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Four CPD officers remembered at Police Memorial Ceremony

Police Memorial

Each year, law enforcement officers from across the state come to the Illinois State Capitol to pay tribute to officers who were killed in the line of duty during the previous year. The annual event is usually at the Police Memorial statue on the Capitol lawn, but inclement weather put this year’s ceremony in the State Library.

“Their spirit lives on in each of us, within all the officers that are continuing to fight for us and protect us. Thank you for your sacrifice,” said Senator John Mulroe (D-Chicago) at the ceremony. “And to the families, you weren’t a part of the job, but we know the sacrifices you’ve made as well.”

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.