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Link: If striking teachers aren’t getting paid, neither should administrators

Published: Monday, October 27, 2014 10:26 AM

Link-flagWith the Waukegan teachers strike headed for a fourth week, State Senator Terry Link said he’s looking into proposing a state law that would force administrators to go without pay whenever schools shut down because of contract disputes.

Waukegan School District 60 teachers have been on strike since Oct. 2. Negotiations have stalled, resulting in school closures for 17,000 students.

“Perhaps administrators would be more interested in resolving this situation if they had more skin in the game,” said Link, a Waukegan Democrat. “Superintendents shouldn’t collect their salaries for showing up and turning on the lights when the classrooms are empty.”

A Safe Place in Zion receives AT&T Investing in Illinois Award

Published: Wednesday, October 22, 2014 11:05 AM

ATT Award RZION - AT&T Illinois yesterday announced A Safe Place in Zion as the winner of an “AT&T Investing in Illinois Award.”

A Safe Place receives public recognition and a contribution of $2,000 from AT&T to be used for housing services for victims of domestic violence which includes shelter, transitional and permanent housing.

Illinois State Senator Melinda Bush and State Representative Sam Yingling nominated the organization for the recognition from AT&T Illinois.  

Delgado helping to ‘Bridge The Gap’

Published: Monday, October 20, 2014 03:14 PM

BridgetheGap1Senator William Delgado (D-Chicago) joined U.S Senator Dick Durbin and U.S. Representative Danny K. Davis at the UIC forum in Chicago to discuss disparities in health care access in Illinois. Bridging the Gap: Emerging Health Issues in Underrepresented Minorities, was hosted by the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System.

“It’s extremely important that every individual in Illinois has access to health care, regardless of who he or she is or where he or she comes from,” Delgado said. “We have to take any and every opportunity to keep addressing this issue and continue the discussion.”

Delgado has long been acknowledged as a leading voice for providing health care in under serviced communities.

Throughout his time in the legislature, Delgado has fought to ensure that all residents of Illinois receive access to adequate health care.  As the former Chair of the Public Health Committee and part of working groups through which he fought to restore short sighed health care cuts and expand services to underserved populations.

Delgado discussed measures the General Assembly has passed to expand healthcare access in Illinois for minorities and low income households.

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Senator Collins’ $21.5 million METRA Project to serve Auburn Gresham

Published: Wednesday, October 15, 2014 02:51 PM

20141014 Photo Collins QuinnCHICAGO — State Senator Jacqueline Y. Collins (D-Chicago 16th) stood with   Governor Pat Quinn and other high-ranking officials on Saturday to announce the building of a new South Side Metra stop on the Rock Island Line. This project is the culmination of a 5-year effort in which Senator Collins lobbied, fought and advocated for the $21.5 million in state capital funds. “The people of Auburn Gresham and adjoining communities deserve this opportunity; the opportunity for job creation, community engagement and economic development,“ said Collins.

Located on 79th Street, the Auburn Park station will connect Metra’s Rock Island Line to the busy 79th Street bus route. The 79th Street bus line is the city’s busiest, and the project will finally connect this vital transit artery via Metra to points north, south and southwest.

“The Auburn Park Metra station will be more than an added convenience to commuters. This station holds the promise of economic rebirth for this area and it is a crucial step in the direction of equalizing infrastructure investment across all our communities,” said Collins.

Construction of the station is expected to begin in the spring of 2015. Metra’s Rock Island District Line extends from LaSalle Street in Chicago to Joliet. “Access to transit and economic development are two of the catalysts needed for continued recovery in the neighborhoods I represent,” Collins said. “It is always an honor to serve as a voice for my communities, and I have high hopes for this exciting investment we have secured.”

Other partners and supporters included Alderman Latasha Thomas (17th Ward), Rev. Michael L. Pfleger (Faith Community of St. Sabina), Carlos Nelson (Greater Auburn Gresham CDC), Representatives Mary. E. Flowers (D31) and Andre Thapedi (D32) and Congressman Bobby Rush.

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