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Kotowski’s plan to prevent flooding and create local jobs signed into law

Published: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 04:15 PM

“This measure offers resources to cities, villages and towns that will prevent home flooding, improve water quality and create 28,000 local jobs.” - State Senator Kotowski

UrbanFloodingRSPRINGFIELD – State Senator Dan Kotowski’s (D-Park Ridge) plan that would expand the types of water control and water quality projects the state can fund was signed by the governor today.

“This measure offers resources to cities, villages and towns that will prevent home flooding, improve water quality and create 28,000 local jobs,” Kotowski said. “In light of recent floods throughout Illinois, it is especially critical that we fund projects to improve stormwater treatment.”

Delgado celebrates grant presentation at Josephinum Academy

Published: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 02:56 PM

Josephinum072314Senator William Delgado (D-Chicago) joined AT&T Illinois President Paul La Schiazza, Representative Cynthia Soto and Alderman Joe Moreno today at the presentation of a $60,000 grant from the AT&T Foundation to the all-girls school Josephinum Academy.

“I’m proud to see that companies like AT&T are taking the initiative to provide support for the children in our communities,” Delgado said. “We are facing some of the toughest issues ever in Chicago. Our young women need a quality education, and our schools need programs that go the extra mile.”

Josephinum Academy plans to use the grant to establish a Summer Bridge Program to help incoming freshman transition to high school by taking them on educational field trips, team building and academic enrichment courses. Returning students will also benefit from the grant by being offered internships in the Summer Enrichment Program and college visits.

“The staff at Josephinum Academy does a wonderful job at preparing students for college and beyond,” Delgado said. “They serve such a diverse group of young women and are able to develop them academically and personally.”

During the presentation, Delgado and elected officials present were given the opportunity to discuss education, leadership and civic responsibility with members of the Josephinum Ambassador Council.

$1.1 billion for Illinois roads, bridges and highways

Published: Tuesday, July 22, 2014 05:01 PM

roadconstructionRSPRINGFIELD – Illinois’ roads, bridges and highways are going to receive a substantial upgrade in the form of $1.1 billion in increased state investment for transportation infrastructure maintenance and improvement. Sponsored by State Senator Toi Hutchinson (D – Chicago Heights) and signed into law this morning, Senate Bill 3224 is a key part of Illinois’ transportation redevelopment project.

“Our state desperately needs the proper resources to improve our transportation infrastructure,” Sen. Hutchinson said. “With this law, we can make Illinois known for having one of the safest and most streamlined road systems in the nation.”

Senator Bush applauds new local government accountability law

Published: Tuesday, July 22, 2014 01:42 PM

001Bush007cRSPRINGFIELD – Senator Melinda Bush today applauded the governor for signing a local government transparency and accountability proposal into law. The proposal, which Bush co-sponsored in the Senate, enables county boards to adopt a code of conduct ordinance for county appointees.

In Lake County, there are 57 different appointed boards and commissions. They include the Metra Board, Pace Board, fire protection districts, zoning boards, mosquito abatement districts, drainage districts, merit commissions and more. Under the new law, Lake, McHenry, Kane, Will and DuPage counties would all be able to create codes of conduct.

“We need to create a culture of accountability for county appointees and make our expectations clear for these positions of public trust,” Bush said.

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