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Koehler, Hunter highlight Illinois Works Bid Credit Program

CHICAGO – State Senators Dave Koehler and Mattie Hunter are highlighting the Illinois Works Bid Credit Program, a key component of the state's comprehensive strategy to enhance equity and access in capital construction employment through the Illinois Works Jobs Program.

“Illinois’ greatest asset is its people, and through the Bid Credit Program, the State of Illinois is providing incentives to contractors who hire within our world-class workforce,” said Koehler (D-Peoria). “The Illinois Works Jobs Program is essential to promoting diversity and increasing opportunity for Illinoisans throughout the state.”

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Belt helps secure funding to address rural nursing shortage

EAST ST. LOUIS – To address the nursing shortage rural communities are currently facing, State Senator Christopher Belt helped secure $150,000 in funding for nursing student scholarships at McKendree University.

“In order to end the nursing shortage in smaller communities, we need to hone in on incentives and other investments that shine light on this career path,” said Belt (D-Swansea). “Nurses are essential in our hospitals, and we cannot afford to continue seeing declining numbers of them.”

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Electic vehicle charging station

Stadelman announces $44 million in grants for public electric vehicle charging infrastructure

SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Steve Stadelman is announcing $44 million in grants is available to bolster public electric vehicle charging infrastructure across the state.

“These grants present a remarkable opportunity to enhance Illinois’ infrastructure while simultaneously reducing our carbon footprint,” said Stadelman (D-Rockford). “Investing in public EV charging infrastructure is not only essential for supporting electric vehicle adoption but also for fostering economic growth and sustainability in our communities.”

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Sound of the State: Sens. Toro, Castro and Hastings

Sound of the State: Expanding access to IVF in Illinois

As lawmakers in several states work to make it harder for people seeking to start or grow their family with assisted reproductive technology, State Senators Cristina Castro, Natalie Toro and Michael Hastings joined the Sound of the State to discuss three bills they’re working on to protect and expand access to these services in Illinois.

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