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Holmes: Transit, municipalities and schools benefit in new capital construction plan signed by governor

holmes 032119Aurora, Ill. – State Senator Linda Holmes looks forward to infrastructure improvements locally and statewide after Gov. JB Pritzker signed the $45 billion “Rebuild Illinois” capital funding plan into law today.

“We will finally be able to upgrade our roads, bridges, freight and passenger rail, transit, airports and waterways – which creates good jobs in our communities,” Holmes said. “Having dedicated resources for horizontal and vertical infrastructure projects means this is not just a one or two year plan, but a means for continual modernization.” 

The list of appropriations set for the 42nd District includes $100 million for the Regional Transportation Authority to extend Metra train service beyond Aurora into Kendall County, bringing public transit to the fastest growing region in Illinois.

“I’ve met so many people who drive in to the Aurora Metra station because there’s no alternative, and I’m so pleased this project will be able to provide better access and reduce highway congestion for commuters,” Holmes said.

Projects included in the capital plan include infrastructure and building improvements for the municipalities of Montgomery, North Aurora, Oswego and Aurora; Fox Valley Park District; and School Districts 129 and 131. It also provides funds to area human service facilities that provide substance abuse treatment and support, homeless services, domestic and sexual violence healing and shelter, and support for Spanish-speaking families.

“These are long-overdue projects our communities have needed for years,” Holmes said. “I told our local officials I would advocate for this funding to fix and build for our growing region’s needs, and I’m pleased to be able to deliver.”

From the higher education system’s appropriations budget is $6.68 million to the Illinois Math and Science Academy in Aurora for renovation of residence halls and other capital improvements. IMSA continues to draw more students from throughout the nation and the world for its science, technology, engineering and mathematics programs.

Locally and statewide, some projects will begin as soon as design and engineering phases are complete; other projects will be funded over the next few years. New funding approaches mean projects will continue to be funded as needed each year going forward.

Holmes pleased as adult-use cannabis legislation signed into law

marij disp 062519SPRINGFIELD – A measure to legalize adult-use cannabis in Illinois, co-sponsored by State Senator Linda Holmes (D-Aurora), was signed into law today by Gov. JB Pritzker. Holmes released the following statement on the law that allow cannabis sales to adults to begin Jan. 1, 2020:

“I believe legalizing adult-use cannabis is the right move for Illinois. The legislation is comprehensive in covering my concerns about prohibiting access to young people, enforcing driving under the influence laws, addressing criminal justice and restoring communities that have endured high crime due to the illegal distribution of cannabis.

“It is obvious the associated revenue will support our general funding, pay for community reinvestment, mental health and substance abuse programs, law enforcement, and help the state pay our bills. I appreciate the governor recognizing these opportunities and making Illinois the 11th state with legal adult-use cannabis.”

Holmes praises Reproductive Health Act becoming law

holmes 013119SPRINGFIELD – A measure to modernize reproductive health law, co-sponsored by State Senator Linda Holmes (D-Aurora), was signed into law by the governor today. Holmes released the following statement:

“I am pleased the legal rights of women to make their own reproductive health care decisions has been codified into law today. While other states are stripping women’s reproductive rights and treating us like criminals, our new law reaffirms that these are legal medical procedures. Just as decisions on an individual’s choice of cancer treatment or heart surgery are their own to make, reproductive care must not be singled out and controlled by lawmakers. Women are fully capable of making all decisions related to their health care.”

Holmes: new budget means stability and progress for Illinois

holmes 060619SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Linda Holmes released the following statement after Gov. JB Pritzker put his signature on the bipartisan, balanced state budget and fair tax rates plan approved by the General Assembly:

“Illinois is on a new path to budget discipline and stability. This budget continues our progress in restoring our schools and higher education institutions, our human service programs, our public safety agencies and economic and community development efforts. It provides grants for young people to attend college, offers potential property tax relief to homeowners, and includes pro-business tax reforms and incentives for job creation.”

“I support the fair tax constitutional amendment proposal primarily because it gives voters the choice on whether to change our system or not. Every year, I sponsor legislation that takes decision-making from boards or state commissions and puts them in the hands of local municipalities, school boards and voters.

"I believe Illinoisans deserve the chance at the ballot box to consider a modern, fair tax system.”

Sen. Linda Holmes

Assistant Majority Leader Linda Holmes

Assistant Majority Leader
42nd District

Years served: 2007 - Present

Committee assignments: Agriculture (Vice-Chairperson); Commerce and Economic Development (Chairperson); Executive; Labor; Local Government (Vice-Chairperson); Telecommunications & InfoTechnology.

Biography: Elected to the Senate in 2006; born March 16, 1959, in Chicago; received a bachelor's degree from the National College of Education (now National-Lewis University); First woman president of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry; Full-time state legislator.

Associated Representatives:
Barbara Hernandez
Stephanie A. Kifowit