|Illinois State Senate District 7|
| Assumed office|
| Current term ends|
January 12, 2013
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.
Steans serves 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, 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 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|
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
- ↑ 2010 Illinois General Election Results
- ↑ 2010 Illinois Primary Election Results
- ↑ Illinois Senate election results for 2008
- ↑ Steans Campaign Donors
- ↑ "Illinois Chamber of Commerce, Northeast Illinois Legislative District Maps, July 29, 2009
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