State of Illinois Archives: on Families & Children

Tammy Duckworth: Airports should all have 'lactation rooms' for breastfeeding

When Rep. Tammy Duckworth began traveling with her infant daughter, frequent flights from her congressional district in Illinois to Washington presented a new challenge: finding a suitable space to breastfeed in airport terminals.

After realizing that many airports fell short in providing breastfeeding mothers with privacy and comfort, Duckworth is now leading the fight for mom-friendly airports--recently introducing a bill, the Friendly Airports for Mothers (FAM) Act, that would require all major U.S. airports to provide private "lactation rooms."

"We made progress in recent years by requiring employers to provide new mothers a private place other than a bathroom for nursing. This is a crucial step, but what about the breast-pumping mother who travels?" Duckworth wrote in a recent op-ed.

The legislation also requires that the areas are accessible for moms with disabilities. If passed, the mandate gives airports two years to comply.

Source: TK coverage of 2016 Illinois Senate race May 27, 2015

Pat Quinn: Birth to Five Initiative: prenatal care & early learning

Our state actually leads the nation in the number of three year olds attending pre-school. But the status quo is not enough. Not even close. The reality is, more than a third of our youngest and most vulnerable children don't have the opportunity to attend early learning programs before they enter kindergarten. And that's unacceptable. At-risk children who don't receive early childhood education are: Scripture tells us, "Where there is no vision, the people perish." That's why today I'm calling for a bold Birth to Five Initiative that will be focused on three keys to a healthy child: prenatal care, access to early learning opportunities and strong parent support.
Source: 2014 State of the State speech to Illinois legislature Jan 29, 2014

Alexi Giannoulias: Strongly supports the Paid Parental Leave Act

Alexi strongly supports the Paid Parental Leave Act, which provides federally employed parents four weeks of paid leave to spend at home with a new child. This takes a first step toward universal paid leave so that working families no longer must choose between a child and a paycheck.
Source: 2010 Senate campaign website,, "Issues" Dec 25, 2009

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