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Holmes hosts Aurora Latino business, social service leaders

holmes latino councilSenator Linda Holmes (D-Aurora) called a meeting including State Reps. Stephanie Kifowit and Linda Chapa LaVia and Latino leaders in the Aurora area to discuss everything from access to social services to the challenges facing prospective Latino-owned small business.
 
In a wide-ranging talk hosted in Sen. Holmes' Aurora office, the group's conversation touched on affordable housing shelters, assistance to the elderly, programs that support small business owners. They discussed lack of Latino management leadership in local non-profit organizations and how to build the Latino business community.
 
Participants included representatives of the Aurora-based Foundation for the Advancement of Mexican Americans, Waubonsee Community College, the Hispanic Advisory Board of Aurora and Rush Copley Hospital.

Tom Cullerton secures grant for St. Paul Outreach

TC att stpaul grantVILLA PARK- To help give more children access to quality child care, State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) nominated St. Paul Outreach, Inc. for the AT&T* “Investing in Illinois Award” for its nonprofit work.

“St. Paul Outreach is improving the lives of families throughout our district,” Cullerton said. “It’s important to make investments in organizations that have proven to strengthen our communities and enrich the lives of our children.”

St. Paul Outreach, Inc. will receive $2,000 from AT&T to be used to support its scholarship program. The AT&T Investing in Illinois Awards provides resources and recognition to organizations and programs that improve lives in their communities and the state. They’re advancing education, economic growth, new technologies and other essential community services.

PHOTO: State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) and State Representative Deb Conroy (D-Villa Park), presented a $2,000 grant check to  Sarah Friel, Debbie Lake and Karen Egan, representatives from St. Paul Outreach and Villa Park Village President Deborah Bullwinkel

Cunningham, local officials ask Congress to hold CSX accountable

cunningham csxCHICAGO—Senator Bill Cunningham (D-18th) and other local officials recently sent a letter to the Illinois Congressional delegation asking Congress to hold CSX accountable for problems in Mount Greenwood and Evergreen Park.

“Too many residents in our communities are being negatively affected by blocked grade crossing, pedestrian safety problems and idling trains which poses an environmental hazard to our communities,” said Cunningham.

CSX has promised to move a scheduled train off the Elsdon line, which runs just east of Kedzie Avenue, but Cunningham is concerned that this is just a continuation of the long back and forth that has occurred with CSX.

“This is not the first time we have had CSX make a promise. Repeatedly, we receive assurances that the problems will diminish and we are continually facing the same issues. Moving one or two trains isn’t going to fix the problem,” said Senator Cunningham.

The letter signatories who joined Senator Cunningham were State Representatives Fran Hurley and Kelly Burke, Chicago 19th Ward Alderman Matt O’Shea, and Evergreen Park Mayor Jim Sexton. The letter accuses CSX of failing to comply with at least 14 “mitigation measures” imposed on the railroad by federal regulators when the CSX acquisition of the Elsdon line was completed in 2013. Cunningham and the other local elected officials are urging the federal government to sanction CSX with fines or more strenuous regulations.

New legislation gives veterans paid time off for Veterans Day

mulroe vets holidaySPRINGFIELD – As many state and federal workers prepare for a work holiday on Wednesday to support Veterans Day, many veterans do not have the option to take the day off created in their honor. Senator John G. Mulroe (D-Chicago) is looking to change that.

“Every year, men and women who fought hard for our country’s freedom are required to work a holiday that was created specifically to honor them,” Mulroe says. “That’s just not right, and I think that as a state Illinois can better serve the people who served in the armed forces.”

Under the new legislation, veterans would have the option of taking the November holiday off if they otherwise would have had to work, receiving paid leave. Their employers would need a documented request for the absence. Only Oregon and Iowa currently have similar laws; Minnesota and the U.S. Congress are currently considering similar measures.

“This proposal is a win-win situation, because it doesn’t require a veteran to take the day off, but empowers them through state statute to do so if they wish,” Mulroe says. “We are also looking to protect the employers by placing safeguards in, making this pro-veteran and pro-business.”

Employees who are veterans would not have to take the holiday off; however, they would be required to give 30 calendar days’ notice to their employer that they intend to take the time off and would be required to provide documentation to the employer that they are indeed a veteran.

If the employer would not be able to award the time off due to significant economic or operational disruption, the employer would need to notify the employee within 14 calendar days prior to the holiday and make a good faith effort to award an alternate paid vacation day. In addition, the legislation would create a tax credit for employers for 100 percent of wages paid.

The measure was introduced in the Senate on October 20.

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