Gale School: Summer Update

Jun 26, 2015 Comments Off Matt

Update: 6/30: Over the course of the last several weeks, our office, along with others, has been working to address the crisis created by the lack of funding for Gale School’s OS/4 summer program. In addition to urging Chicago Public Schools to seek other ways to fund the program in the absence of a viable …

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Gale Summer School Threatened

Jun 15, 2015 Comments Off Matt

As many of you have heard, the summer school program at Gale Math and Science Academy has been put on hold due to budgetary issues. I have co-authored a letter, along with State Senator Heather Steans, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky and Alderman Joe Moore requesting a speedy solution, along with comprehensive assistance to parents who are …

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Budget Summary

Jun 3, 2015 Comments Off Matt

Dear Friends, Every year in May, I write an end-of-session update summarizing the budget. This year, May 31st has proven to be less of a deadline and more of the beginning of what could be a long and tumultuous summer. While the General Assembly was able to pass a budget outlining spending priorities, we could …

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Why I Voted with the NRA

May 31, 2015 Comments Off Matt

Yesterday morning, I spoke on the floor of the House on a bill proposed by several downstate legislators that was intended to be a cleanup to our state’s concealed carry law. The bill (SB836), was characterized as a technical clean up bill but was still opposed by the IL Coalition Against Handgun Violence on grounds …

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Virtual Town Hall

May 27, 2015 Comments Off Matt

On Thursday, May 28th at 6pm join me for a virtual town hall and legislative update live from Springfield! Sunday, May 31st is the deadline for the General Assembly to pass a budget. Failure to do so will require an extended session, higher voting thresholds and continued uncertainty for our state. While the Governor continues to press for extreme …

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State of Edgewater

May 27, 2015 Comments Off Matt

I am looking forward to participating in the third annual State of Edgewater onJune 2, 8:30 a.m. at The Breakers at Edgewater Beach. I’ll be joined by other elected officials to share our work and how it impacts the Edgewater community. Please join us for breakfast and conversation! Tickets available  

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Conversion Therapy Ban Passes

May 20, 2015 Comments Off Matt

Representative Cassidy Secures Passage of Bill Prohibiting Abusive ‘Conversion Therapy’ on Children Bill protects children from dangerous practice that creates risk of suicide and severe trauma State Representative Kelly Cassidy shepherded HB 217 to House approval Tuesday, moving Illinois closer to banning sexual orientation conversion therapy, a practice deemed disastrous for the well being of children by every prominent mental health …

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International Family Equality Day!

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Renewable Energy Town Hall

Mar 26, 2015 Comments Off Matt

Join us Monday, March 30th for a town hall on energy efficiency and green energy!

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New Legislation for 2015

Mar 23, 2015 Comments Off Matt

With the beginning of a new session comes the introduction of legislation. Below, you’ll find a description of various bills I have introduced and will be working on this year. For a full list, visit HB 217- Conversion Therapy Prohibition What it does: Bans the use of conversion “therapy” by licensed mental health professionals aimed at …

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