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Mayfield Responds to Vista Hospital Loss of Trauma Designation

WAUKEGAN, Ill. — State Rep. Rita Mayfield, D-Waukegan, is reacting with outrage after Vista Medical Center East in Waukegan had its trauma center designation revoked on Friday, following the failure of its owners to properly manage it. “Waukegan is a low-income, working-class community that is now without a trauma center hospital,” Mayfield said. “This is …

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Mayfield Passes Emergency Vehicle Safety Law in Honor of Waukegan Resident Killed by Ambulance

WAUKEGAN, Ill. – Ambulances and other emergency vehicles will be required to take additional steps before crossing red-light intersections under a law championed by state Rep. Rita Mayfield, D-Waukegan, following the death of a Waukegan man struck and killed by an ambulance last year. “We can all understand why an ambulance transporting a patient to …

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Mayfield Passes Law Requiring Creation of Statewide Literacy Education Plan

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) will be required to create a statewide literacy plan by early 2024 under a newly-effective law sponsored by state Rep. Rita Mayfield, D-Waukegan. “Education is the cornerstone of the economy and every other initiative important to our communities—and literacy, in turn, is the cornerstone of …

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Mayfield Bill Banning Housing Discrimination Based on Dog Breed Becomes Law

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – A bill by state Rep. Rita Mayfield, D-Waukegan, protecting homeowners from discrimination at the hands of insurers on the basis of the breed of a pet dog, has become law after being signed by Gov. J.B. Pritzker. “Breed-based discrimination is wrong because the ideas it rests on have been thoroughly debunked and …

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Mayfield Champions Compassionate, Responsible Budget Focused on Public Safety

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Illinois has a new state budget that adds focus to public safety efforts while still prioritizing both fiscal responsibility and compassion, thanks in part to the leadership of state Rep. Rita Mayfield, D-Waukegan, who chairs the crucial Appropriations-Public Safety Committee. “Each of us is all too familiar with the pressing issues impacting …

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Mayfield Passes Bill Establishing Statewide Literacy Plan

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) will soon be required to consult with stakeholders as it develops and adopts a comprehensive statewide literacy plan for students in K-12 schools, under a bill passed by state Rep. Rita Mayfield, D-Waukegan. “We all know how important literacy is,” Mayfield said. “Sadly, we’ve all …

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Mayfield Passes Bill to End Dog Breed Discrimination by Insurers

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – State Rep. Rita Mayfield, D-Waukegan, recently passed a bill that protects dog owners from housing discrimination based on the breed of dog they own. Breed-based discrimination by can lead to higher prices and even to difficulty in finding affordable housing based on outdated and biased beliefs about what breeds are “dangerous.” “Nobody …

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Vote For Your Favorite Mexican Restaurant

Shout Out Your Favorite Mexican Restaurant For a Chance To Win! On May 4th, a drawing will be held to win a free lunch with Rep. Mayfield in celebration of Cinco De Mayo. Complete the form below to enter, making sure to specify your favorite in district Mexican restaurant. All fields are required. Entries are …

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Mayfield Promotes Insurance Equity for Ex-Convicts

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – State Rep. Rita Mayfield, D-Waukegan, is aiming to promote reduced recidivism with a measure that would prevent insurance companies operating in Illinois from engaging in discrimination, denying coverage or charging higher premiums to applicants or insured people based on their status as a formerly convicted person. “Once a convicted person has served …

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Mayfield Promotes Insurance Equity for Ex-Convicts

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – State Rep. Rita Mayfield, D-Waukegan, is aiming to promote reduced recidivism with a measure that would prevent insurance companies operating in Illinois from engaging in discrimination, denying coverage or charging higher premiums to applicants or insured people based on their status as a formerly convicted person. “Once a convicted person has served their …

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Mayfield to Highlight Public Safety, ‘Kitchen Table’ Issues Through Committee Work

WAUKEGAN, Ill. – State Rep. Rita Mayfield, D-Waukegan, will continue to be a champion for improved public safety measures as well as taking the lead on ‘kitchen table’ issues like education, insurance, energy, and utilities; after being named to join or lead several influential House committees. “Everyday Illinois families need an advocate in Springfield, and …

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Mayfield Statement on Passage of SAFE-T Act Clarification Bill

WAUKEGAN, Ill. – After a successful vote during the Legislature’s annual Veto session, state Rep. Rita Mayfield, D-Waukegan, is celebrating the passage of a bill clarifying certain language in the 2021 SAFE-T Act which sets up its last provision, the Pre-Trial Fairness Act, to take effect Jan. 1. “The initial version of the SAFE-T Act was, …

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Community responds with support in wake of Jewish cemetery vandalism

The vandalism at a Waukegan Jewish cemetery has prompted a quick response from the city and continued condemnation of the hate crime from the community. About 40 tombstones at the Am Echod Cemetery were defaced with red spray paint, including more than a dozen stones that were painted with red swastikas. The vandalism at the …

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Gun Safety Report Card A+

“We congratulate you on receiving an A+ on the Gun Violence Prevention Action Committee’s 2021 Gun Safety Report Card and to thank you for being a Gun Safety Champion. The Gun Safety Report card awards grades to legislators on an A-F scale, with an emphasis on the historic Block Illegal Gun Ownership (BIO) and Fix …

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City, state representatives call for complete removal of coal ash from Waukegan power plant

The representatives gathered at Waukegan City Hall for a news conference Monday to address heightened environmental concerns surrounding a coal plant owned and operated by Midwest Generation, a branch of New Jersey-based power company NRG Energy. While the plant’s coal-fired units were shut down in June, two coal ash ponds — pools of toxins that …

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