The sexual exploitation of children is a serious problem with profound and devastating consequences for its victims. Legislation supported by Representative DeLuca
provides law enforcement with additional means to pursue child pornographers.
House Bill 2670 removes the statute of limitations for the prosecution of those who film, videotape, photograph, or use a computer to depict a child under 18 years of
age or a severely or profoundly mentally retarded person engaging in sexual acts. Such acts will be considered crimes of violence and eligible for harsher
punishment. In addition, parents or legal guardians will be permitted to testify about the impact the crime had on their children.
As Illinois faces the most severe economic downturn in nearly 80 years, it is essential that lawmakers support policies that will reduce unemployment and put people
back to work. Representative DeLuca gave his full backing to Illinois Jobs Now!, a new statewide $31 billion construction program that will rebuild deteriorating
roads, bridges, rail lines, schools and other public buildings. Most importantly, this economic recovery initiative will create and retain more then 439,000 jobs
over the next six years.
Representative DeLuca supports a new law, Public Act 95-0773, which establishes the Domestic Violence Surveillance Program. Offenders who violate an order of
protection could be ordered to wear a GPS tracking device while on bail, as a condition of their probation, or upon release from custody.
Representative DeLuca supports programs that help seniors to stay in their own homes, but when they make the decision with their families to choose an assisted
living or retirement facility, they shouldn’t have to worry about being safe.
To protect older adults in nursing homes from criminals, DeLuca supports a new law, Public Act 95-0079, which requires criminal background checks for employees
who provide direct care to seniors in assisted living and shared home facilities.
Representative DeLuca backed legislation that passed the General Assembly, Senate Bill 2046, to encourage employers to hire veterans who served in Operations
Desert Storm, Enduring Freedom, or Iraqi Freedom, by providing a 10% tax credit (up to $1,200) on the wages paid to veterans.
In the wake of scandals in the administrations of former Governors George Ryan and Rod Blagojevich, the General Assembly worked in 2009 to pass a sweeping set of
government reform bills – the most comprehensive and far reaching ethics overhaul in state history. Representative DeLuca supported measures that:
1. Strengthen the state’s Freedom of Information Act to make it easier for citizens and journalists to gain access to government documents
2. Impose reforms on the state procurement system to prevent pay-to-play politics that rip off taxpayers
3. Overhaul the operations of the state pension systems to protect taxpayers and retirees and prevent scams
4. Make it harder for legislators to approve their own pay increases, block 3% cost-of-living salary increases for elected officials, and require lawmakers to take
12 unpaid furlough days to balance the budget
5. Broaden the state Ethics Act to protect whistle blowers, impose tougher revolving-door prohibitions, and create tougher disclosure requirements for lobbyists
6. Allow voters to recall the governor in the middle of a term
In addition, a new law that went into effect on January 1, 2009 bans political contributions by those with contracts greater than $50,000 to the constitutional
officer who awarded the contract. Coupled with other reforms passed, this law drives a stake through the heart of the pay-to-play apparatus constructed by former
Governor Rod Blagojevich.