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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Link-Jones-022813br0505“Thousands of low income people are now using emergency rooms as their primary care doctors. It is negatively impacting their long-term health as well as hospital and state finances,” Link said. “This would allow them to be covered by Medicaid with the federal government covering the cost. It’s a common senseplan that I’m happy to support,” said State Senator Terry Link (D- Waukegan).

 

 

 

Key components of Senate Bill 26:

  • All adults with incomes at or below 138 percent of the Federal Poverty Limit ($15,415 for an individual) will be able to enroll in Medicaid starting January 1, 2014. Currently, adults are eligible for Medicaid only if they have disabilities or care for dependent children.
  • The federal government will reimburse Illinois for 100 percent of the costs of covering these newly eligible enrollees through 2017.
  • The reimbursement rate will decrease gradually after 2017 but stay at 90 percent after 2020.
  • If the federal government fails to reimburse the state at 90 percent or above, the newly eligible clients will become ineligible; Illinois will not be stuck with the bill.

Expected benefits include:

  • Access to routine, coordinated care for 342,000 low-income adults
  • Fewer unnecessary and uncompensated emergency room visits
  • An influx of $1.1 billion in federal dollars in the first year and more than $12 billion in federal funds in the first eight years of the expansion
  • Job creation in the health care sector
  • $105 million in annual savings to the state as federal funds replace state expenditures on mental health, HIV/AIDS drugs and other areas of spending
  • A reduction in the burden on hospitals and local government currently caring for the uninsured
  • Better preventive care and mental health care for a vulnerable segment of the population
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In an effort to save our state money and improve transportation, State Senator Terry Link (D-Waukegan) filed Senate Bill 1594 that would combine the Regional Transportation Authority and the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning to create a new agency. 

The new 18-member board would be appointed by several different groups including the mayor of Chicago, president of the Cook County Board and governor. 

Other groups that would have representation on the board include:
     •  Five members appointed by the Chairmen of Dupage, Kane, Lake, McHenry Counties and the County Executive of Will County
     •  Three members appointed by the Governor
     •  A 19th non-voting board member appointed by the Kendall County Chairman

The consolidated board would receive no compensation. 

“We need to avoid excessive bureaucracy and run our state more efficiently. This is a great opportunity to make that happen,” Link said. “Combining transit and regional planning will not only reduce overhead costs, it will lead to better investments and bring together area leaders to focus less on competing and more on doing whatever it takes to make our region great.”

Link said SB 1954 would eliminate unnecessary and duplicative functions within CMAP, RTA, CTA, Metra, and Pace. 

The legislation was recently filed in the Illinois Senate and awaits debate. 

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SPRINGFIELD – Illinois State Senator Terry Link (D-Waukegan), accompanied by his wife, Susan, and other family members, took the oath of office this week in the Illinois State Senate. The inauguration ceremony, held on the Senate floor at the State Capitol in Springfield, marks the beginning of the 98th General Assembly.

After the proceedings, Senate President John J. Cullerton named Link to the leadership role of assistant majority leader.

“I look forward to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle during this new General Assembly,” Link said.  “I will continue my efforts as senator to find solutions to the pension problems faced by the state as well as bringing in additional revenues to the state that will help to increase funding for education and our human service programs.”

Link was first elected to the Illinois Senate in 1996 and is starting his sixth term in office.

During the 97th General Assembly Link served as majority caucus whip and was the chairman of the Gaming Committee.  He also served as the vice chairman of the Senate Financial Institutions and Local Government committees, as well as serving as a member of the State Government and Veterans Affairs Committee.

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