Feigenholtz Legislation Granting Local Communities More Power in Liquor Licensing Passes Committee

May 24, 2018

Springfield, Ill. – Legislation sponsored by state Representative Sara Feigenholtz, D-Chicago, granting local governments authority to give exemptions for businesses who wish to serve alcohol within 100 feet of a church, school, or other community establishment passed the House Executive Committee today.

“Under current law, business owners must contend with a long and exhausting procedure to serve alcohol in certain locations,” said Feigenholtz. “This legislation will put this issue in the hands of local government – where it belongs.”

Under current law, businesses seeking to serve alcohol near churches, schools, or other community establishments must receive permission from the General Assembly and Governor. Senate Bill 2436 changes this law by granting local governments control of the exemption process.

“By localizing control of this issue, the local liquor control commissioner and local residents will be empowered to decide which businesses are good for their communities, rather than requiring legislators from all corners of the state deciding the fate of a business hundreds of miles away,” said Feigenholtz. “This legislation cuts red tape while simultaneously giving local residents more control of what happens in their neighborhood.”

Earlier this year, Governor Rauner vetoed a bill which would have provided an exemption to a specific establishment in Chicago. His veto message stated, “Businesses should not have to secure exemptions to state law to acquire the licenses they need to thrive. Liquor licensure of this sort should be handled at the local level, where the impact of allowing a business to sell certain products is the greatest.”

This legislation has the support of a coalition of groups including the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, Illinois Restaurant Association, the Small Business Advocacy Council, the Lakeview Chamber of Commerce, the Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce, and the Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce, among others.

For full text of SB2436, click here. For more information, contact Feigenholtz’s Chicago office at 773-296-4141.

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Feigenholtz Legislation Requiring Companies to Have Sexual Harassment Policies Passes Committee

May 17, 2018

Springfield, Ill. – Legislation sponsored by state Representative Sara Feigenholtz, D-Chicago, requiring companies doing business or receiving special tax credits with the state to have a sexual harassment policy protecting workers passed the House State Government Administration committee on Wednesday.

“Companies that we do business with are an extension of the state,” said Feigenholtz. “This legislation will ensure that companies that bid on contracts or receive tax credits play by the rules and have strong sexual harassment policies in place so that all men and women are treated with dignity and respect.”

Senate Bill 405 requires all companies that make a bid or offer for a state contract to have a sexual harassment policy in place. Additionally, the legislation requires companies that claim EDGE tax credits to include their sexual harassment policy in their annual report to the state.

The policies must contain the complaint process available through the Illinois Department of Human Rights and the Human Rights Commission, directions on how to contact them to make a complaint, and details on how victims who come forward are protected against retaliation.

The House of Representatives Sexual Harassment Task Force is finalizing comprehensive policy solutions to address sexual harassment in Illinois.

“Victims of harassment have to know their options for seeking justice,” said Feigenholtz. “This legislation will send a message to corporations that want to do business with our state that we expect the same gold standard that we are trying to achieve at the Capitol.”

For full text of SB405, click here.

SB405 Passes Committee

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State Rep. Sara Feigenholtz with Rick Pearson on Mental Health Care in IL

April 22, 2018

Click here to hear State Rep. Sara Feigenholtz with Rick Pearson on Mental Health Care in Illinois.

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Sara Feigenholtz Discuses Transparency at the Dept. of Children and Family Services on WGN’s Legal-Face Off

April 20, 2018

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