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Manar: Illinois needs healthy mix of projects in capital plan

Sen. Andy Manar

SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Andy Manar on Wednesday joined a coalition of labor, higher education and health care advocates in calling for vertical construction projects to be included in a comprehensive statewide infrastructure plan.

“Illinois needs cranes on campuses and bulldozers at building sites. Construction projects signal that Illinois is open for business,” said Manar, a Bunker Hill Democrat who is leading conversations in the Senate about statewide construction priorities.

“Highway and bridge repairs are vitally important, but any statewide infrastructure plan has to balance those priorities with our need for new schools, modern hospitals and 21st century college facilities. There has to be a healthy mix.”

The newly formed Build Up Illinois coalition comprises groups and associations representing K-12 school districts, community colleges, universities, the Illinois hospital system, the Illinois AFL-CIO and affiliated building trades.

Parks Day in Illinois

Parks DayToday is Parks Day in Illinois! Each year, the Illinois Association of Park Districts hosts a day of action at the Capitol along with nearly 50 park districts, forest preserves, conservation, and recreation agencies to provide lawmakers with information about the services they offer to thousands of Illinoisans every day. These services include child care, health and wellness initiatives, recreational facilities, and education.

This is the 18th Annual Parks Day that the Illinois Association of Park Districts has organized. This year’s theme is “Open Space Lands Acquisition and Development – A Legacy for Future Generations”. Open Space Lands Acquisition and Development (OSLAD) is a program funded by state grants and local funds to provide assistance to communities looking to develop land into parks and green spaces. Exhibitors emphasize OSLAD’s local fund-matching to state lawmakers so that the program can be considered for future grants.

“Park, recreation, and conservations agencies have a tremendous, positive impact on health and wellness; they help to grow the economy, and they create a better quality of life for the citizens of Illinois,” said Peter Murphy, President of the Illinois Association of Park Districts.

State Senators from every part of Illinois stopped by their local park districts to hear about the services they provide to their districts.


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ISP invites senators for mock evidence collection event

Illinois State Police Forensic Science Center

CHICAGO – Lawmakers joined members of the Illinois State Police at the Forensic Science Center earlier this week to learn about its evidence collection process.

State senators Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) and Elgie R. Sims, Jr. (D-Chicago) were among those in attendance.

In December 2018, ISP implemented the Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) to use new developments to assist in the delivery of complete, accurate and timely crime scene evidence collection and forensic laboratory analysis.