The Majority Report 06/29/20 - Broadband expansion, new commission appointments and guidelines for school return


Senators Cunningham and Manar join Pritzker to launch connect Illinois Plan, announce $50 billion in broadband expansion grants

Wi-FiSPRINGFIELD — State Senators Bill Cunningham and Andy Manar joined Governor JB Pritzker this week to announce $50 million in Connect Illinois grants that will support 28 projects expected to deliver high-speed internet access to more than 26,000 homes, businesses, farms, and community institutions across Illinois.

The announcement marks the launch of Connect Illinois, the state’s plan to bring basic internet access to every community in the state by 2024. This plan aims to improve access through an unprecedented capital investment and with the nation’s largest grant matching program.

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Senate President Don Harmon announces appointments to Restore Illinois Collaborative Commission

Sen. President Don HarmonSPRINGFIELD — Senate President Don Harmon (D-Oak Park) announced four appointees to the Restore Illinois Collaborative Commission, a group created to help guide Illinois through the reopening process following stay-at-home orders to slow the spread of coronavirus.

Senators Christopher Belt (D-Centreville), Dave Koehler (D-Peoria), Iris Y. Martinez (D-Chicago) and Laura Murphy (D-Des Plaines) will represent Senate Democrats on the commission.

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Belt promotes guidelines for students returning to school

Sen. Christopher BeltEAST ST. LOUIS — State Senator Christopher Belt (D-Centreville) promoted guidelines for students to return to school this fall, as numbers of COVID-19 cases continue to gradually decrease.

“Our students and teachers have done an amazing job adapting to e-learning during this health crisis,” Belt said. “Now that they have opportunity to return this fall, parents and teachers have an important role of carefully transitioning our students back into a productive and safe environment.”

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Senator Cristina Castro, Elgin: COVID-19 Across Chicago: Elgin | WTTW

Senator Michael Hastings, Frankfort: Utility assistance necessary for COVID-19 recovery | The Times Weekly

Senator Dave Koehler, Peoria: Ameren’s first community solar project in Illinois now complete | Renewable Energy World

Senate Majority Leader Kimberly A. Lightford, Chicago: Lightford urges Illinoisans to harness opportunity to enact change | Chronicle Media

Senator Ram Villivalam, Chicago: Lawmakers discuss 2021 state budget | Nadig Newspapers


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