Barbara Flynn Currie
Chicago, IL 60615
(773) 667-3010 (fax)
Springfield, IL 62706
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State Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie is the first woman Majority Leader in the history of the General Assembly. As the second ranking official in the House of Representatives, she works closely with legislators from both parties and all regions of the state to address the challenges facing Illinois.
Rep. Currie's legislative accomplishments include sponsorship of the Illinois Freedom of Information Act and the Illinois Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), recently passing a law to expand the EITC to reward more working families. She has fought to protect those who blow the whistle on corrupt public officials, toughen revolving door prohibitions on former state employees and prohibit sexual harassment in the workplace.
Currie has passed laws making it easier for Illinois residents to vote by allowing online voter registration and same-day voter registration, protect juvenile court records, prevent the abuse of nursing home residents, improve child-support enforcement and expand the protections of the Equal Pay Act to prevent discrimination in the workplace.
Many Illinois workers in the private sector face uncertainty about their retirement security due to a lack of retirement plans available to them, like 401(k)s or pensions. To help give workers the peace of mind they need, Currie passed a new law requiring Illinois businesses with at least 25 employees to offer retirement savings plans to their workers, making it easier for employees to save what they'll need for a more secure retirement. The Secure Choice Savings Program will allow more than 2 million workers who previously did not have access to retirement savings plans at work to participate in an IRA.
Currie graduated with honors from the University of Chicago, where she also earned a master's degree in political science. She serves on the board of directors of the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois and is a member of the Hyde Park Kiwanis Club, the League of Women Voters, Women United for South Shore and the Sierra Club.
Rep. Currie has two children and four grandchildren. Her late husband, David P. Currie, was the Edward H. Levi Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago Law School.
Currie represents the 25th District, which includes parts of the Chicago neighborhoods of Woodlawn, South Shore, Hyde Park, Kenwood and South Chicago.
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