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Gillespie appointed to workforce development board

Published: Wednesday, December 11, 2019 04:11 PM

gillespie 103119ARLINGTON HEIGHTS – State Senator Ann Gillespie (D-Arlington Heights) will join members of business, education and labor in overseeing an employment grant program, she announced today.

As a member of the 21st Century Employment Grant Program Advisory Board, it will be Gillespie’s duty to help oversee the progress of grant recipients, track gainful-employment rates of participants and monitor industry trends to determine where employment gaps can be filled.

“Equipping people with the professional and technical skills for jobs in their area will revitalize regional industries and uplift thousands of working class people,” Gillespie said. “Adults seeking employment and young people looking for low-cost alternatives to higher education will now have opportunities to receive hands-on training in a variety of fields.”

Board members include representatives from the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, Department of Labor, State Board of Education, organized labor, industry leaders, educators and bipartisan House and Senate appointees.

The 21st Century Employment Grant Program, introduced by Senator Gillespie, awards funds to high schools and community colleges that establish regional partnerships with workforce development organizations, manufacturers, health care service providers and innovative technology businesses. The state-funded grant will also be supplemented by private contributions.

The 21st Century Employment Grant Program is effective on Jan. 1, 2020.

Gillespie celebrates increase in skilled job training enrollment

Published: Thursday, October 31, 2019 09:19 AM

gillespie 103119SPRINGFIELD –State Senator Ann Gillespie (D-Arlington Heights) celebrated the Illinois State Board of Education’s (ISBE) announcement that career and technical education (CTE) enrollment has increased.

Citing the first funding increase to CTE programs in over five years, ISBE announced that CTE enrollment has increased by nearly 5,000 students since 2016. Gillespie says it is vital to train more Illinois workers for in-demand, specialized jobs.

“Career and technical education programs offer an affordable alternative to higher education that train students with tangible, hands-on work skills,” Gillespie said. “Increased investments in workforce development will prepare young people for success and ensure that employers have an educated workforce with the skills necessary for their respective industries.”

Gillespie announces Routes 14 and 53 construction projects

Published: Tuesday, October 22, 2019 01:54 PM

sidewalkconst 102119ARLINGTON HEIGHTS – State Senator Ann Gillespie (D-Arlington Heights) announced that the Illinois Department of Transportation’s five-year Highway Improvement Program includes major projects for U.S. Route 14 and Illinois Route 53.

U.S. Route 14 between Smith Rd. and Hicks Rd. will receive over $1.1 million for repaving and accessibility improvements for people with disabilities. Three other projects are outlined for U.S. Route 14 in the coming years, potentially including new crosswalks, bridge repair and new left turn lanes.

Illinois Route 53 will receive $1.1 million to repair the bridge near Sunset Park in Rolling Meadows. Three other projects are outlined for Illinois Route 53 in the coming years.

Palatine Rd. between Williams Dr. and Alison Dr. will receive $800,000 for general repairs.

“Commuters use Northwest Highway and Route 53 every day. They are some of the most-used roads in our community,” Gillespie said. “Now that the bipartisan, statewide construction plan is becoming a reality, major roadways across the state will improve and drivers will begin to see savings on vehicle maintenance.”

The program will invest $23.5 billion in improving and expanding roads and bridges throughout Illinois. Projects outlined in the plan will cover 4,212 miles of roadway and 9.2 million square feet of bridge deck statewide between 2020 and 2025.

Gillespie streamlines social worker licensing process

Published: Tuesday, August 27, 2019 10:24 AM

Sen. Ann GillespieARLINGTON HEIGHTS – Students seeking a master’s degree in social work will be able to take their licensing exam sooner thanks to a new law introduced by State Senator Ann Gillespie (D-Arlington Heights).

“Students of social work will now be licensed upon graduation and able to apply for jobs sooner,” said Gillespie. “Our state is facing a social worker shortage, so this new law will allow us to mitigate that much quicker.”

Senate Bill 1888 allows students in a master’s program for social work to take their licensing exam in their final semester. Before this amendment, students needed to wait until after their degree was awarded.

Sen. Ann Gillespie

Sen. Ann Gillespie

27th District

Years served: 2019–Present

Committee assignments: Appropriations I; Commerce and Economic Development (Vice-Chairperson); Education; Government Accountability/Pensions; Insurance; Judiciary; Oversight Medicaid Mang. Care, Spec; Subcommittee on Civil Rights (Sub-Vice-Chairperson); Subcommittee on Firearms (Sub-Vice-Chairperson).

Biography: Lifelong resident of the Northwest suburbs. Full-time state legislator. Retired from health care industry. Bachelor's degree in history from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign; law degree from DePaul University College of Law. Mother of two adult children, Kevin and Gillian. Resident of Arlington Heights since 1991.

Associated Representatives:
Thomas Morrison
Mark L. Walker