Sen. Tammy Duckworth Introduces New Bills For Working Families, Responds To Abandoned Baby Found In Alley

Steve Miller
May 10, 2019 - 7:07 pm

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Prosecutors say a 16-year-old girl gave birth 10 hours before the baby was brought to a Chicago fire station Tuesday. The mother and the 17-year-old father were in court today — on attempted murder charges.

The boy's mother is charged with lying to authorities.

This afternoon, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth said there should have been more outreach. Senator Duckworth announced a new package of bills she's introducing to help families.

Afterward, she was asked about the Chicago teenagers accused of trying to murder their own newborn son.

"Anytime a young couple gets in a situation where they're having to make that decision, all sorts of things have failed them," Duckworth said. "I'm just so thankful that the baby was saved and that the baby is doing well."

She said this instance shows the city needs more support for childcare and working families. 

"We need more support for young folks who have become pregnant and have children," she said. "I think this is a whole commentary on the nature of where we are in this country today. We also need to do better outreach so they should have known there was help for them if they needed it."

Senator Duckworth said the bills she has just introduced are aimed at helping make things better for working families. The package of bills aim to make workplaces more family-friendly, improve childcare services, make it easier for low-income and middle-class families to obtain diapers for their children and close loopholes that prevent many educational support staff from being able to take medical leave through the Family Medical Leave Act.