Keyless entry vehicleSPRINGFIELD – To keep up with new technology used in car thefts, State Senator Ann Gillespie (D-Arlington Heights) passed legislation to modernize criminal law relating to possession of burglary tools.

“Car thefts are becoming more frequent and sophisticated with advances in technology,” Gillespie said. “We must provide the legal remedies that law enforcement need to take down these increasingly organized rings of car thieves.”

House Bill 601 modernizes the definition of the possession of burglary tools offense to include devices designed to unlock or start a vehicle without a key and devices designed to capture or duplicate a signal from a key fob. Car thieves have exploited new technology that can pick up the RFID signal from a key fob at a distance, allowing a victim’s vehicle to be unlocked or stolen even while the fob remains in their home. According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau, Illinois saw a 13% increase in car thefts from 2019-2020.

House Bill 601 passed the Illinois Senate and awaits further consideration in the Illinois House.

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Senator GillespieSPRINGFIELD – To improve conditions at nursing homes across Illinois, State Senator Ann Gillespie (D-Arlington Heights) passed legislation in the Illinois Senate to reform how the state assesses and reimburses nursing facilities, and link funding to staffing levels and quality of care.

“After record investments in public health during the COVID-19 pandemic, many of Illinois’ long-term care facilities willingly remain understaffed,” Gillespie said. “Tying funding to adequate staffing and quality of care will bring an enhanced level of accountability and improve care given to residents.”

Read more: Gillespie passes historic nursing home reform to improve staffing and care

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Senator GillespieSPRINGFIELD – State Senator Ann Gillespie (D-Arlington Heights) passed legislation in the Illinois Senate on Wednesday to remove barriers to justice for survivors of sexual assault.

“Survivors deserve a justice system that supports them during one of the most difficult times of their lives,” Gillespie said. “This measure removes a loophole that should never have existed and allows survivors to seek justice.”

Read more: Gillespie, Walker strengthen consent laws for survivors of sexual assault

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Senator GillespieSPRINGFIELD – Building upon their commitment to pass a balanced budget that benefits communities across the state, the Illinois Senate Democratic Caucus unveiled a $1.8 billion tax relief plan to put money back in people’s pockets – including a proposal sponsored by State Senator Ann Gillespie (D-Arlington Heights).

“Homeowners need help and this plan delivers direct relief to them,” Gillespie said. “As we continue to build an equitable recovery, working people across the state will see tangible relief on multiple fronts.”

Read more: Gillespie: Pay it Forward tax relief plan prioritizes working families

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