On February 28th, 2017 State Representative Carol Ammons was hosted by the University of Illinois Alumni Association to celebrate the University's 150th anniversary. Check out the video here. Representative Ammons touched upon important topics such as her role in representing the interests of students and the role students have in staying engaged in politics. Additionally, because of the timing of the speech she brought in Black History Month and the very blatant disparities in education within minority communities. As a representative from Illinois she expanded on how she hopes to represent all students and especially underrepresented communities.
On Monday March 13th, State Senator Scott Bennett and Representative Carol Ammons will be hosting a joint town hall update to discuss upcoming legislation and the status of the budget along with answering questions from constituents. The town hall will be from 5 - 6:30pm in Carpenter's Hall, 402 S Duncan Rd Champaign, IL 61821.
On January 23rd, Representative Ammons held a discussion with Representative Nekritz regarding the impact of court fines and fees on the community. The report published by the state commission highlights how the addition of new fees and fines to fund government expenses which creates barriers to justice and penalizes low income individuals. As a result, this also contributes to a cycle of poverty and increased risk of recidivism. Check out the task force report to learn how state government should work to combat this crisis in the criminal justice system:
Join Representative Nekritz (57th District) and me in a community discussion of the recently released report, Findings and Recommendations for Addressing Barriers to Access to Justice and Additional Issues Associated with Fees and Other Court Costs in Civil, Criminal, and Traffic Proceedings.
Representative Nekritz served on the state commission, the Statutory Court Fee Task Force, that recently released the report. The Task Force, created as part of the Access to Justice Act, has issued its findings, including legislative recommendations for addressing barriers to access to justice and additional issues associated with fees and other court costs in civil, criminal, and traffic proceedings. The report found, for example, that court fines and fees are constantly increasing and outpacing inflation. The report highlights how county authorities can add new fees and fines to fund government expenses, and, as the report’s title implies, this creates barriers to justice which penalize low-income individuals and can also contribute to a cycle of poverty and increased risk of recidivism.
Monday, January 23, 2016
Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center
202 S Broadway, Urbana