Illinois bill would ban for-profit detention centers

“There is an effort afoot to bring a private, for-profit ICE detention center to the state of Illinois,” [Cassidy] said March 22. “… We said ‘slow your roll. Hold up here. That’s not who we are, that’s not how we operate. We don’t believe in making money out of putting humans in cages, and we’re going to do everything we can to stop the advance of this effort.’”

Source: The Telegraph

Lea Negron
While some states are restricting abortion, others move to bolster access

“In Illinois, the Reproductive Health Act would establish reproductive health, including abortion, as a fundamental right. The bill has stalled since its introduction in February, and this week, its sponsor State Rep. Kelly Cassidy held a protest to call for movement on the act.”

“Cassidy supports the bill not just to preserve abortion access for the people of Illinois, she said, but also for the people from neighboring states, where restrictions are harsher, who go to Illinois for abortions. In 2017, over 5,500 women came to Illinois to get abortions, the Chicago Tribune reported.”

Source: ABC News

Lea Negron
State Democrats demand action on Reproductive Health Act

“Democratic lawmakers demanded their colleagues take action on a controversial, sweeping reproductive health care bill at a rally Wednesday just outside the Statehouse.”

“The [Reproductive Health] act, proposed in the House by Rep. Kelly Cassidy, D-Chicago, and in the Senate by Sen. Melinda Bush, D-.Grayslake, would repeal Illinois’ abortion law and replace it with what backers and detractors agree would be the most liberal reproductive health care legislation in the country.”

Source: The Herald News

Lea Negron
"Medical Marijuana in Spotlight in Illinois"

"Meanwhile at the state capitol, state Sen. Don Harmon (D-Oak Park) just passed a bill out of the Senate that would allow people with opioid prescriptions to go straight to the marijuana dispensary instead. The bill is headed to the House where state Rep. Kelly Cassidy (D-Chicago) is the sponsor. "

Source: Chicago Tonight

Lea Negron
"Democratic lawmaker says she resigned Cook County sheriff post because she felt pressure from Madigan allies"

"In February, Cassidy called for an independent investigation of harassment claims lodged against Madigan’s government and political operations, questioning Democratic lawmakers’ abilities to conduct a fair probe. Cassidy said Madigan chief of staff Tim Mapes called the sheriff’s office to inquire about her employment status shortly after she spoke out."

Source: Chicago Tribune

Lea Negron