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Rockford Literacy Council set to receive over $70,000 in adult literacy grants

Published: Thursday, July 30, 2020 03:41 PM

adult literacy 070820ROCKFORD – To provide Rockford area residents with an opportunity to improve important life skills, State Senator Steve Stadelman (D-Rockford) announced that the Literacy Council in Rockford will receive more than $70,000 in grants from the secretary of state’s office to help adult learners develop reading, English-language and others skills. 

“Giving adults the ability to learn new skills not only provides them with new opportunities. It enhances the community they live in as well,” Stadelman said. “Everyone, no matter their age, should be given the chance to improve their skills and better themselves.”

More than 13,500 students will be served by adult literacy programs throughout Illinois. Supported by $5.6 million in state funds, the programs will depend on nearly 6,000 volunteer tutors to provide skills training for students, according to the secretary of state’s office. Adult literacy projects are focused on improving reading, writing and math and are targeted at Illinois adults who read below the 9th-grade level or speak English at a beginning level.

“I encourage Rockford-area residents to give back to their community and volunteer for this great program,” Stadelman said.

The Literacy Council in Rockford is set to receive a total of $70,690.

Those interested in volunteering should contact the Illinois Adult Learning Hotline at 800-321-9511.

Ellman: Road and bridge improvements will bring much-needed job opportunities to the 21st District

Published: Thursday, July 30, 2020 03:22 PM

road const cones 073020NAPERVILLE – State Senator Laura Ellman (D-Naperville) is announcing that the 21st Senate District is set to receive over $15 million for improvements to local roads and bridges as part of the state’s ongoing multi-year construction plan.

“In these uncertain times, it’s encouraging to see the state continue to work on roads and bridges,” Ellman said. “These projects will bring good-paying jobs to our area, while also providing a much-needed update to local roads and bridges.”

The $15 million in spending will be distributed among a number of projects across the district, including over $6 million for the Washington Street bridge. Located in the center of downtown Naperville, the over 40-year-old bridge will be completely replaced. Other projects include the construction of new bikeways, rehabilitating local roads and repairing other bridges.

"The Washington Street bridge at the center of downtown Naperville has over 30,000 cars travel across it daily," said Naperville Mayor Steve Chirico. "At over 40 years old, reconstructing this critical piece of infrastructure is key to our continued economic success and vibrancy of our downtown business district."

The Illinois Department of Transportation’s plan will invest $21.3 billion to improve the state’s infrastructure over the next six years. Projects included in the program were selected based on objective criteria, such as pavement conditions, traffic volumes, and crash history. It will create thousands of job opportunities for residents across the state.

IDOT’s complete Multi-Year Plan can be found on the website and the complete list of projects for the 21st District can be found here.

Van Pelt sponsors mobile testing on the West Side

Published: Thursday, July 30, 2020 03:12 PM

pvp covid test 073020CHICAGO – Earlier this week, State Senator Patricia Van Pelt (D-Chicago) hosted mobile COVID-19 testing for over a hundred adults on the city’s West Side in a collaboration with Howard Brown Health, West Garfield Community Park Stakeholders, and Fathers Who Care.

“The older adults in my community are still struggling,” Van Pelt said. “The pandemic is still out there, and they still didn’t have access to necessary resources to stay alive. We wanted to do whatever we could to address that, hoping to provide some relief.”

Belt announces summer jobs available for area youth through Lessie Bates Davis Neighborhood House Organization

Published: Thursday, July 30, 2020 02:46 PM

teen work 073020EAST ST. LOUIS – State Senator Christopher Belt (D-Centreville) is thrilled to announce the expansion of Illinois Department of Human Services’ COVID-19 Summer Youth Employment Program, creating additional employment opportunities for underserved youth in the Metro East area.

“Early work experience is an important tool for improving future employment prospects and salary potential for low-income youth,” Belt said. “This program will play an important role in helping our youth learn new skills and find worthwhile careers.”

The program will employ young adults in the Metro East area in July and August 2020, helping them train for and find work despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. 

The Lessie Bates Davis Neighborhood House Organization is placing youth employees in age, ability and experience appropriate work-based learning opportunities, while offering career development. Jobs are available in St. Clair and Madison Counties.

The Lessie Bates Davis Neighborhood House Organization is one of 30 youth employment providers across the state and received $500,000 in grant funding to employ 100 area youth. 

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