small business State Senator James F. Clayborne (D-Belleville) passed a measure through the Illinois Senate Wednesday which aims to increase the number of minority-owned, female-owned and veteran-owned enterprises Illinois companies contract with.

The measure, Senate Bill 262, would require Illinois companies to submit a report outlining their procurement goals and highlighting minority ownership of businesses they contract with.

“This measure is about ensuring corporations do not continue to overlook minority-owned businesses,” Clayborne said. “I want to ensure that companies are investing back into the communities they provide service. If a company is supplying services in a community like East Saint Louis, they should do everything they can to contract with businesses in that community.

“It is also important that these companies show every best effort to diversify who they contract with. I want to make sure minority-, female- and veteran-owned businesses have a fair chance in this business climate.”

If companies fail to report their efforts showing their diversity goals to the Illinois Commerce Commission and the Business Enterprise Council, they would be barred from bidding on state contracts for one year.

The legislation passed the Senate Wednesday and now goes to the House for consideration.

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Clayborne awardState Senator James F. Clayborne (D-Belleville) received an award this week from the Child Death Review Team for his work in ramping up efforts to investigate infant death in Illinois.
 
“I am very honored to have received this award, and I also commend the Child Death Review Team for all the work they do,” said Clayborne. “The death of a child is a terrible thing and should never go without investigation. No child and no infant should die in vain. I stay committed to this cause.”
 
Oftentimes, infant deaths are reported as Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, cases with no further investigation. Clayborne’s work in the state legislature helped to address this issue.
 
In 2010 Clayborne championed legislation that brought a task force to Illinois that would require further investigation and report on cases of infant death.

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SB3701Service members looking to obtain college credit for military courses may soon have an easier process when transferring credits to a public university or community college in Illinois.

The proposal, sponsored by State Senator James F. Clayborne (D-Belleville), passed the Senate Higher Education Committee Tuesday.  

“Providing our service members accessibility to higher education should be a priority of our state and our nation,” said Clayborne. “It is important we continue this trend by offering students a clear understanding of how their military courses transfer into our state’s universities and community colleges.”

The measure would create the Educational Credit for Military Experience Act, which  would require the state’s public universities and community colleges to develop a policy for awarding college credit for military courses taken through the Armed Forces.

House Bill 3701 will now be considered by the full Senate.

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