|Illinois State Senate District 7|
|February 2008 - Present|
|January 12, 2013|
|Years in position||6|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 2, 2010|
|First elected||November 4, 2008|
|Next general||November 6, 2012|
|Birthday||May 8, 1963|
|Place of birth||Lake Forest, Illinois|
Steans graduated with her Bachelor's degree from Princeton University and a Master's in Public Policy from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government.
Steans is a full-time Senator. Before becoming a Senator, Steans was the Strategic Planning Director for Chicago Public Schools and the former Budget Director for the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development.
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Steans has been appointed to these committees:
- Appropriations Committee, Illinois State Senate, Chair
- Appropriations II Committee, Illinois State Senate
- Committee of the Whole, Illinois Senate
- Environment Committee, Illinois State Senate, Vice Chair
- Human Services Committee, Illinois State Senate
- Public Health Committee, Illinois State Senate
- Subcommittee on Special Issues (Human Services), Vice Chair
In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Steans served on these committees:
The Illinois Senate approved a Medicaid measure projected to save $800 million during the next five years.
House Bill 5420 would move half of the state’s 2.8 million Medicaid participants into “coordinated” or managed care between 2011 and 2015. This is a far stretch from the 195,000 participants who now are assigned to a primary “medical home.”
Lawmakers had to tighten the $14 billion state-federal health care system in December and were still hashing out the details in early January 2011.
“This is probably not a bill that any one of us on this committee would write. But that’s the nature of compromise,” said Steans. “I think where we are and what we’re going to see, though, is something that really does put the state and our Medicaid system in a much better place down the line.”
In 2014, low-income single adults will be eligible to enroll for the federal option, so all states are slated with the task of working out their end of the details. State Sen. Dale Righter said the proposal will return the “struggling” program to a safety net for the poor, instead of a catch-all for the potentially ineligible.
“It’s struggling for the people who need it the worst,” he said. “We’re talking about the people who are on the lowest rungs of the economic ladder, the people for whom access is a truly critical issue. The people who aren’t mobile. People who can’t drive two hours and take a day off because it’s not a big deal to make sure that their child can get to a medical provider.”
- See also: Illinois State Senate elections, 2012
Steans is running for re-election to the 7th District seat in the Illinois State Senate in 2012. She was unopposed in the Democratic Primary on March 20 and will be unopposed in the general election on November 6, 2012.
- See also: Illinois State Senate elections, 2010
|Illinois State Senate, District 7 (2010)|
|Heather Steans (D)||41,214||83.69%|
|Adam Robinson (R)||8,030||16.31%|
Steans was challenged by Jim Madigan in the Democratic primary election on February 2nd.
|Illinois State Senate, District 7 (2008)|
|Heather Steans (D)||55,457|
|Tom Durkin (G)||13,190|
In 2010, Steans received $412,161 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.
|Illinois State Senate 2010 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Heather Steans's campaign in 2010|
|Illinois Fairness Fund||$13,598|
|Smith, Leo A||$12,000|
|Illinois Education Association||$8,000|
|Total Raised in 2010||$412,161|
In 2008, Steans collected $322,596 in donations.
Listed below are those that contributed most to her campaign.
|Heather A. Steans||$41,750|
|Thomas Hunter III||$4,600|
|Jennifer W. Steans||$4,600|
|Illinois Trial Lawyers Association||$4,000|
|Norman R. Bobins||$3,300|
|Donald G. Lubin||$3,300|
|James W. Mabie||$3,300|
|Illinois Education Association||$2,500|
|Mark S. Hersh||$2,500|
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Steans represents Illinois Senate District 7. District 7 includes in the Chicago North Shore area in the City of Chicago and in the suburbs.
Heather is married to Leo Smith. They have three children and reside in Lake Forest, Illinois.
- Senator Steans's website
- Biography from the Illinois General Assembly
- Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign Contributions: 2008
- Stearns' facebook
- Illinois General Assembly "Senator Heather Steans"
- "Illinois General Assembly" List of Illinois Senate Committees, July 28, 2009
- "Senate passes ‘bold’ Medicaid reform; measure heads to House," Illinois Statehouse News, January 5, 2011
- Illinois State Board of Elections "Candidate List," December 5, 2011
- 2010 Illinois General Election Results
- 2010 Illinois Primary Election Results
- Illinois Senate election results for 2008
- Follow the Money - 2010 contributions
- Steans Campaign Donors
- "Illinois Chamber of * Commerce Committee, Illinois State Senate, Northeast Illinois Legislative District Maps, July 29, 2009
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