Debbie Meyers-Martin

Meyers-Martin Passes Bill to Increase Transparency in Towing Industry

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Illinois Commerce Commission will post administrative citations against towing companies thanks to legislation passed by state Rep. Debbie Meyers-Martin, D-Matteson.

“There are too many bad actors in the towing industry that are abusing consumers with aggressive and sometimes illegal practices,” Meyers-Martin said. “By shining a light on these shady practices, we’re discouraging bad behavior while also protecting Illinois consumers.”

House Bill 3707 directs the Illinois Commerce Commission to publish the disposition of administrative citations against safety relocators on its website. By making these citations public information, municipalities and members of the public can easily access customer complaints and identify the companies that regularly violate the law and hurt consumers.

“I am grateful for the partnership of the towing industry for their cooperation in coming to an agreement on this legislation, as well as the hardworking staff at the Illinois Commerce Commission for helping to get this bill across the finish line,” Meyers-Martin said. “There is still much work to be done to protect Illinois consumers, and I am committed to pushing for laws and policies that work for all Illinoisans.”

House Bill 3707 passed the House with bipartisan support. For more information on Meyers-Martin’s legislative agenda, please visit ilga.gov

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Meyers-Martin Pushes for Increased Funding for Governors State University

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — As the Illinois General Assembly continues its yearly budget negotiations, state Rep. Debbie Meyers-Martin, D-Matteson, is pushing for increased funding for Governors State University, which serves thousands of students in Chicago’s south suburban area.

“Governors State University plays an essential role in the education of students in the Chicagoland area, and makes higher education more affordable and accessible for many students across the region and around the world,” Meyers-Martin said. “Illinois is a state that values higher education and the increased opportunities it brings, and Governors State University is no exception to this rule.”

Governors State University received the lowest total operational appropriation from the state of Illinois in comparison to the state’s other public universities. The appropriation remained stagnant at around $23.4 million in fiscal years 2022 and 2023. The proposed appropriation for fiscal year 2024 only increases the university’s appropriation by a mere 7 percent.

“Governors State University deserves more state support that it receives, plain and simple,” Meyers-Martin said. “As a state, we can do much better by this institution so it can continue to provide its students with a high quality education, and its faculty and staff with valuable employment.”

“When we choose to invest in higher education, we’re choosing to invest in the people of this state,” said state Rep. La Shawn Ford, D-Chicago. “Governors State is a gateway for opportunity, and by securing additional resources we can help more people achieve the future they want and deserve.”

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