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The Majority Report 10/25/19 - Gov. Pritzker announces historic Rebuild Illinois Plan


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Gov. Pritzker announces historic Rebuild Illinois Plan

Sen. Andy Manar

SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Governor JB Pritzker joined State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill), officials from the Illinois Department of Transportation and other state leaders last week to unveil IDOT’s Multi-Year Improvement Program to improve road and bridge projects across the state. The Multi-Year Plan is the highlight of Governor Pritzker’s Rebuild Illinois Program and marks a historic investment in Illinois infrastructure.

The capital infrastructure plan, which will invest $23.5 billion in improving and expanding roads and bridges, is more than double the size of the previous year’s Multi-Year Plan. Projects outlined in the plan will cover 4,212 miles of roadway and 9.2 million square feet of bridge deck statewide over the next six years.

“All together, these road and bridge projects will create and support hundreds of thousands of jobs over the next five years for hardworking Illinoisans in every part of our state,” said Governor JB Pritzker. “Illinois has some of the most important roads in America – let’s make them outlast and outperform those across the nation.”

Manar led negotiation efforts on behalf of the Illinois Senate Democratic Caucus. Continue reading.

 


Crowe holds hearing on state's approach to opioid epidemic

Sen. Rachelle Crowe

SPRINGFIELD – Members of the Senate’s special committee on Opioid Crisis Abatement held their first meeting under the leadership of State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon).
“There is a tremendous need for new ideas and research to combat Illinois’ opioid crisis,” Crowe said. “This committee’s goal is to produce real, comprehensive solutions.”

Jennifer Epstein, Director of Opioid Initiatives with the Department of Public Health, testified to the committee, giving feedback and status updates on the implementation of the State of Illinois’ Opioid Action Plan (SOAP) 2018 report. Continue reading.

 

 

 

 


Senate gets update on diversity in state pension funds

State Pension FundsCHICAGO – Increased diversity among financial services contractors that work with state pension funds was the subject of two days of Senate hearings last week.

State Senator Iris Y. Martinez (D-Chicago) chaired the hearings, during which Deputy Gov. Dan Hynes and representatives of state, county and local municipal pension funds testified about the importance of accountability and the need for diversity of minorities and women from the top down.

“Some pension systems are doing much better than when we started these hearings, but it’s clear we still need to improve diversity across the board,” Martinez said. “We have a lot of great minority and women-owned firms here in Illinois that deserve an opportunity, and they’re just not getting it.” Continue reading.

 


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