Cunningham ISPSPRINGFIELD – State Senator Bill Cunningham advanced a measure in the Illinois Senate that makes it easier for callers to reach 9-1-1 from hotels and businesses during an emergency on Thursday.

“This initiative will help ensure a quick response during times of an emergency,” said Cunningham, a Democrat who represents portions of Chicago and the Southwest Suburbs. “We are removing barriers that hinder people from calling 9-1-1 and making it easier for first responders to locate the caller.”

Under current law, multi-line telephone systems require dialing "9" or another number to reach an outside line. Places like businesses, hotels and government buildings use these systems to handle two or more calls coming in at the same time. Under the new law, MLTS vendors and manufacturers must configure new systems to support direct dialing 9-1-1.

The goal of this legislation is protect people and specifically children. In 2013, a women was killed in a hotel room by her estranged husband. Her daughter attempted to call 9-1-1 four times, but the calls never went through because the hotel’s multi-line telephone system required her to dial “9” before making an outbound call.  Illinois will follow suit with other states who have already passed this legislation.

House Bill 5502 will also update regulation on multi-line systems to provide accurate information about the caller’s location within a building or complex. Far too often, large hotels or complexes use multi-line systems and it is difficult for emergency response to get an exact location on the caller. This ensures people who need help during an emergency are able to be located by first responders.

“This legislation will save lives and could save your child’s life,” Cunningham said. “I want to thank the Illinois State Police for bringing this issue to our attention.”

House Bill 5502 passed the Energy & Public Utility Committee on Thursday and awaits further consideration before the full Senate.

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Cunningham Budget

SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Bill Cunningham provided the following statement after hearing the governor’s budget address Wednesday:

“The governor has presented a responsible budget plan that pays the state’s bills and meets our pension obligations. This fiscal stability will help allow the state’s economy to continue to grow.”

“The budget address is the first step in the budget negotiation process. I will be involved in the process over the next several months to make sure working families are put first.”

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Cunningham Evergreen ParkEVERGREEN PARK – The Evergreen Park Public Library will receive nearly $10,000 in grant money to provide the community with vital education resources thanks to support from State Senator Bill Cunningham.

“Libraries are necessary in giving access to knowledge,” said Cunningham, a Democrat who represents portions of Chicago and the southwest suburbs. “The funding granted to Evergreen Park Library will help it continue to provide a safe learning space for our community.”

The funding is allocated to libraries across the state to make upgrades, assist with the development of the local workforce and ensure the library stays open safely for families. The grant is comprised of both state and federal dollars.

“In a time with so many uncertainties, access to a library should remain a constant,” Cunningham opined. “I will never stop fighting for funding that benefits our children and working families.”

For a full list of libraries receiving a grant, click here.

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Senator Bill Cunningham

SPRINGFIELD – Illinoisans will be able to register for online sports betting apps just in time for the NCAA March Madness basketball tournament thanks to a law championed by State Senator Bill Cunningham.

“Online registration is coming back for good,” said Cunningham, a Democrat who represents portions of Chicago and the southwest suburbs, who was the chief senate sponsor of the bill. “It’s time to give people a better opportunity to place sports wagers, and I’m glad we were able to do so by March Madness.”

Current Illinois sports betting law allows online sportsbooks and online wagering on mobile devices via apps, but it does not allow for online registration. Illinois residents have to visit one of the brick-and-mortar casino locations for registration. However, under the new law, Illinoisans will be able to complete online registration on any of the six online sportsbook platforms starting March 5, 2022.

In addition to the official March 5 date for online registration, fans of Illinois sports will have the chance to place a wager on Illinois college teams. Wagers on Illinois college teams will be limited in scope as they can only be placed at a brick-and-mortar location and live-game wagering will be removed to protect players.

“Many legislators received complaints earlier this year from constituents who were upset they could not wager on the Illinois-Loyola second-round matchup in the NCAA tournament,” said Cunningham. “This law is not only good for Illinois sport bettors, it is good for the fiscal health of our state.”

In its first full fiscal year of operations, sports wagering in Illinois generated approximately $380 million in adjusted gross receipts. At the 15% tax rate, $57 million in tax revenues was collected. Revenues from this tax are transferred to the Capital Projects Fund, which is used to finance statewide road and public building construction projects.

House Bill 3136 takes immediate effect.

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