Link-assessments-040114SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Terry Link (D-Waukegan) is sponsoring legislation that will exempt homeowners from increased assessments if they make improvements for accessibility.

“This issue was brought to me by a local resident who remodeled her bathroom to make it safer, she added hand rails and a bench to help prevent a fall. However, because she applied for all appropriate permits, the assessor reassessed the value of her home, and her property taxes went up,” said Link. “It is unfair to punish our seniors and returning veterans who may need to make their homes more accessible.”

Senate Bill 343 states that any improvements a homeowner makes to their property to help improve accessibility, such as adding a wheelchair ramp, retrofitting a bathroom or putting in a lift to help someone get up stairs, will not increase the property’s assessed value and therefore not increase their property taxes.

This measure passed the Senate unanimously and now goes to the House of Representatives for their consideration.

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Waukegan – State Senator Terry Link (D-Waukegan) had this to say about President Obama’s infrastructure plan:

“After years of wear and tear and the annual weather damage that our roads and highways see, President Obama’s infrastructure plan is well-timed. The citizens of the 30th District will be pleased to know that our community will see their fair share of this $302 billion plan, which will go a long way to fortifying transportation hubs across the northeast corner of our state.”

Yesterday, President Obama proposed a four-year, $302 billion highway bill that will build highways, bridges, railways and transit programs, as well as protect 700,000 jobs.

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Link-022514 js 0278State Senator Terry Link (D-Waukegan) is sponsoring legislation that will help keep prescription drugs off the streets, away from children and out of the water supply.

“Although there is a collection program counties can take part in statewide, Lake County does not receive any funding for disposal of these pharmaceutical drugs,” said Link.  “It is left up to local police departments to use their own resources to collect, transport and store these prescription drugs for up to six months. Unfortunately, many don’t have the financial means to do this.”

A lack of storage space has discouraged smaller police agencies in the Lake County region from participating in the statewide drug collection program. When these drugs are turned into police departments, it cuts down on the number of these drugs on the streets and accidental overdoses that can occur when children get a hold of these drugs. In addition, this program helps to keep people from flushing the drugs down our sewers, which can lead to increased levels of drugs turning up in the water supply.

Senate Bill 2928 creates the Lake County Prescription Drug Disposal Pilot Program, which will facilitate the collection, transportation, and disposal of pharmaceutical drugs throughout the county. There is also corresponding funding for the program, Senate Bill 3116.

This legislation is an initiative of the Lake County Underage Drinking and Drug Prevention Task Force. Currently, Lake County has 13 prescription drug collection sites, with 12 of the boxes located in police departments. Lake County has been very successful at collecting prescription drugs, taking in around 8,000 pounds of medication in 2012.

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WAUKEGAN — Thanks to State Senator Terry Link (D-Waukegan), Illinois has a new law that will remove the statute of limitations for child sexual abuse.

“Often people are well into adulthood before they are psychologically capable of coming forward about abuse inflicted on them as children,” said Link. “By then, the timetable may have run out, making it impossible to seek justice from abusers.”

Senate Bill 1399 removes the statute of limitations for legal actions based on childhood sexual abuse. Under current law, the statute of limitations to report childhood sexual abuse is 20 years from the date the victim recalls the abuse. The new law removes the statute of limitations altogether, allowing a person to bring an action based on childhood sexual abuse at any time.

Victims of childhood sex abuse can suffer a wide variety of negative effects, lasting well into adulthood. It is quite common for young victims to block out memory of the abuse as a coping mechanism; however, the memory of the event can be triggered later in life.

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