SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - On Friday, state Rep. Rita Mayfield, D-Waukegan, completed her third spring legislative session in the Illinois House of Representatives and reflected on the measures she helped pass to continue putting the state back on the right track.

"Throughout this session, we faced very challenging and difficult issues," Mayfield said. "Yet, by working together we made the necessary reforms with the best interest of the state's residents in mind."

Mayfield voted in favor of House Bill 1441, legislation that rejects cost-of-living increases for state lawmakers. The proposal requires legislators to take twelve unpaid furlough days and prevents cost-of-living adjustments for not only lawmakers, but also state's attorneys, constitutional officers, agency directors and members of boards and commissions.

"At a time when so many of our working families and other residents are having a difficult time making ends meet, state legislators must demonstrate their seriousness in addressing Illinois budget constraints," Mayfield added.

Property taxes have continued to rise over the years, and Rep. Mayfield has always backed legislation which aims to alleviate some of the pressures of owning a home. During session, Rep. Mayfield co-sponsored Senate Bill 1894 which extends the maximum reduction under the Senior Citizens Homestead Act to all counties and increases the property tax exemption from $4,000 to $5,000.

Mayfield also co-sponsored legislation which expands access to health care services to those who need them the most. Senate Bill 26 is a Medicaid expansion package, which increases health care access to more than 300,000 low-income Illinois citizens who are currently uninsured. Mayfield helped pass Senate Bill 26 through the General Assembly and it now awaits the governor's approval.

"As lawmakers continue to make progress towards fixing our state's budget situation, I pledge to keep fighting for our most vulnerable and needy residents," Mayfield said. "In the coming weeks, I plan on meeting with constituents to solicit their input on progress lawmakers have made this session and the challenges we still face."

For more information, please contact Rep. Mayfield's full-time constituent service office at 847- 599-2800.

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