Media Advisory
                                                                        … from State Representative Luis Arroyo

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May 3, 2017                                                                           State Rep Luis Arroyo
Phone (773)637-2000


Healey Metra Station Groundbreaking Ceremony

CHICAGO, - State Rep. Luis Arroyo, D-Chicago, Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti, State Rep. Will Guzzardi, Alderman Milly Santiago will be joined by Metra Executive Director/CEO Donald A. Orseno and Metra’s Board of Directors on Monday, May 8, 2017 to ‘break ground’ and begin the reconstruction of the Healy Metra Station on the Milwaukee North Line.

“One of my top priorities is to bring job opportunities to our community and improve access to public transportation,” Arroyo said.  “This renovation project will not only expand economic opportunity in our neighborhood but it will also provide a safe and revamped train station that will better serve riders and improve access to other services like the CTA.”

What:  Groundbreaking Ceremony, Healey Metra Station

Who:               State Rep. Luis Arroyo, Lt Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti, State Rep. Will Guzzardi, Alderman Milly Santiago, Metra Executive Director/CEO Donald A. Orseno and Metra’s Board of Directors

When:             Monday, May 8, 2017
11:30 a.m.

Where:           Healey Metra Station Facility
4014 W Fullerton Ave., Chicago, IL  60639





Representative Arroyo cosponsors HB2771

Thursday, February 16, 2017


SPRINGFIELD, Ill.  — Today, Representative Arroyo added his name to HB2771 as a cosponsor. BB2771 secures paid sick time and paid Family Leave for working families. "Families shouldn't have to choose and should be able to take care of themselves and their children", said Representative Arroyo.


Read the proposal HERE.






SPRINGFIELD, IL (February 15, 2017) – Illinois legislators, representatives from the Illinois Department of Public Health and health advocates gathered in the rotunda of the Statehouse today to spread awareness of the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women campaign, and to encourage Illinois women to unite in the fight against heart disease and stroke.


Go Red For Women began in 2004 with the mission of educating women on their risk factors of heart disease and empowering them to take control of their heart health. More than one in three women are living with some form of cardiovascular disease; it remains the number one killer of women.


“Go Red Day at the Capitol is a long-held tradition at the Statehouse,” said Senator Kimberly Lightford, co-chair of the Conference of Women Legislators (COWL). “It is a day the legislators come together to support the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women campaign, which is a cause we can all get behind. We want to spread awareness of the risk factors and warning signs of heart disease so the women in Illinois are empowered to take charge of their health.”


“The Conference of Women Legislators are longtime supporters of the Go Red For Women campaign,” said Representative Barbara Wheeler, co-chair of COWL. “Heart disease remains the leading cause of death in Illinois, and it’s important for us to do our part to help educate the women in our lives about what they can do to prevent heart disease, and to share the warning signs that shouldn’t be ignored. We are proud to unite and Go Red!”


How You Can Go Red

  • Get Your Numbers: Ask your doctor to check your blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose. By knowing your numbers and tracking them over time, you can begin to understand what you can do to improve your health. If your blood pressure is high, for example, it increases your risk for heart attack and stroke.
  • Own Your Lifestyle: Stop smoking, lose weight, be physically active and eat healthy. Smoking is one of our nation’s top causes of early death, but your lungs can begin to heal as soon as you quit. If you have too much fat — especially if a lot of it is at your waist — you're at higher risk for such health problems as high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol and diabetes. And you’re not alone! More than 2/3 of our American adult population is overweight, with 1/3 of us in the obese category.
  • Raise Your Voice: Advocate for more women-related research and education. Women comprise only 24 percent of participants in heart-related studies.
  • Educate Your Family: Make healthy food choices for you & your family. Teach your kids the importance of staying active. Cut out sugary drinks and reduce your salt intake.
  • Donate: Show your support with a donation of time to learn more about your health and that of your loved ones.



Rauner calls on lawmakers to fix Illinois budget in State of the State address

by Associated Press

Wednesday, January 25, 2017


SPRINGFIELD, Ill.  — Gov. Bruce Rauner used his State of the State address to call on lawmakers to work with him to resolve Illinois’ budget crisis, saying both parties agree something needs to change.


The Republican delivered the speech to a joint session of the Illinois General Assembly on Wednesday.


Rauner says any deal to end Illinois’ year-and-a-half long state budget stalemate must include legislation to improve the business climate, such as making workers’ compensation insurance cheaper.


He says Illinois’ economy could “take off like a rocket ship” if lawmakers could agree on pro-business measures.


Rauner has insisted on those changes before he’ll sign off on a tax hike to balance the budget. Majority Democrats have resisted, saying his agenda hurts working people.


The governor says he’s heartened by a bipartisan deal the Senate is considering and the Legislature should “build on that cooperation.”


For a video of the address please click HERE.



Illinois' 100th General Assembly sworn in

By Michelle Gallardo

Wednesday, January 11, 2017 05:24PM


SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WLS) --Illinois' new General Assembly was sworn in Wednesday. Legislators face another year of budget problems as the state remains billions of dollars in debt.


From the State Capitol to the University of Illinois at Springfield, both chambers of the Illinois General Assembly took the oath of office Wednesday amidst hopes that the body's 100th session may prove more successful than the last in finally resolving the budget impasse that has plagued the state over the last year and a half.


"I believe we can grow the economy, create jobs, without hurting families," State Rep. Mike Madigan said.


Madigan handily won re-election as Speaker of the House, with only one member of his party abstaining. Outside the auditorium, demonstrators both for and against Madigan made their case.


Talks between Governor Bruce Rauner and Madigan broke down in December. Since then, the Illinois Senate negotiated a compromise which includes both income tax increases and pension reform - which they hope to bring to a vote in the coming session.


"We all need to be battle for what we firmly believe is right, but I hope the good lord grants us the wisdom to find common ground, to listen and respect to the other ideas, to come to the solution for a better future," Gov. Rauner said.


Also re-elected to his post was Minority Leader Jim Durkin, who closed his remarks by pledging to work with Mayor Rahm Emanuel to solve the gun violence that wracks the city of Chicago.


"We must take the streets back from those cowardly thugs who have destroyed neighborhoods and families. That must be done with the federal, state and local collaboration. We cannot go through another summer like we have witnessed in these past few years," Durkin said.


Mayor Emanuel was present during the House's swearing-in ceremony, but left without offering comment on Durkin's remarks.

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