SPRINGFIELD – Legislation sponsored by State Senator Terry Link (D-Waukegan) has been signed into law that will allow 17-year-olds, who will turn 18 in the year of the general election, to register and vote in the primary election.  

“My own birthday was two days after a primary, and I was disappointed I could not vote for the candidate I supported,” said Link. “I believe this gives 17-year-olds the opportunity to vote in the primary and possibly result in more voter participation.”

The U.S. Constitution says that if a state has a compelling interest in setting the voting age, the state policymakers can lower the age if it is determined to be in the state’s best interest.  

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Link-YouthBuild-Award-Picture-FINAL-5-14-13Illinois YouthBuild Coalition, Inc. recently presented State Senator Terry Link (D-Waukegan) with the Illinois YouthBuild Public Service award for his unwavering support of young people in Lake County. Link has been involved for many years with Illinois YouthBuild.     

YouthBuild helps at-risk youth by supporting their educational goals, teaching them job skills and preparing them for college. Before entering the program, none of the youth were expected to graduate from college.

According to the Illinois YouthBuild Coalition, Inc, investing in these youth shows a lifetime return on investment of at least $7.80 for every dollar spent on a YouthBuild student. The youth are involved in programs such as building or renovating affordable houses for homeless and low-income families. Thirty-three percent of youth go into construction jobs. YouthBuild is also preventing crime by getting youth involved in their community and out of the streets. Recidivism rates for court-involved youth drop forty percentage points. 

“Organizations like YouthBuild are fostering tomorrow’s leaders and I want to thank them for all of the hard work they put into mentoring these youth,” Link said.  

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Senator Terry Link welcomed students from Hawthorn Middle School North and Greenwood Elementary for Tech Day in the Capitol. Students displayed exhibits about their tech-savvy projects.





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Link041113br0011Victims of childhood sexual abuse would no longer face legal deadlines regarding how long they have to seek damages from their abusers, under legislation state Sen. Terry Link passed out of the Illinois Senate this week.


“I don’t know how you put an expiration date on being scarred for life,” Link said after his legislation, Senate Bill 1399, was approved 48-4. It now advances to the Illinois House for further consideration.


Current state law imposes a 20-year deadline for a sexual abuse victim to file a lawsuit against the abuser. More specifically, the victim has 20 years from the date that he or she knew of the abuse to go to court.


Link’s plan simply eliminates that deadline so a victim could sue for damages at any time.


“There should not be a limited time frame for when someone who was abused as a child can sue the abuser,” Link said. “Victims struggle with this throughout their lives. The current law serves only to reward abusers who basically get away with it for a long enough time. We need to start protecting the victims and worrying about their rights.”

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