Thursday, April 18, 2013
The House just voted in favor of a bill presented by Rep. Carol Sente of Vernon Hills to allow 17-year-olds the right to vote in primary elections. The Senate had its first reading of the bill Thursday.
A bill proposed by State Rep. Carol Sente (D-Vernon Hills) to allow 17-year-olds the right to vote in primary elections if they will be 18 by the next general election cleared the House Wednesday, reported the Daily Herald. The House voted 95-22 in favor of House Bill 226. The Senate had its first reading Thursday. On her website, Sente states that a group of students from a political science program at Stevenson High School has advocated for this initiative for several years, beginning with her predecessor Kathy Ryg. "Over the next few weeks, myself and Rep. Ed Sullivan (R-Mundelein) are planning to speak to students to get them involved in all aspects of passing this bill," stated Sente. "I am hopeful that through our bi-partisan efforts…
Thursday, March 28, 2013
State Rep. Carol Sente, D-Vernon Hills, shares news and events from the 59th District.
Friday, March 1, 2013
Donations will benefit the Vernon Township food pantry.
Friday, March 1
Area residents who want to help out the Vernon Township food pantry now have another drop-off location available. State Rep. Carol Sente (D-Vernon Hills) is hosting a food drive throughout the month of March to collect boxed goods, non-perishable items, and toiletries for the food pantry. “Too many families are struggling to make ends meet and stay warm during the winter months,” Sente said. “Every corner of this state has some families who have been hard hit by the economy. I encourage everyone to work together and lend some assistance to the food pantry, so that we can be there for our neighbors and keep our community strong.” Toiletries such as toilet paper, toothpaste or shampoo, and food items such as boxed dinners, peanut butter and…
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Deerfield High and Lake Forest High School Coaches have concerns over state Rep. Sente’s proposed law limiting football practice activities.
(Update at 7:25 p.m.)—Deerfield High School football Coach Steve Winiecki likes the effort of state Rep. Carol Sente (D-Vernon Hills) to limit athletic injuries but also agrees with Lake Forest High School Coach Chuck Spagnoli the approach might not be the right way to go. “I applaud her concern over the safety of athletes but it’s very difficult to know how (the law will) define tackling,” Winiecki said. “At Deerfield we teach form tackling,” he said, wondering if those drills would be limited to once a week. Should the law be passed, Winiecki also expressed apprehension some coaches might put too much emphasis on a lot of contact at once. “If they do drills that are just hitting, hitting, hitting it’s physiologically worse for the body…
Monday, February 25, 2013
State Rep. Carol Sente (D-Vernon Hills) will host a public hearing in response to increasing awareness of the dangers of concussions and brain injuries triggered by school sports.
Sunday, February 24, 2013
Legislation aims for speedier timeframe for updating handicapped accessibility standards in Illinois’ public buildings.
Sunday, February 24
Legislation sponsored by state Rep. Carol Sente (D-Vernon Hills) would fast track the timeframe for public buildings in Illinois to meet or exceed federal accessibility standards established in 2012. Illinois’ accessibility standards have not been changed since 1997. “At one time, Illinois was a leader in accessibility standards for persons with disabilities,” Sente said. “However, the Environmental Barriers Act has not been updated for over a decade, and we have fallen behind. I am proposing that we set a clear timetable for these updates with the goal of comparing our guidelines with the most recent version of the Americans with Disabilities Act and determining where Illinois wishes to mirror the federal law and where we wish to be more…
Thursday, February 14, 2013
The Doodle 4 Google contest will award a college scholarship and a grant for the winner's school.
Thursday, February 14
State Rep. Carol Sente (D-Vernon Hills) encourages local students to take part in Google’s “Doodle 4 Google” contest for the opportunity to win a $30,000 college scholarship and a $50,000 technology grant for their school. “Education is critically important to securing a successful future for our children,” Sente said. “Doodle 4 Google offers a fun way for our students to showcase their creative abilities and compete for a chance to have their artwork seen by millions of people.” Google doodles are the fun versions of the Google logo that appear on the Google homepage throughout the year in celebration of special events and people. This year’s theme is “My Best Day Ever” Students can submit doodles until March 22. Winners from each state …
Monday, February 4, 2013
Community members are invited to attend this Feb. 25 public meeting.
Monday, February 4
In response to increasing awareness of the dangers of concussions and brain injuries triggered by school sports, State Rep. Carol Sente (D-Vernon Hills) will host a public hearing on the matter to learn more about local high school policies, hear testimonies from health care experts and athletic professionals, and discuss her newly filed House Bill 1205 on this topic. The hearing will take place from 7-9 p.m. Feb. 25 at Vernon Hills High School. “The Illinois General Assembly passed landmark concussion legislation two years ago,” Sente explained. “While that bill was a strong starting point, I believe there is much more we need to do to prevent temporary and permanent brain injuries in our young athletes. Professional and college football …
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
State Rep. Carol Sente said the committee "will focus on helping to get more individuals back to work."
Tuesday, January 29
State Rep. Carol Sente (D-Vernon Hills) will be enter her third term in the Illinois House of Representatives as chairperson of the newly formed committee on Business Growth and Incentives. “With the 98th General Assembly approaching, I am happy to announce that I am the chairperson of a new committee related to economic development,” Sente said. “My Business Incentives and Growth committee will focus on helping to get more individuals back to work, helping small and mid-sized businesses locate, grow, and prosper in Illinois, evaluating our disparate tax incentive program, and working with federal, state and local partners to strengthen our economy.” With 27 years of management experience in the business sector and 10 years as president …
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Citizens are invited to meet with State Rep. Carol Sente on Saturday to discuss state issues.
Thursday, January 10
State Rep. Carol Sente (D-Vernon Hills) was sworn into her new term Wednesday, and will be back in town to meet with constituents this weekend in Buffalo Grove. “I am deeply honored by the opportunity to continue to represent our area in the upcoming General Assembly. I am humbled by the support I have received for my efforts to reduce government spending, increase government transparency, improve public safety, and grow businesses of all sizes to get Illinoisans back to work,” Sente said in a statement. “The General Assembly will face many challenges in the upcoming legislative session, and I look forward to working in a bipartisan manner to make Illinois more business-friendly, allowing our economy to prosper and hopefully address future…