SPRINGFIELD. State Senator Terry Link (D-Waukegan) passed legislation out of committee this week (House Bill 3531) that bans smoking tobacco in any area of a day care center.

According to the Federal Government there are not levels of exposure to second-hand tobacco smoke considered “safe”. In fact, second-hand smoke is the cause of hundreds of thousands of respiratory infections in children under 18 months every year.

“We have to protect our children, especially those in the earliest stages of their lives. Responsible adults choose the habits of their preference, but this cannot be above the rights of children to enjoy a healthy environment in a child care facility”, said Senator Link.

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Link Floor May 12 RSPRINGFIELD. State Senator Terry Link (D-Waukegan) passed legislation out of committee that will allow the installation of audio/video monitoring devices to enhance supervision of the elderly who live in nursing homes. House Bill 2462 passed the Senate’s Public Health Committee and was sent to the Senate floor for consideration.

“We should be confident that our loved ones receive the care they need and are treated with the respect and dignity they deserve,” said Link, who sponsored the bill in the Senate.

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Senator on the Senator FloorSPRINGFIELD.— State Senator Terry Link (D-Waukegan) released the following statements after the State of the State address.

“Campaign rhetoric works to win elections, but it doesn’t offer answers on how Illinois should overcome the problems we face. I expect Governor Rauner to evolve his approach from a campaign-mode speech to a responsible party that offers viable solutions.”

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crayonsState Senator Terry Link welcomed news that Waukegan Community Unit School District 60 received $1.4 million from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity to improve classrooms. The money will be devoted to renovations at EPIC preschool. That project includes four new classrooms and 3,200 square feet of additional usable space.

"This funding will ultimately help EPIC preschool to increase its capacity to better serve its students. I congratulate the school board members and, especially president Hanna, for their leadership,” said Senator Link. The renovation is schedule to be completed this summer.

EPIC preschool occupies the former Marine Corps Reserve Center that was acquired by the school district in 2011 at no cost, after the base was closed.

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