State Sen. Daniel Biss

A bill headed to the governor’s desk would help protect students who take out loans.

The “Student Loan Bill of Rights” requires lenders to explain repayment options to struggling borrowers as well as inform graduates how their loan could be forgiven under certain circumstances. It’s sponsored by Sen. Daniel Biss, D-Skokie, who says the bill also sets up a student-loan ombudsman in addition to a state licensing regime for student-loan servicers.

"If we see a servicer not doing what they ought to be doing, we can pull that license and send them out of business," he said.

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Legislation aimed at reducing the cost of workers' compensation insurance for Illinois employers has won Senate approval.

One measure sponsored by Evanston Democratic Sen. Daniel Biss creates a government insurance company to compete in the policy-writing market. It was approved 32-20 Friday. It goes to the governor.

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A proposal brought by a Democratic gubernatorial candidate to provide taxpayer matching funds for small contributions to political hopefuls has won Illinois Senate approval.

It was the second attempt by state Sen. Daniel Biss for such legislation. The Evanston Democrat failed to win a majority earlier this month.

The plan of SB1424 would match contributions of $25 to $150 with taxpayer money. The match would be six times the amount of the contribution.

State Sen. Daniel Biss wants to beat Bruce Rauner in next year’s gubernatorial election. 

However, the Evanston Democrat doesn’t blame all of the state’s problems on the Republican incumbent. At a Champaign event, he said the Democrats who came before Rauner didn't fix what he considers an unfair tax system. 

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A Democratic State Senator from Evanston is running for governor. Daniel Biss announced live on Facebook today that he is a candidate, then took questions from viewers.

Biss has served in the Illinois legislature since 2011, first in the House and now in the Senate.

He has been an outspoken critic of Republican Governor Bruce Rauner, leading a PAC called “Leading Illinois For Tomorrow.” It paid for millions of dollars in advertising trying to link Rauner with then-candidate Donald Trump in the minds of voters.

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