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State Rep. Mary Flowers has been a strong and passionate voice for our children, seniors, unemployed and those in need of critical health care.
Serving in a number of roles in the Illinois House to strengthen and improve Illinois' health care system, Flowers has fought to make sure those who need health care the most receive it. She helped to ensure the passage of the law implementing the Affordable Health Care Act in Illinois, providing health care access to hundreds of thousands of the neediest and sickest Illinois citizens who were previously uninsured. Flowers has worked to help the state save hundreds of millions of dollars and provide needed assistance to health care providers by leveraging federal funding for health care.
A fierce advocate for women's rights in their health care decisions and in the workplace, Flowers helped to pass Illinois' Equal Pay Act, prohibiting employers from denying equal pay to women for doing the same jobs as men. Flowers knows working mothers shouldn't have to choose between their children and keeping their jobs, which is why she spearheaded a law to ensure that expectant mothers are treated fairly and equally by requiring employers to make reasonable workplace accommodations so expectant mothers can continue to do their jobs while maintaining healthy pregnancies.
Flowers has fought to provide our children with the best education. Though she knows Illinois still has much more work to do, in the face of fiscal challenges and budget cuts in recent years, Flowers passed state budgets that increased needed funding for our schools and avoided drastic cuts to needed health care services. For too many students, gang violence, drug dealers and dangerous streets stand between them and their education. To help give students greater safety to and from school, Flowers passed a law requiring the Chicago Public Schools to provide free transportation for students who walk along safe passage routes.
We hear about violent shootings at schools and communities across the country, but they happen right in our own neighborhoods. To crack down on the use of dangerous weapons, Flowers voted to outlaw firearms in schools and to ban military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. She will keep fighting to pass laws that make our neighborhoods safer for our children and families.
To strengthen our neighborhoods, Flowers passed legislation to encourage the State Treasurer to deposit funds in banks located in minority communities and to increase loans to minority-owned and minority-operated businesses. She also served on the Inventorying Employment Restrictions Task Force aimed at identifying and removing barriers to employment in low-income communities. Flowers also led the movement to rename Calumet Expressway after Bishop L. Ford. The Bishop L. Ford Highway became the first expressway in Illinois named after an African American.
Prior to serving in the Illinois House of Representatives, Flowers held a position at the University of Chicago and served as a volunteer for former state senator, congressman and Chicago mayor Harold Washington. Flowers attended Kennedy King Community College and the University of Illinois-Chicago. She is married and has a daughter and granddaughter.
Flowers serves the 31st Representative District, which includes portions of Burr Ridge, Chicago, Chicago Ridge, Countryside, Hodgkins, Hometown, Palos Hills, and Willow Springs.
Awards and Honors:
The ACLU recognized Flowers for passing House Bill 8 during the 98th General Assembly. The new law requires employers to provide reasonable accommodations to women who are pregnant or dealing with medical conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth.
Access Living also honored Flowers for her work to preserve funding for the Medicaid program for Fiscal Year 2015.