Villa SB 1633

WEST CHICAGO – In partnership with community members and other professionals on her Senior Advisory Committee, State Senator Karina Villa championed a new law to protect the dignity and rights of nursing home residents across Illinois and ensure they are afforded the highest quality of care.

“Many families struggle with the decision to placed loved ones in long-term care facilities,” said Villa (D-West Chicago). “With everything that goes into this decision, families shouldn’t also have to worry about abuse or neglect.”

Previously Senate Bill 1633, the new law amends and expands the existing Nursing Home Care Act to offer more comprehensive protection for nursing home residents. In addition to ensuring residents' rights must be maintained and basic needs are met, the law creates requirements for grievance procedures at nursing facilities, protects residents from being forced to perform unpaid labor and requires information on how to submit complaints be posted publicly and available to residents at request.

Villa’s Senior Advisory Committee played a large role in the development of the legislation, which is modeled off of the Minnesota Patients' Bill of Rights published by the Minnesota Department of Health. The law also ensures that all rights outlined under the Medical Patient Rights Act, including the right to sound medical care and the right to privacy and confidentiality, apply to residents under the Nursing Home Care Act.

“Families should be able to trust the faculty and staff in nursing homes to provide the absolute best care for their loved ones,” Villa said. “With this law, we hope to give them that peace of mind.”

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Villa HB 1567


SPRINGFIELD – Legislation sponsored by State Senator Karina Villa (D-West Chicago) requiring the Governor’s Office of New Americans to create and oversee the implementation of a New American Statewide Plan was signed into law on Friday.

“One in seven Illinoisans is an immigrant,” Villa said. “People from across the world come here to make a new life, and we should do all we can to assist them in that endeavor.”

House Bill 1567 seeks to address immigrant and refugee integration issues in Illinois through the establishment of a New American Statewide Plan. Under the legislation, the Governor’s Office of New Americans would be required to put together a plan to ensure their essential duties are being performed.

The Office of New Americans is responsible for welcoming and supporting immigrants and refugees in Illinois and ensuring they have the resources necessary to successfully integrate into the social, cultural, economic, and civic life of the United States, including access to quality English language learning programs.

“We want all immigrants and refugees who come to Illinois to feel welcome in their new home,” Villa said. “By working alongside the Governor’s Office of New Americans to ensure they have the necessary resources to thrive, we lay a strong foundation for new beginnings.”

The legislation will go into effect Jan. 1, 2023.


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4692258762 5e011036c5 bWEST CHICAGO – To encourage children to read this summer and prevent “summer slide,” State Senator Karina Villa is launching a Summer Book Club for kids across the 25th District.

“By encouraging children to read at a young age, we can help instill a love for reading that will last a lifetime,” said Villa (D-West Chicago). “Reading over the summer break can also help keep students sharp and ready to head back to class in the fall.”

The Summer Book Club requires students to read five books of their choice during the summer break, record the names of the books on a form and turn the form in at one of two local book club events at the end of summer.

Kids in the Batavia area can bring their completed forms to Batavia Creamery, 4 N. Island Ave, Batavia, on Aug. 9 from 1 to 3 p.m., and those closer to West Chicago can turn theirs in at Jorge’s Paleteria, 110 S. Neltnor Blvd. Ste 4-5, West Chicago, on Aug. 16 from 1 to 3 p.m. Both locations will be offering free ice cream to children who have completed the book club.

“As we go on trips and vacations this summer, let’s not forget all the adventures we can go on through books,” said Villa.

Book club forms are available at the Batavia Public Library, West Chicago Public Library, online at or printed out at home. If you don’t have access to a printer, you can simply write down the books you read on a piece of paper to share with Senator Villa. Questions can be directed to Villa’s office at 630-326-9319.

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Villa HB 5193 rSPRINGFIELD – Under a newly-signed law sponsored by State Senator Karina Villa (D-West Chicago), school boards across the state will have the option to include safe firearm storage in their safety education curriculum.

“Guns are the leading cause of death of children in Illinois,” Villa said. “By giving students the opportunity to learn about safe, responsible firearm ownership, we are giving them the tools to protect themselves and others.”

Under House Bill 5193, safe gun storage will be added to existing safety education instruction taught in schools in Illinois. Automobile safety, CPR training, safety in the home, and safety while carrying out vocational training or work are all examples of what is already included in statewide safety education curriculum.

Under current law, when not in use, firearm owners in Illinois must keep their guns temporarily inoperable with a designated device or mechanism, kept in a securely locked container, or in a location that a minor under the age of 14 would not reasonably have access to. House Bill 5193 would bring this information to classrooms discussing safety in the home in an effort to raise awareness of firearm safety among young adults and to educate them about responsible firearm ownership.

Schools are not mandated to teach safety education, but if they elect to offer it they are required to teach all existing components.

“When firearms are not stored safely and securely, there is always a chance they may fall into the wrong hands, whether that be the hands of small children who don’t understand, or the hands of those who may be a danger to themselves or others,” Villa said. “Promoting positive messages about proper gun storage has the potential to save lives.”

The law goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2023.

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Springfield Office:
M121 Capitol Building
Springfield, IL 62706
(217) 782-0471
District Office:
946 Neltnor Blvd., #108
West Chicago, IL 60185
(630) 326-9319

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