Fun Fest4 2016State Senator Terry Link (D-Vernon Hills) and State Representative Carol Sente (D-Vernon Hills) joined many other community organizations, government officials and residents for the Vernon Hills Park District Annual Fun Fair. The community event provided families an opportunity to trick or treat with their children in all their costumes. The Office of State Senator Terry Link hoped everyone had a safe and happy Halloween.

 

 

 

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LinkLakeCountyWalgreensWAUKEGAN — On Wednesday, State Senator Terry Link (D-Vernon Hills) joined other local officials and Walgreens to unveil new medication disposal kiosks at three Lake County Walgreens locations.

Link says that providing safe opportunities to dispose of old and unused medication will help the state in fighting the opioid addiction crisis. In 2014, he pushed legislation through the General Assembly that would allow police departments to safely collect unused and expired medications.

“Fighting drug addiction needs to be a top priority in Illinois. By providing places that residents can safely deposit their unused medications, we can eliminate opportunities for drug abuse by others,” Link said. “This proactive step by Walgreens will create a safer Illinois and continue the fight against prescription drug abuse.”

The kiosks are available at three locations in Lake County. There are more than 45 already placed across the state of Illinois. The kiosks are available during regular pharmacy hours.

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040716 js 0053ResizeSPRINGFIELD—On Monday, a measure to change the way defendants are informed about the consequences they could face became law, thanks to State Senator Terry Link (D-Vernon Hills).

“We have a legal system built on the foundation of due process and individual rights,” Link said. “We couldn’t say our judicial system is fair when defendants might not have understood the consequences they were facing.”

House Bill 2569, sponsored by Link in the Senate, would require judges to inform defendants of the maximum and minimum penalties they may face before being allowed to accept a guilty plea.

“Many defendants under extreme stress may plead guilty without any idea of what that will mean for their lives,” Link said. “This law can help change that.”

The legislation also requires judges to inform defendants that they could face increased penalties if they commit additional crimes in the future.

Category: Releases

051816CM0737RSPRINGFIELD—Seventeen-year-olds soon will be receiving more rights when it comes to getting involved in the political process.

House Bill 6167, which was sponsored by Senator Terry Link (D-Vernon Hills), was signed into law today. The new law would allow 17-year-olds to vote in the primary of a consolidated election if they would be 18 by the time of the consolidated election. Consolidated elections are held primarily for local offices, like school boards, city councils and village boards.

“We should be opening up access to the voting booth for those who will be 18 to have a full say in who represents them at every level of government,” Link said.

The new law would also allow 17-year-olds, who will be 18 by the general election, to pass nominating petitions for candidates or for a question to be put on the ballot.

“This is about our next generation getting involved. The last thing we should do is tell them no,” Link said. “It gives our democracy a breath of new life when the next generation gets involved.”

The new law went into effect immediately upon the governor signing the legislation.

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