Virtual Town Hall

May 20, 2016 Comments Off on Virtual Town Hall Matt

As we approach the end of May, which is traditionally the deadline to pass a state budget, I will be hosting a Virtual Town Hall to provide an update live from Springfield. Join State Senator Heather Steans on Thursday, May 26th at 6pm for an update on budgetary and legislative developments.   Tune in by clicking this …

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Shoulder Pads for Sullivan

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Budget Update

May 16, 2016 Comments Off on Budget Update Matt

While we continue to work towards a fully funded budget, I am pleased to report that both the House and Senate passed a human services bill that provides much needed funding for providers. The funds cover costs incurred during FY 2016, and were approved unanimously this past week. Since July 1st, 2015 the state has …

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New Legislation for 2016

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Steans Budget Analysis

Feb 29, 2016 Comments Off on Steans Budget Analysis Matt

I wanted to share this detailed summary of the Governor’s proposed budget given by my colleague State Senator Heather Steans:   Dear Friends, While we are now 8 months without a budget for our current fiscal year (FY16), the governor gave his budget address last Wednesday to present his proposed FY17 budget. Following my brief overview …

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Budget Survey

Feb 4, 2016 Comments Off on Budget Survey Matt

Update 2/5: I wanted to share the results of our budget priority survey, which has been filled out accordingly and returned to leadership. In addition to the numbered responses, I received enormous feedback indicating that revenue is the only appropriate option. I wholeheartedly agree. Pitting dozens of essential programs against each other in hopes of …

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Cannabis Bill Reintro

Dec 11, 2015 Comments Off on Cannabis Bill Reintro Matt

NEW MARIJUANA POSSESSION BILL SEEKS TO REPLACE CRIMINAL PENALTIES WITH FINES   It is no secret that crime is an issue in many of our communities, money is tight and public safety resources are stretched to their limits all over the state. Under these circumstances, do we want police officers out doing their jobs or …

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Community Resource Expo

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Press Release: Reentry Event

Oct 5, 2015 Comments Off on Press Release: Reentry Event Matt

FOR MORE INFORMATION Matthew Muir 773-784-2002 repcassidy@gmail.com   Representative Cassidy Discusses Reentry Policy, Receives Visionary Award at Safer Foundation Conference Safer Foundation Hosts 14th Annual Policy Conference titled “Bending the Arc Towards Justice” State Representative Kelly Cassidy attended the 14th annual policy conference hosted by CARRE (Council of Advisors to Reduce Recidivism Through Employment), receiving …

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Funding Survey Results

Sep 4, 2015 Comments Off on Funding Survey Results Matt

Earlier this week, I shared a request for input all House members got from our leadership to offer our priorities for funding among some programs that remain unfunded in the current impasse over the 2016 budget. While nearly 90% of the budget has been appropriated either through the one original budget bill the Governor signed, …

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