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Illinois female senators form bipartisan caucus

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WSIL -- Illinois' women state senators are forming a new bipartisan caucus.

Women senators on both sides of the aisle made the announcement Thursday morning.

They say they already talk to each other about a lot of important issues facing families in Illinois.The new caucus just formalizes that process.

They say one thing they've noticed is women senators tend to get along with each other better, regardless of party, which they say can only help our state. 

"Anytime that women come together on both sides of the aisle and share their ideas, what they come forward with, what they end up with is a product, a policy product that is more collaborative and quite frankly much easier to pass," said Sen. Karen McConnaughay, R-St. Charles. 

They say they plan to focus a lot on issues that are important to Illinois women in particular -- in the workplace, at school, and at home.

"Look through history," said Sen. Heather Steans, D-Chicago. "When you get women really mobilized, you get them sitting at the table, they solve problems together and big thorny problems."

All female senators are invited to join the women's caucus.

They say they're modeling their caucus off the Congressional Women's Caucus in Washington DC, which has several big legislative accomplishments, including the Family and Medical Leave Act.

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