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  • Holmes’ push for building redevelopment heads to governor

    holmes 053116SPRINGFIELD – Looking to continue parts of a successful building redevelopment program that will help repurpose an unused power station in Aurora, State Sen. Linda Holmes pushed for legislation that passed the General Assembly without opposition Sunday.

    “The River Edge Redevelopment Zone program was designed to help developers take old, unused property and renovate it to meet today’s needs,” Holmes said. “We’re simply making sure developers have enough time to make use of these incentives. I urge the governor to sign this and extend the cost-sharing provisions to continue support for an important project.”

    Sen. Holmes and Aurora-area state Reps. Linda Chapa LaVia, D-Aurora, and Stephanie Kifowit, R-Oswego, sponsored the legislation, which extends the expiration date of some cost-sharing arrangements under the development program.

    “This legislation is an example of how the State and the City of Aurora can work together to continue the redevelopment of the downtown," Kifowit said. "The proposed developments will revitalize the city's core and surrounding neighborhoods and I'm happy to see this legislation passed.”

    Developers hope to use it to help replace an old power station in downtown Aurora with a residential development along a 33-acre stretch along the Fox River.

    “The plan is to move the downtown substation and replace it with a residential development that will create high-paid construction jobs, enhance the quality of life in Aurora and bring in additional property tax revenues,” Holmes said.

    “The recession hit shortly after this portion of the River Edge Redevelopment Zone Act was passed and Aurora needs more time to complete possible residential projects in the downtown area,” Chapa LaVia said.

    The relevant section of the law was set to expire in July of 2017, but the measure would extend it to August 1, 2020.

    The legislation is Senate Bill 321. It must be signed by the governor to become law.

  • Holmes’ push for unused power station becomes law

    holmes consolSPRINGFIELD – Looking to continue parts of a successful building redevelopment program that will help repurpose an unused power station in Aurora, the governor signed legislation by State Sen. Linda Holmes today.

    “The River Edge Redevelopment Zone program was designed to help developers take old, unused property and renovate it to meet today’s needs,” said Holmes, D-Aurora. “I appreciate the governor signing this into law. It’s going to make sure developers have enough time to make use of these incentives for an important project.”

    Sen. Holmes and Aurora-area state Reps. Linda Chapa LaVia, D-Aurora, and Stephanie Kifowit, R-Oswego, sponsored the legislation, which extends the expiration date of some cost-sharing arrangements under the development program.

    Developers hope to use it to help replace an old power station in downtown Aurora with a residential development along a 33-acre stretch along the Fox River.

    The relevant section of the law was set to expire in July of 2017, but the measure would extend it to August 1, 2020.

    The legislation was Senate Bill 321.

  • Murphy will seek to override Rauner’s veto of Senate Bill 321

    murphy 031717SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Laura Murphy (D-Des Plaines) plans to file paperwork to override the governor’s veto of Senate Bill 321, which would require the auditor general to audit the Medicaid managed care program that is run through the Department of Healthcare and Family Services.

    “I am very disappointed that Gov. Rauner put a multibillion dollar industry before the needs of taxpayers and Medicaid recipients,” Murphy said. “This legislation would ensure that Medicaid managed care organizations meet its contractual requirements, provide the best service possible to recipients, and that our tax dollars are being wisely spent.”

    Performance audits can only be conducted at the request of the General Assembly or the Audit Commission and generally take one year to complete. The auditor general completes financial audits yearly and compliance audits every two years for most agencies.

    “The governor’s veto is evidence that he is protecting this multibillion dollar industry,” Murphy said. “It raises the question – what is he hiding?”

    Senate Bill 321 passed both chambers unanimously.