domestic violence

Daisy Contreras / NPR Illinois

Survivors of domestic violence who want to change their name might get additional protections under a new Illinois proposal. 

Current law says a name change must be published in a local newspaper, but the new measure would allow someone to submit a waiver and keep the change away from public records. 

Sara Ghadiri, a Chicago attorney who does pro bono work assisting survivors of domestic violence, says there are many instances where survivors don’t feel safe even after leaving an abusive relationship.  

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Saturday is the last day for cosmetology professionals and teachers in Illinois to renew their licenses before the next cycle.

Renewal requirements include certain continuing education, but domestic violence training is not yet on the list. Those requirements start next year, but they still haven’t been explicitly outlined. 

Mary Ellen Schaid directs Safe Passage in DeKalb. She says the group already gave presentations to several local schools and salons on what to do if a client confides in them about domestic violence.

A recent murder in Sycamore is bringing attention on domestic violence within the community.

37-year-old Lidia Juarez of DeKalb was found dead in her car outside the Illinois Department of Human Services, where she worked. Her estranged husband -- and a suspect in her death -- was killed in a shootout with police Friday afternoon.

DeKalb County records show Antonio Juarez violated an order of protection earlier this year.

State of Illinois

Illinois has entered its 22nd month without a real budget. Among the state services most affected by the political fight are those that help victims of domestic violence.

Illinois doesn’t spend a lot of money fighting domestic violence — it’s way less than a tenth of a percent of the state budget. But since last summer, it’s spent nothing.

Vickie Smith represents 62 providers across Illinois. She says some groups have laid people off; others are about to.

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All 11 Democratic congressmen from Illinois have signed a letter to Gov. Bruce Rauner demanding that he restore funding to domestic violence shelters.

Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Rock Island, initiated the letter, which was sent Friday, after an Associated Press report showed that funding for a domestic-violence program was omitted from a temporary budget last summer.

The Department of Human Services waited nearly six months to alert providers.

Bustos is serving her third term in the U.S House and is considering opposing Rauner for governor in 2018.

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