Villa HB 5214WEST CHICAGO – Parents who are deaf or have limited English proficiency now have expanded access to interpreters in school meetings thanks to a new law sponsored by State Senator Karina Villa.

“Parents who don’t speak English or have another communication barrier still have every right to be involved in decisions regarding their child’s education,” said Villa (D-West Chicago). “By expanding the availability of interpreters in situations where those decisions are being made, we ensure that all parents feel comfortable and able to participate.”

An initiative of the Learning Disabilities Association of Illinois, House Bill 5214 expands the current Identification, Evaluation and Placement portion of the School Code to include additional instances that interpreter services may be necessary. The law ensures that parents are made aware of decisions regarding the identification, evaluation or educational placement of their children, with the ability to present any complaints they may have, and ensures that interpreters are made available at no cost for IEP meetings, multidisciplinary conferences, 504 meetings, mediation sessions, and due process hearings.

“It comes down to an issue of equity and accessibility when communication barriers keep parents from participating in these vital discussions regarding their own children,” said Villa. “I’m pleased to see more barriers being broken down for families across Illinois.”

The legislation was recently signed and goes into effect immediately.

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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 SenatorVilla.com 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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