Governor Pat Quinn today issued the following statement urging the Illinois Senate to pass House Bill 8, which provides job protections for working pregnant women. The bill has passed the Illinois House and recently passed out of the Illinois Senate's Executive Committee.
"I salute bill sponsors Representative Mary Flowers and Senator Toi Hutchinson for their hard work on this important legislation.
"As we approach Mother's Day, I urge the Illinois Senate to vote in favor of this bill to protect Illinois' expectant mothers.
"While many moms-to-be continue working long into their pregnancies, part-time and full-time employers should provide reasonable accommodations on the job.
"This legislation will ensure all working pregnant women are guaranteed a supportive work environment without worrying about their baby's safety.
"Protections under House Bill 8 will ensure healthier women and babies, and a stronger workforce across our state."