The Majority Report 08/24/20 - A call for Mercy Hospital to stay open, lawmakers join energy summit and more


Lawmakers join Energy Summit to discuss coal to solar transition in Illinois

Coal PlantCANTON — In response to recent coal plant closures around the state, State Senator Dave Koehler (D-Peoria) held an Energy Summit to discuss the future of energy policy in Illinois with Senate colleagues Michael E. Hastings (D-Frankfort), Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) and stakeholders from Vistra Energy.

One proposal, which Koehler is sponsoring and Manar is co-sponsoring, would freeze property tax rates on coal, gas, and nuclear plants at pre-closure rates for a total of five years, ensuring local governments and school districts a consistent source of revenue in the short term. Additionally, it would provide an extra week of unemployment insurance benefits for those who are laid off from their job at a plant or mine.

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Hunter: Mercy Hospital is necessary to our community's wellness, needs to remain a hospital

Mercy HospitalCHICAGO — Mercy Hospital announced plans to close by May 2021 last month, and State Senator Mattie Hunter (D-Chicago) is advocating against it, saying Mercy should remain open.

“This decision could devastate our community, which is already struggling in the middle of this global pandemic,” Hunter said. “Mercy owners requested hundreds of millions of dollars just to close it down, and turn it into a clinic. But we don’t need a clinic, we need a hospital, which has the resources necessary to save lives in times of urgency and in times of severe illness.”

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Local food pantries receive hand-picked sweet corn at Murphy giveaway

Murphy SweetcornDES PLAINES — Local food pantries will be able to offer fresh, Illinois-grown sweet corn to families in need, thanks to a donation from State Senator Laura Murphy (D-Des Plaines) and the Mercer County Farm Bureau.

Murphy hosted a giveaway last Monday, where a truck bed full of sweet corn was distributed to local food pantries and other community organizations serving families in the 28th District.

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Senator Laura Ellman, Naperville: 23 Naperville businesses hurt by pandemic awarded grant ranging from $10K to $20K | Chicago Tribune

Senator Patrick Joyce, Park Forest: Joyce commends area businesses receiving recovery grants | Patch

Senator Dave Koehler, Peoria: Central Illinois coal plants could soon turn to solar energy | NBC 25

Senator Elgie R. Sims Jr., Chicago: Illinois awards Calumet City $1.4 million for canoe launch, riverwalk | KPC News


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