Apartment buildingsSPRINGFIELD – On Tuesday, State Senator Karina Villa (D-West Chicago) joined a broad coalition of housing, civil justice and nonprofit organizations across the state to pledge her support of measures to increase access to housing by fighting income discrimination.

“This legislation is critical now more than ever as we face a mounting housing affordability crisis and new destabilizing forces imposed by the pandemic,” Villa said. “Not only will this bill support those utilizing non-wage income and housing subsidies, but also workers like servers and bartenders who’ve experienced source of income discrimination because their profession may be viewed as unstable by housing providers. By ensuring landlords view all income with equal weight, we are creating important safeguards for family stability.”

Villa is the chief co-sponsor of Senate Bill 2492, which would help remove barriers to housing access by requiring the Department of Human Services to lift undue administrative burdens in the application process for tenants applying for housing assistance. This measure would also strengthen Illinois’ fair housing laws by creating new protections to ensure families are not refused housing solely because of the source of their income.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has devastated our communities in more ways than we can count, and it also shined a bright light on the lack of fair and affordable housing in Illinois,” Villa said. “Everybody deserves equal access to housing opportunities, and it’s imperative that any action we take makes it easier for individuals to obtain much-needed assistance.”

The full press conference can be viewed here.

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State Senator Karina Villa on the Senate FloorSPRINGFIELD – After months of collaboration with community members and professionals on her Senior Advisory Committee focusing on issues affecting older Illinoisans, Senator Karina Villa (D-West Chicago) introduced a measure that would ensure nursing home residents are treated with courtesy and are able to maintain their human and civil rights while receiving medical care.

“All Illinoisans deserve to be treated with civility and respect, regardless of their age or ability,” Villa said. “It’s been a pleasure working with my Senior Advisory Committee to come up with solutions for the nursing home issues voiced throughout our community.”

Villa’s legislation would prohibit nursing home residents from performing labor for the facility unless it is for documented therapeutic or medical purposes. Outpatient mental health service facilities would also be required to have a written internal grievance procedure to allow residents to voice their concerns.

This initiative provides nursing home residents the right to courteous treatment, the right to protection and advocacy services. All applicable patient rights under the Medical Patient Rights Act would also apply to residents under the Nursing Home Care Act.

“When we have loved ones living in a nursing home, we should have full confidence that they will be cared for with courtesy and proper medical practices,” Villa said. “This initiative will help give nursing home residents the opportunity to enjoy the highest quality of life.”

Senate Bill 1633 passed the Health Committee and now goes to the full Senate.

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Construction siteWEST CHICAGO – State Senators Karina Villa (D-West Chicago) and Cristina Castro (D-Elgin) look forward to the investments in infrastructure coming to Kane County announced by the Illinois Department of Transportation last week. The projects are funded by the bipartisan Rebuild Illinois capital program.

“Our state is proving its commitment to our community by investing significant resources to improve local infrastructure in Kane County,” Villa said. “Families in the 25th District will greatly benefit from the numerous job opportunities and road safety enhancements that will come from these projects, and I urge residents to be patient and slow down in work zones as these projects get underway.”

The projects in Kane County include:
Illinois 31 (Lake Street) from Reagan Memorial Tollway (Interstate 88) to Rathbone Avenue: Resurfacing project with new ADA-compliant sidewalk ramps scheduled to begin this spring and be completed this fall.
Illinois 31 (State Street) from Strom Drive to West Road: Ongoing resurfacing project with new ADA-compliant sidewalk ramps, improved drainage, and repairs to the State Street bridge over U.S. 20 (Elgin Bypass), which started last summer and is anticipated to be completed this fall.
Illinois 47 at Main Street: Ongoing project to replace the existing bridge, reconstruct the intersection and modernize traffic signals. The project started in 2019 and is anticipated to be completed in summer 2022.
Illinois 72 (Oak Knoll Drive) at Getzelman Road/State Street: Intersection improvement project, with new traffic signals, paving, ADA-compliant sidewalk ramps, along with improved drainage and lighting. The project is scheduled to begin this summer and completed in late 2022.

The Rebuild Illinois capital program is investing $33.2 billion into the state’s aging transportation system, creating jobs and promoting economic growth. It is the largest capital program in Illinois history and touches all sectors of Illinois transportation.

“For both Kane County residents and visitors, having a modernized, safe transportation sector is so important,” Castro said. “Updating things like traffic lights and sidewalk ramps to be ADA compliant will make our community more accessible while also bringing more jobs to the area.”

For a map of the projects in DuPage County, visit here. Find traffic and road conditions at www.gettingaroundillinois.com.

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Senator Villa at the Pickerill Estate House, located in the Pickerill-Pigott Forest PreserveYORKVILLE – In an effort to allow all Kendall County residents to enjoy the natural resources the area has to offer, State Senator Karina Villa (D-West Chicago) has secured more than $800,000 for the Kendall County Forest Preserve District through the Illinois Department of Natural Resources Park and Recreational Facility Construction (PARC) grant program, which will be used to renovate and update the Pickerill Estate House.

“I’m elated to hear that Kendall County has been selected to receive a PARC grant to improve accessibility and provide more recreational opportunities for our community at the Kendall County Forest Preserve,” said Senator Villa. “Illinois continues to show its commitment to investing in public spaces to help maintain the health and wellness of families across our state.”

The Kendall County Forest Preserve District will use the PARC grant funding to renovate and update the Pickerill Estate House, located in the Pickerill-Pigott Forest Preserve, by making the building ADA accessible and constructing an adjoining open-air pavilion.

The PARC grant program provides up to 90% of project costs to help build, renovate and improve recreational buildings used by the public or purchase land to be used for public access and recreational purposes, with local governments matching the value of the grants awarded. The grant to the Kendall County Forest Preserve District was one of 17 grants awarded across the state.

A full list of grantees is available on IDNR’s website.

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