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State Representative Steve Andersson welcomed the St. Charles North Mock Trial Team to Springfield today.  The Mock Trial team recently claimed the State Champion title, making the team the State Champs for the second year in a row.
Representative Andersson met with the students in Springfield to show them the Capitol, and hear about their journey to the State Title. In explaining to Rep. Andersson their trial experience, the students discussed how much they enjoyed presenting both sides of an argument.  Representative Andersson was impressed with their open-mindedness, an essential skill for success.  “It makes me joyful for the future of the State, to see such passion in these young students,” said Andersson.

House Resolution 1004 was adopted today in the House of Representatives to celebrate the St. Charles North Mock Trial Team, and their great accomplishment this year. 

State Representative Steve Andersson passed two Senate bills in the Judiciary Civil Committee this week.

The first bill is part of his Court Fee Reform initiative, and will help clarify certain aspects of the original bill, HB4594. The purpose of this bill is to provide larger counties more time to pay fees, as required by their processes. The bill was suggested by the City of Chicago, and is supported by Illinois State Bar Association and the Illinois Statewide School Management Alliance.

Representative Andersson’s second bill presented in committee, SB2437, changes the Dissolution of Marriage Act. Current law requires that any life insurance policy of either spouse that constitutes marital property be allocated by the court to determine ownership. This bill changes that to insure the intended recipients receive the right benefits. It ensures that policy owners who pass away after a divorce, but before they are able to redesignate their policy, have the proceeds go to their intended beneficiary.

This week SB544 and SB2437 unanimously passed in committee and will move forward in the House for further consideration.
State Representative Steve Andersson recently participated in the Illinois Youth in Care and Alumni Legislative Shadow Day. The program connects current and former youth in care with Illinois General Assembly members to learn about State Government.

This is the third annual Shadow Day organized by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), Foster Care Alumni of America, and the Illinois Statewide Youth Advisory Board. With May being National Foster Care Month, this year’s program was especially meaningful. 50 current and former youth in care from across the state were paired with various lawmakers in both the House of Representatives and the Senate.

The day provided a great opportunity for youth to learn from lawmakers, see the legislative process, and learn the best way to get their voices heard by lawmakers. This was Representative Andersson’s first time participating in the program, and he enjoyed discussing his role as a Representative with his shadow, Dani Townsend. She was able to sit in the gallery in the House of Representatives to watch legislative session, and visit the House floor.


Today, State Representative Steve Andersson spoke in support of the Equal Rights Amendment at a press conference in the State Capitol.

The press conference was held by Deputy Majority LeaderLou Lang (D-Skokie), the House sponsor of the Equal Rights Amendment, and also included several other supporters of the ERA including Sally Pancrazio, former Dean of the College of Education at Illinois State University, and Carrie Boyd from the Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault.

Rep. Andersson further expressed his support for Illinois to adopt the ERA, and for it to be a bipartisan initiative. Andersson urged the Governor to support the measure and also encourage House Republicans to vote in favor of what should be a bipartisan issue.

“We know women aren’t being treated equally, and they don’t have the same constitutional protections,” said Andersson. “This is about women, and it is finally to time to stand together to make this change.”

This week in Springfield, supporters of the ERA have rallied in the State Capitol to urge lawmakers to support the Amendment, which if adopted would make Illinois the 37thState out of the 38 needed for ratification.