Attending the State Fair on Governor’s Day gave me an opportunity to visit with many of my constituents. And although the weather cooperated for the day, the damage from the record rainfall earlier in the week was apparent. The years of neglect by the previous administrations has resulted in tens of millions of dollars in unmet infrastructure needs in the Springfield and DuQuoin fairgrounds. This past week, I was pleased the agriculture community created a foundation that will enable our private sector partners to help modernize and restore the greatness of the facilities.
Working with community partners, Connect Transit launched a new fixed bus route network between Uptown Normal and Downtown Bloomington. This upgraded system makes public transportation easier, faster and more convenient for the Twin Cities.
The Treasurer’s Office also held its first hearing, in Normal this past week, on life insurers that do not pay death benefits. The hearings are to better understand how life insurance companies avoid paying death benefits and what Illinois families can do to prevent themselves from being victimized. The public was encouraged to attend and offer testimony.
The Illinois School Funding Reform Commission met for a second time this week in hopes to continue the push for a better funding system.
In other state news, recently-signed laws create sepsis protocols that will save lives, assist veterans and their families, and allow police officers to adopt retiring K-9 police dogs.
As our kids head back to school and the buses are on the road, please take extra precautions and drive safe.
Senator Bill Brady