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Harmon earns excellent rating from Citizen Action

Published: Friday, September 05, 2014 09:16 AM

HarmonHeadshotRSPRINGFIELD – Citizen Action/Illinois, Illinois’ largest public interest organization, has given State Senator Don Harmon (D-Oak Park) an excellent rating for his voting record in the General Assembly over the past two years.

"Senator Harmon’s voting record for the 98th General Assembly is, without a doubt, a testament to his commitment to working families, civil rights and consumer advocacy," said William McNary, Citizen Action/Illinois’ co-director.

Citizen Action/Illinois has led campaigns for lower utility rates, fair taxes, affordable and quality health care, insurance and campaign finance reform, and stronger environmental and food safety protections. Harmon voted with Citizen Action 92 percent of the time in 2013 and 2014.

Mulroe to host 4th annual Community Resource Fair

Published: Thursday, September 04, 2014 08:21 AM

Senator Mulroe will be hosting his 4th annual Community Resource Fair September 13 in Dunham Park from 10 am until 2 pm.  The fair will feature many state, county and city agencies including: Mulroe-Fair-thmb

  • Illinois Department on Aging (SHIP Senior Health Insurance Program
  • IDOT
  • Illinois Hunger Coalition
  • Chicago Public Library
  • Northwest Side Housing Center
  • Chicago Police Department
  • Wright College
  • Regional Transportation Authority
  • Metropolitan Water Reclamation District
  • Illinois State Treasurer
  • Eisenhower Public Library
  • Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity
  • Illinois Department of Natural Resources
  • Illinois Tollway
  • Niles Public Library
  • Secretary of State
  • Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Leyden Family Services
  • Illinois Student Assistance Commission
  • Maryville Crisis Nursery
  • Illinois State Comptroller
  • Village of Niles
  • Cook County Board of Review
  • Triton College
  • Village of Harwood Heights
  • Chicago City Clerk's Office
  • Illinois Department of Employment Security
  • Chicago Fire Department
  • Cook County Assessor's Office
  • Attorney General's Office
  • Village of Schiller Park
  • Park Ridge Park District
  • Secretary of State
  • Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Leyden Family Services
  • Illinois Student Assistance Commission
  • Maryville Crisis Nursery
  • Illinois State Comptroller
  • Village of Niles
  • Cook County Board of Review
  • Triton College
  • Park Ridge Park District
  • Village of Harwood Heights
  • Chicago City Clerk's Office
  • Illinois Department of Employment Security
  • Chicago Fire Department
  • Cook County Assessor's Office
  • Attorney General's Office

The primary goal of these agencies will be to provide information on their services to the public; however some booths will also provide on-site services.  The Secretary of State will have the capabilities to renew or correct driver’s licenses and State ID cards, as well as renew license plate stickers and provide organ donor registration (applicable fees apply to these services).  The Department of Employment Security will be providing assistance with preparing resumes and resources for job seekers. Adults can inquire about unclaimed refunds on property and children can receive free ID cards .

In addition to the various agencies listed a health tent will also be on-site and providing free flu shots, osteoporosis screenings, stroke risk assessments, hearing & blood pressure screenings, medication information and much more.

Healthy cooking demonstrations, a reptile show and various music and dance performances will take place on the 2014 Fair Stage. Free refreshments, music, a rain barrel raffle, lots of giveaways, face painting, bingo and an inflatable bounce house will also be available.

“This fair is a chance for members of the community to learn about valuable state services and receive health and education information all in one location,” said Mulroe.  “I am honored to be able to provide this opportunity to the people of the 10th District.”

For a complete list of services provided by each booth, please visit www.senatormulroe.org or call  773-763-3810 for more information.

Senator Cunningham secures construction funding for Evergreen Park

Published: Wednesday, September 03, 2014 02:27 PM

evergreen-parkEVERGREEN PARK – State Senator Bill Cunningham and Evergreen Park Mayor Jim Sexton announced the Village of Evergreen Park will soon receive $700,000 from state programs aimed at park construction, road work and storm drain upgrades.

The village's new 50-Acre Park at 91st and California Ave. will receive a $500,000 state grant to establish a farm and garden program for children with disabilities, while the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency will provide Evergreen Park with $200,000 to improve city infrastructure, patch potholes and install new storm drains.

Cunningham and Sexton were joined at 50-Acre Park during the Labor Day weekend by Governor Pat Quinn to announce the awarding of the grants.

"Quality, well-maintained parks add value to the entire community," Cunningham said. "And that's particularly true when the parks provide us with much needed programs for a vulnerable segment of our population, like students with special needs.” Cunningham said. "Mayor Sexton and the residents of Evergreen Park have a truly inspiring vision for 50-Acre Park, and I'm happy to have secured state funding to help make it a reality."
 
Cunningham said that the additional road improvement funding coming to Evergreen Park is much needed given the weather-related damage to area infrastructure that has occurred after a harsh winter and rainy summer.

“The recent, widespread suburban flooding highlights the need to improve and maintain our storm water systems. This investment will have the added benefit of creating area construction jobs, which is important to note during the Labor Day holiday,” Cunningham said.

Cunningham training program rehabilitates properties, offenders

Published: Wednesday, September 03, 2014 12:00 AM

Cunningham-trng-programCHICAGO –Sheriffs and units of local governments will now have a new tool to address blighted properties, create transitional housing and reduce the number of inmates who reoffend under a new law signed by the governor.

State Senator Bill Cunningham (D- Chicago) sponsored the Neighborhood Restoration and Alternative Sentencing Act as a way to improve neighborhoods and train work-release inmates in practical, construction skills giving them a better chance at employment after completing their sentences.

“This is a unique solution that helps solve three separate problems facing communities in Illinois. It reduces the rate that former inmates reoffend because they can’t find lawful work, repurposes blighted properties and gives local governments new housing options,” Cunningham said.

The law authorizes Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart to train county work-release inmates while rehabilitating, demolishing or rebuilding claimed property. The vacant houses targeted by the sheriff's programs are located in poor communities and have been foreclosed on by a bank.

The refurbished buildings can then be used by city and county governments as transitional housing to house the homeless, mentally ill or low income families.

This program, pioneered by the Cook County Sheriff’s Office, will apply to counties across the state.

The law takes effect Jan. 1.

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