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Senate Democrats to vote to keep your gas dollars in your community

gastax 0616Millions of dollars in gas taxes that local motorists pay would be freed up in order to pay for local road projects and other needed construction. Those funds are part of a greater measure aimed at funding capital programs for IDOT, including road and transit, in a stopgap funding measure under consideration in the General Assembly this week.

Of the $1.4 billion total funds in the proposal for IDOT Operations, $582.5 million comes from the Motor Fuel Tax fund. That money is deducted from every transaction at the gas pump and goes to pay for costs such as road salt, snowplow and other equipment repair, patching potholes and other road projects and maintenance that occurs on an annual basis.

Bertino-Tarrant plan to help veterans start a business gets governor’s approval

jbt vetloanSPRINGFIELD— Legislation that will help veterans become business owners was signed into law Friday by the governor. 

Senate Bill 324, sponsored by Bertino-Tarrant, will create a program at the Illinois Finance Authority that would allow veterans to apply and receive a business loan. The program will be similar to agribusiness and farming programs administered by the State Treasurer.

“Despite having leadership abilities and valuable skills from their time in the service, fewer and fewer veterans have the opportunity to go into business for themselves,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “We need to have programs in place that help veterans become business owners. This initiative is a key part of giving our veterans the resources they need to own a business, create jobs for others and fulfill their potential.”

Haine visits Impact CIL to discuss effects of budget impasse

haine 062316 1ALTON – State Senator Bill Haine (D-Alton) continued his tour of human service agencies on Wednesday by visiting Impact CIL in Alton to see how the budget impasse continues to affect human service agencies and the citizens of his district.

Impact CIL, an organization that helps the disabled, currently has a sign posted on its front door that reads, “Due to the state budget impasse our office will be closed on Fridays until further notice.” A step inside and the employees and Executive Director Cathy Contarino will give testament to just how dire the situations is.

Collins urges Southside parents to attend meetings on lead in water

water fountainCHICAGO – State Senator Jacqueline Y. Collins (D-Chicago 16th) is encouraging Southside parents and anyone concerned about lead found in drinking water at three 16th District elementary schools to attend meetings being held this week to discuss the problem. She also urged a speedy House vote on legislation the Senate passed last month to require lead testing in schools and improved communication with the public in the wake of the preventable drinking water disaster in Flint, Michigan.