Townhalls Ellman 06151622NAPERVILLE – State Senator Laura Ellman is hosting two local town halls to offer community members an opportunity to ask questions about the spring legislative session and raise concerns of their own.

“I always enjoy sitting down with members of the community and getting to the heart of what matters most to them,” said Ellman (D-Naperville). “Their concerns drive the work we do in Springfield.”

The first of the two town halls will be held in Room B of the 95th Street Library in Naperville, 3015 Cedar Glade Dr., on June 15 at 6:30 p.m. The second will be held in Warrenville at the Warrenville Library, 28W751 Stafford Pl., on June 16 at 7 p.m.

Ellman encourages residents to take advantage of this opportunity to ask questions and express their concerns.

“These conversations help me bring our community’s needs to the table,” Ellman said.

More information about the Naperville and Warrenville town halls is available online, and questions can be directed to Ellman’s office at 630-601-9961.

Ellman WomenVeteransDayDrive TWNAPERVILLE – To celebrate the first Women Veterans Day in Illinois, State Senator Laura Ellman is hosting a donation drive to benefit women serving overseas.

“Women who serve our county have shattered glass ceilings and blazed trails for generations of women to come,” said Ellman (D-Naperville). “I can’t think of a better way to thank them for the sacrifices they’ve made and celebrate Women Veterans Day than by giving back to them when they’ve given so much for us.”

Community members wishing to participate can bring items for donation to the parking lot at the former Butera Grocery, 1270 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville, from 10 a.m. until noon on June 12.

Requested items for donation are:

  • Menstrual products
  • Lip balm
  • Lotion
  • Sunscreen
  • Hair brushes & ties
  • Nail clippers & files
  • Toothbrushes & paste
  • Disposable razors
  • Hand warmers
  • Sewing kits

In honor of Flag Day on June 14, community members can also drop off old or damaged American flags at this event to be disposed of properly.

“I’m always overwhelmed by the generosity of our community when they’re offered an opportunity to give,” Ellman said. “This is a fantastic cause and I’m looking forward to partnering with our community to lift up the women who protect us all.”

Questions or concerns about the event can be directed to Ellman’s office at 630-601-9961.

040522HAO00424 rNAPERVILLE – Signed into law Monday, legislation by State Senator Laura Ellman and State Representative Janet Yang Rohr on behalf of local students designates Dolostone as Illinois’ official state rock.

“Students played a large part in the designation of our state tree and flower over a century ago, and once again they will play a large part in our state’s history through their work in designating Dolostone as the state rock,” said Ellman (D-Naperville). “These exceptional young people went above and beyond to take advantage of this great learning opportunity, and all the students and teachers involved have been true gems.”

House Bill 4261 was brought to the General Assembly by students from Pleasant Dale School in Burr Ridge and Maplebrook Elementary School in Naperville who discovered Illinois did not have a state rock. The students interviewed regional geology scholars, visited museums and carried research to develop a ballot with three choices. They then asked schools across Illinois to vote on a state rock. Dolostone was the winner.

Dolostone is a sedimentary rock that underlies nearly all of Illinois, with the exception of the northernmost part of the state. It helps enrich soil across the state by providing valuable nutrients for plant growth, and caused a major mineral rush in Galena, Ill. in the early 1800s.

In addition to its natural abundance throughout the state, Dolostone plays a significant role in Illinois through its utilization in many important structures. Most notably, 3,300 exterior dolomite stones were used in the construction of the Old Illinois State Capitol. The quarry the stones were sourced from is now under Lake Springfield.

“I was very happy to join with our community's students and teachers to select Dolostone as Illinois’ official state rock," said State Representative Janet Yang Rohr (D-Naperville), House sponsor of the bill. "Dolostone is the foundation for our former state capitol building, so this is a wonderful way to connect to our state’s past. Working with such a bright group of students served as another reminder that our children deserve the best education possible.”

Dolostone will officially become the state rock of Illinois on Jan. 1, 2023.

Ellman HB 4408SPRINGFIELD – Legislation sponsored by State Senator Laura Ellman (D-Naperville) to make naloxone, an opioid overdose reversal drug, more accessible was signed into law Thursday.

“Opioids are permeating our communities, and people are dying at record rates. By making naloxone more accessible, we can prevent more deaths as we work to address the root of addiction,” Ellman said. “Naloxone saves lives. You can’t put a price on that.”

House Bill 4408 prohibits insurers and Medicaid from charging a copay for naloxone, an opioid suppressant. Naloxone can be lifesaving for people overdosing on opioids, but can often cost up to $140 for two doses.

According to the CDC, more than 100,000 people in the United States died from an opioid overdose in 2020 – and in one out of three cases, a bystander was present who could have saved the person’s life if naloxone had been accessible.

“Naloxone is a safe and effective medication that saves lives. Many of our communities continue to struggle in the midst of the opioid epidemic. It is important that we take steps to meet our friends, neighbors, and family members where they are at,” said State Representative Deb Conroy (D-Villa Park), House sponsor of the bill. “By eliminating the insurance copay on this essential drug, the General Assembly is doing just that.”

The legislation goes into effect Jan. 1, 2024.

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