As State Representative, I was proud to be the chief co-sponsor of H.B. 1805, which changes the age to be an organ donor from 18 to 16, allowing a 16-year-old to be included in the first-person consent Organ and Tissue Donor Registry. This bill also allows the parent or guardian of the donor to amend or revoke the anatomical gift of the donor’s body. It is estimated that this legislation could add an additional 350,000 people to the Illinois Organ and Tissue Donor Registry and help save countless lives all across Illinois.
The office of the Illinois Secretary of State needs to be brought into the digital era to help reduce wait times for services. As Secretary of State, it will be my goal to start building the foundational technologies our state needs to thrive. I will focus on partnering with the brightest innovators and technology experts this state has to offer. Working with them will allow us to develop and implement new technology and innovative services that streamline processes, reduce wait times, and at the same time, protect your personal data.
By developing more services directed towards older Illinoisans, the Secretary of State’s office will be able to run more efficiently. From express service lanes at S.O.S. facilities, to more mobile services for seniors at senior centers statewide, to exploring a 2- or 4-year renewal process for our seniors, the success of the Secretary of State’s office begins with them.