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Munoz hosts Back to School Health Fair

Published: Tuesday, August 13, 2019 04:12 PM

munoz fair 081319MCKINLEY PARK – Assistant Majority Leader Tony Munoz (D-Chicago) hosted a health fair at Arturo Velasquez Institute on Saturday to help families prepare for the upcoming school year.

Over 100 families participated in the event that offered vision exams, physicals, vaccinations, dental exams, free school supplies and more.

“It can be difficult for single parents or parents who have more than one job to get all of the services their children need before the school year begins,” Munoz said. “That’s why we wanted to bring all these resources together to create a one-stop-shop for families.”

 

Crowe named co-chair on new Property Tax Relief Task Force

Published: Tuesday, August 13, 2019 02:49 PM

prop tax house 072219SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Rachelle Crowe will serve as a strong voice for Metro East residents as co-chair on Illinois’ new state task force, to study how to relieve the burden of high property taxes, the Glen Carbon Democrat announced today.

“I’m looking forward to researching property taxes and reporting back with comprehensive solutions,” Crowe said. “This burden affects the majority of adults in Illinois, and I commend my colleague and friend, Senator Andy Manar, for passing this legislation.”

The Task Force will make recommendations for the development of administrative, electoral, and legislative efforts at property tax relief.

“This task force is one of the first steps in that process and I’m confident that by bringing Democrats and Republicans together to talk about this issue, we’ll be able to work together to find the solutions we need,” State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) said.

In addition to lawmakers like Crowe, the Department of Revenue and the Governor’s Office of Management and Budget will also work together on the task force.

The initiative was created by Senate Bill 1932, in a unanimous vote in both the House and Senate. The task force’s first report is due Dec. 31, 2019.

Cunningham’s measure to prevent noise and air pollution signed into law

Published: Tuesday, August 13, 2019 12:34 PM

cunningham 030719SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Bill Cunningham’s legislation that would prohibit diesel trucks from idling excessively in residential areas was signed into law by Gov. JB Pritzker last week.

Senate Bill 1256 will prevent diesel trucks over 8,000 pounds from idling for more than a total of ten minutes in an hour if the vehicle is within 200 feet of a residential area in Cook County.

Cunningham credited Cook County residents living near a trucking yard for bringing the issue to his attention. The residents identified persistent noise and air quality issues with the trucking yard, located near the corner 119th St. and Central Park Ave. in Merrionette Park, that needed to be addressed. 

“People in my district are tired of dealing with endless noise and air pollution in their neighborhoods,” said Cunningham, a Democrat who represents portions of Chicago and the southwest suburbs. “This legislation is a direct response to their concerns and I’m proud to have brought some relief on this issue to my constituents.”

The measure will take effect January 1, 2020.

Morrison law to study potential threat of microplastics

Published: Tuesday, August 13, 2019 12:32 PM

microplastics 081319SPRINGFIELD – A proposal by State Senator Julie Morrison (D-Deerfield) to study the potential threat of microplastics was signed into law on Friday by Gov. Pritzker.

“While the prevalence of microplastics is well known, the potential environmental and human health effects are not yet fully understood,” Morrison said. “With increasing levels of plastic being found in our waterways, it is of even greater importance to reduce consumption of plastics whenever possible.”

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