03282017AM6610Today, the Illinois Senate failed to advance the remaining proposals in the Grand Bargain package they have been negotiating since January. State Senator James F. Clayborne (D-Belleville) issued the following statement:

“Again we had a chance to put people’s livelihoods above politics, but  my colleagues on the other side of the aisle made it clear they are unwilling to compromise. Senate Democrats have worked tirelessly for months on a package of bills to get the state back on track. We have changed the package 35 times in an effort to reach compromise with the governor and Republicans. We cannot waste any more time. We must pass a budget.”

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.

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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