051920210454 rSPRINGFIELD – Those who manage pension boards in Illinois will be subject to a one-year ban on working for the entities they once managed thanks to legislation sponsored by State Senator John Connor (D-Lockport) that was signed into law Friday.

“The goal of this legislation is make sure that pension board members are not tempted to put their own interests above those of taxpayers in this state,” Connor said. “When billions of dollars are in play, we need to hold those managing the funds to a high standard.”

House Bill 3004 prohibits board members of a pension fund, investment board or retirement system from being employed by the pension fund for 12 months after serving on the board. The legislation adds such positions to the state’s existing revolving door policies in an effort to prevent conflicts of interest. The legislation was carried by Representative Mark Batinick (R-Plainfield) in the House.

“I am happy to work with Senator Connor to pass this important legislation,” Batinick said. “HB3004 will bring necessary ethics reform and transparency to pension boards in our state. This bill is one small step toward a more ethical Illinois.”

The law will go into effect Jan. 1, 2022.

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pexels mídia 4116220 rSPRINGFIELD – A new law sponsored by State Senator John Connor (D-Lockport) and State Representative Dagmara Avelar (D-Bolingbrook), signed Friday, will give vehicle owners the right to choose less expensive parts for car repairs.

“I was proud to work with Representative Avelar on this issue,” Connor said. “This law will save Illinois consumers money when they have to repair or purchase parts for their cars.”

Currently, automobile manufacturers are able to require affiliated independent dealerships to only offer secondary products and warranties directly from the manufacturer. These requirements often drive up the cost of warranties, repairs and parts, placing excessive financial burdens on consumers and creating greater profit for manufacturers. Under the new law, dealerships will be able to offer parts made by other companies.

“Simply put: more choices are better for Illinois consumers,” Connor said.

The law, originally House Bill 2435, will go into effect Jan. 1, 2022.

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052420210071 rSPRINGFIELD – A new law sponsored by State Senator John Connor (D-Lockport) and signed Friday will require businesses to provide a toll-free number, email address, or postal address to ensure that consumers are able to cancel automatically renewing services easily and quickly.

“Getting into automatic renewal contracts is like quicksand—it is much easier to enroll in them than it is to cancel them,” Connor said. “My goal is to put an end to predatory business practices, and making it easier to cancel subscriptions will help customers.”

In addition to requiring companies to provide several different ways to cancel auto-renewing services, the new law also requires businesses to notify consumers in writing of the automatic renewal clearly and conspicuously in the contract, including the cancellation procedure.

“Illinoisans should be able to easily choose when to start and stop paid services,” Connor said. “I’m glad to put more power back into the hands of consumers.”

House Bill 3955 takes effect Jan. 1, 2022.

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051220210426 rSPRINGFIELD – All service officers and supervisors for the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs will be required to be honorably discharged veterans under legislation sponsored by State Senator John Connor (D-Lockport) signed into law Friday.

“When our servicemen and women are coming to the VA looking for assistance, we need to be sure that they are able to work with someone who has been in their shoes and who is best able to give them the help they deserve,” Connor said. “By putting our veterans in touch with others who have honorably served, we are putting them on a path for success.”

Under current law, only service officers are required to be honorably discharged veterans. This legislation is an initiative of the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs that codifies the existing practice that supervisors and field managers meet the same standard.

“We owe so much to the men and women who serve our country,” Connor said. “This is one small way that we can ensure that they have the resources they need and deserve.”

The legislation will go into effect Jan. 1, 2022.

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