We need to get to a place where we are working for equality for all.”

SB 3490 passed the Senate floor on Wednesday and now heads to the House for further consideration.

Senator Villa is a longstanding advocate for the senior community. She hosts a monthly Senior Advisory Committee on the second Friday of each month at 10 a.m. via Zoom. To receive the link and agenda contact Villa’s office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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SPRINGFIELD – The Department of Children and Family Services could soon be required to establish a three-year pilot program to maintain safety and eliminate risks for minority children in in DuPage and Williamson County, under new legislation championed by Senator Karina Villa (D- West Chicago).

“Removing a child from the home is a traumatizing experience for everyone involved, and the disparity of Black children in the child welfare system is deeply concerning,” said Villa.

Under Villa’s measure, DCFS would be required to establish a three-year program to promote unbiased decision making in the child removal process while maintaining and reducing the risk of safety and disparity among minority children. The decision making process would include the child protection specialist to remove all demographic information including but not limited to, the child’s name, race or ethnicity, the child’s sexual orientation, religious beliefs, and political affiliation. In addition, an advisory board would be established to determine if the decisions made are warranted.

DCFS would be required to submit a report to the General Assembly on the progress of the pilot program and its effectiveness by July 1, 2024.

“No family should have their child taken away because of misrepresentation or discrimination,” said Villa. “My hope is that this measure will allow case workers to approach each case without pre-empted conclusions or judgements regarding a child and their demographic. Let’s look to avoid unnecessary risks toward the health, safety and well-being of these unrepresented children.”

Senate Bill 3720 passed the Senate Executive Committee and now heads to the Senate floor for further consideration.

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SPRINGFIELD – Future residents searching for a long-term care facilities could avoid being misled about available services, thanks to a measure led State Senator Karina Villa (D-West Chicago).

“People should be given the right to know information regarding potential assisted living facilities without misleading information,” Villa said. “Finding the right long-term care facility is already difficult and stressful – people don’t need misleading information to make the process even more arduous.”

Villa’s measure would eliminate an obligation for the Illinois Department on Aging’s Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program to label the Consumer Choice search tool with the name “Resident’s Right to Know.” This elimination would allow residents additional information on services offered by facilities, including memory care, transportation, dialysis, multilingual staff and more without being misled or confused.

“Every person should have the same access to resources when making a life-altering decision,” Villa said. “My hope is that eliminating the confusion will allow those in need of long-term care facility assistance greater peace of mind.”

Senate Bill 4024 passed the State Government committee and now heads to the Senate floor for further consideration.

Senator Villa is a longstanding champion of helping older adults and people in long-term care facilities. She hosts a monthly Senior Advisory Committee on the second Friday of each month at 10 a.m. on Zoom. To receive the link and agenda contact Villa’s office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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