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Illinois House Democrats launch new working groups addressing top issues

Rep. Deb Conroy (D-Villa Park) will chair the mental health working group for the House. Representative Lindsey LaPointe (D-Chicago), along with 10 other Representatives, will join Conroy on the mental health working group.

Four new Illinois laws could prevent opioid overdose deaths, make treatment easily available


“Treatment courts are a critical tool in our menu of options to provide alternatives to incarceration in a way that holds people accountable while getting at the root causes of crime which are often addiction, mental health issues, and trauma,” said Rep. Lindsey LaPointe.

Northwest Siders Cared For The Dunning-Read Conservation Area For Years. Now, Upgrades Are Underway As Park District Takes Over

The Dunning-Read Conservation Area is getting new signs, connecting trails, updated benches and more native plants from the Park District, which now owns the wetlands oasis.

NASW-IL Advocacy at Work: Gov. Signs HB 4797 Expanding Telehealth Services for Students

Illinois State Senator Karina Villa and Illinois State Representative Lindsey LaPointe sponsored House Bill 4797 (HB 4797) which allows clients visiting Illinois to continue to see their home state social worker via telehealth while they are here in Illinois.

Emissions testing sites returning to Chicago

State lawmakers passed a bill signed by Governor JB Pritzker last week that requires the state’s Environmental Protection Agency to replace the two dismantled vehicle emissions testing stations in Chicago. EPA must also develop a plan on potential locations and costs by the projected opening date of October.

Illinois Democrats Deny Police-Aid Plan Was Introduced to Blunt Criticism of ‘Safe-T Act'

“We are all experiencing across the nation an uptick in violence," said the mental health program’s sponsor, Rep. Lindsey LaPointe, a Chicago Democrat, adding that survivors and first responders "are carrying the biggest burden of this crisis.”

Illinois Democrats’ plan seeks to divest from Russian debt

“This is not a situation where we can sit back and ignore what’s happening,” Chicago Democratic Rep. Lindsey LaPointe said of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s Feb. 24 invasion of its neighbor. “It is now time for us to do what we can here in Illinois.”