GOVERNOR SIGNS CAPITAL CONSTRUCTION PROGRAM
Also this week, the Governor finally signed the statewide capital construction program approved by lawmakers in late May.
The $31 billion package will put hundreds of thousands of people to work and allow for much-needed improvements to Illinois’ crumbling infrastructure.
It’s been 10 long years since there has been a comprehensive capital bill passed in Illinois. I support the communities, universities, schools and transportation infrastructure that will benefit from the projects in this program, which could bring more than $190 million worth of projects to the 44th Senate District.
But I believe it would be better to do a regular and predictable capital program every year by using our revenues to bond an annual program, rather than asking the working families of Illinois to bail us out with higher taxes, higher fees, and expanded gambling.
REPUBLICANS TO CONTINUE TO PUSH FOR REFORMS
I will continue to work to bring significant reforms to the negotiating table. I will work with my legislative colleagues for pension and Medicaid reforms to cut spending, and for ethics and campaign finance reforms. We will also continue to advocate for redistricting reform, creating pressure to end the political gerrymandering of Illinois’ elections.
Kudos to the central Illinois individuals and groups that come to the State Capitol and talk with me and other state officials about the issues important to you!
On July 14, I welcomed Sarah Vanags of Rockford, who is going to be a senior at Rockford East High School, and Emily Vock of Wheaton, who is going to be a senior at Illinois Wesleyan University, to the Illinois Senate. Sarah and Emily are working as legislative interns in my Bloomington office during the summer semester. My Chief of Staff, Abby Walsh, brought them to Springfield to see the General Assembly in action.