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The Majority Report 08/17/20 - Transportation diversity goals, more help for rental assistance and an update on DNA accountability

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Villivalam leads virtual transportation committee on transparency, diversity goals

IL TollwayCHICAGO — In response to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the state’s economy and more specifically, Illinois’ transportation and infrastructure system and workforce, State Senator Ram Villivalam (D-Chicago), chair of the Senate Transportation Committee, led a virtual hearing focused on transparency and diversity goals as it relates to contracts with the Illinois Tollway Authority.

Among those who gave testimony to the committee were representatives from the Illinois Tollway Authority, the Illinois Road and Transportation Builders Association, the African American Contractors Association, the American Council of Engineering Companies, the Hispanic American Construction Industry Association, the Federation of Women Contractors, and the Asian American Contractors Enterprise.

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Illinois Latino Caucus supports the Rental Assistance Program, but more help needs to be provided

Rent assistanceCHICAGO — While the Senate Illinois Legislative Latino Caucus is pleased with the Emergency Rental Assistance Program introduced last week by Governor JB Pritzker, it unanimously agrees more work needs to be done. The program aims to avoid massive evictions across the state due to families’ inability to pay their rent. The Latino Caucus lawmakers fought hard to make this $150 million funding available to communities in need.

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Van Pelt on DNA accountability: ISP is on the right track

DNACHICAGO — The Illinois State Police’s Division of Forensic Services Forensic Sciences Command released the DNA Accountability Report for Fiscal Year 2020 earlier this month, and State Senator Patricia Van Pelt (D-Chicago) is highlighting its major improvements to reduce the DNA backlog, while recognizing there is still work to be done.

“I am excited about the progress ISP has made,” Van Pelt said. “I hope this trend continues, and I will keep tracking them to make sure they continue to move forward in fulfilling their commitment to giving these families justice.”

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