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The Conference of Women Legislators (COWL) has established a scholarship fund to assist mature women (age 25 and older) who wish to continue their undergraduate education.  The goal of the scholarship is to focus on deserving, qualified women whose educations were interrupted due to family concerns and economic problems.  Particular consideration will emphasize women who have shown leadership promise through community service.  

The one year undergraduate scholarship will cover tuition, books and fees up to $2500 per year, including summer school.  Applicants for the scholarship must meet certain requirements to be eligible.  In addition to being a woman 25 years of age or older, she must be an Illinois resident and plan to attend an accredited on-campus school in Illinois for at least six semester hours (online college are not eligible).  

Copies of the forms are attached but all scholarship application instructions and forms may be downloaded from the COWL website

Application materials must be postmarked no later than April 15, 2016 to be considered and all applicants will be notified by May 31, 2016. COWL Scholarship Program is for the 2016-2017 Academic Year.
Rep. David Leitch was honored to serve as "Guest Reader" at Kellar Primary School in Peoria on February 3, 2016.

Springfield, IL… State Representative David Leitch (R-Peoria) issued the following statement following Governor Bruce Rauner’s second State of the State Address on Wednesday.

“I applaud the Governor for striving to solve difficult problems.  Without a doubt, his call for pension reform, government procurement reform, transitioning our human service delivery system to more community-based services, and substance abuse treatment for our prison population as a way to reduce recidivism are all critical reforms needed in Illinois government,” said Rep. David Leitch.

Leitch continued, “the elephant in the room is how we finally get a budget.  It’s urgent that the state pass a budget and set a positive tone for this year.  I’m especially concerned about the most vulnerable people who are paying the price for the budget impasse. Hopefully, that topic will be covered in far greater depth following the Governor’s Budget Address next month.”

For more information about this issue, please contact Rep. Leitch’s office at 309-690-7373.
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SPRINGFIELD… State Representative David Leitch (R-Peoria) was honored on Monday, December 14th with the President’s Award from the Community Behavioral Healthcare Association (CBHA) in recognition of his advocacy on mental health and substance use issues. 

“This recognition was awarded to Rep. Leitch by the CBHA Board of Directors as the first time the award has been presented since 2008,” said CBHA CEO Marvin Lindsey.  Mr. Lindsey went on to say that Rep. Leitch has been an, “unwavering clear voice in the Illinois Legislature who has unselfishly enriched the lives of countless men, women, families and the community and state.”

Peoria, IL September 25th, 2015 —Human Service Center won an AT&T* “Investing in Illinois Award” for its non-profit work to help people in Illinois.   Human Service Center will receive $2,000 from AT&T to be used to provide comprehensive mental health and substance abuse services.

“There are great non-profit organizations improving lives in Illinois.  By supporting these organizations, we’re strengthening the communities we serve,” said Jeff Adducci, external affairs manager, AT&T. 


State Representative David Leitch nominated Human Service Center for the recognition from AT&T Illinois.   The AT&T “Investing in Illinois Awards” provide resources and recognition to organizations and programs that improve lives in their communities and the state. They’re advancing education, economic growth, new technologies and other essential community services.

The company also highlighted Digital You, its new resource to help tech beginners of all ages. It helps them with the basics of using a smartphone or tablet, keeping online information private and secure. It also helps users with disabilities activate accessibility features through training resources and tip sheets.

Digital You offers Digital Compass, a free interactive game developed by Common Sense, to teach 6- 9th graders about the real-world impact of their online choices.

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PEORIA… “If this helps save the life of even one student- it’s worth it and will help raise mental health awareness on college campuses in Illinois,” said Mike Predmore in emotional committee testimony in March in support of HB 3599, sponsored by State Representative David Leitch (R-Peoria).  HB 3599 creates the Student Optional Disclosure of Private Mental Health Act.  Under provisions of the act, students would be provided the opportunity to pre-authorize in writing the disclosure of certain private mental health information to a designated person.  Rep. Leitch designed the bill in reaction to the tragedy encountered by Kim and Mike Predmore of Bartonville.  The Predmore family tragically lost their son, Chris, to suicide.  Mike Predmore urged passage of the bill in testimony presented in the Judiciary-Civil Committee in March. 

Rep. Leitch announced today that HB 3599 and another bill he sponsored to improve mental health services, HB 3753, were signed by the Governor this week.

“I met with the Predmore family in January after their son had committed suicide as a freshman at ISU. They, 
like many Families dealing with a loved one with mental health issues, recognize what’s happening and believe 
they could have intervened, as they often have many times in the past. Privacy laws prevented them from 
knowing of their sons’ crisis,” Leitch said.  “The law enables students to preauthorize universities to release 
information to parents if they are having a problem.”

A second bill sponsored by Leitch this Spring to increase mental health services for older Illinoisans was also signed by Governor Rauner this week.  HB 3753 would integrate mental health services for older adults in primary care medical settings.  “Often, mental health issues for older adults are identified at a much lower rate than other adult populations.  Undiagnosed mental illness for older adults is a huge problem in our care delivery system.  OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria is already moving this direction, but this bill would authorize the Illinois Department of Aging to enact the same protocols,” said Leitch.

HB 3753 was supported by AARP, the Community Behavioral Health Association of Illinois, Illinois Coalition on Mental Health & Aging, Illinois Association of Area Agencies on Aging, as well as the Illinois Department of Aging. 

Rep. Leitch can be reached at his Peoria Legislative Office at 309-690-7373.