|Address||6033 N. Sheridan Road |
Chicago, Illinois , United States
|| March 28, 1945
Jan 11, 2018 04:29pm
|Info||Illinois State Senator Carol Ronen was elected to a second term in the Illinois Senate in November of 2002. She currently represents the 7th Senate District which includes the Chicago neighborhoods of Rogers Park, West Ridge, Uptown, Lincoln Square, North Center, Lake View and Edgewater. |
Prior to her appointment to the Senate in January 2000, Senator Ronen served in the Illinois House of Representatives for seven years.
Senator Ronen is Chairperson of the Senate Labor and Commerce Committee, and is also a member of the Health & Human Services and State Government Committees.
Senator Ronen's legislative priorities include: advocating for greater attention to the needs of children; improving access to health care; reducing crime and violence; and protecting human rights, including a woman's right to reproductive choice.
In recognition of her leadership and commitment to children, Senator Ronen, while serving in the Illinois House, was named the first Chair of the House Committee on Children and Youth. This committee was established in 1996 and addressed the critical problems facing children in Illinois. As a result of her work, she received the 1997 Day Care Action Council Champion of Child Care Award for advocating early childhood education, quality child-care and greater focus on prevention programs.
Senator Ronen is also an outspoken advocate for keeping tobacco away from children, and was honored with the American Lung Association's 1997 Legislative Service Award. Senator Ronen was responsible for sponsoring legislation that would grant non-home rule communities the ability to regulate tobacco sales to minors. She also introduced a bill that would amend the Illinois Clean Indoor Air Act to restore the rights of local communities to enact stronger clean indoor air laws.
Senator Ronen has fought for Illinois nurses and believes the role they play in expanding accessibility to high quality care is extremely important. She was a lead sponsor of the Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN) legislation, and led the fight to ensure the licensing of APRNs. Senator Ronen received the 1996 and 1997 Illinois Nurses Association Legislator of the Year Award.
While working closely with community groups, community policing volunteers and eviction-law experts, Senator Ronen also authored and passed legislation making it easier for landlords to evict drug dealers. Communities across Illinois have a new tool for fighting illegal drug activity and keeping neighborhoods safe.
Senator Ronen is a strong voice in the Jewish community. She sits on the Government Affairs Committee of the Jewish Federation of Chicago and is a member of the Chicago Chapter of Hadassah.
In addition to representing the 7th District in the State Senate, Senator Ronen serves as the Democratic State Central Committeewoman for the 9th Congressional District. As Committeewoman, Senator Ronen helps to shape the Illinois Democratic Party Platform and participates in the slating of candidates.
Senator Ronen holds a Master's Degree in Public Administration from Roosevelt University and a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from Bradley University. She grew up and currently resides in Chicago's Edgewater Neighborhood and is an avid Chicago Cubs fan.