Kudos to parents, child welfare experts, and lawmakers who are working to find answers about a recent rash of child suicides in Illinois and to educate parents about possible warning signs.
In a three-week period in February, three children ages 10 and 11 committed suicide. Statistics from the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) show that child suicide is rare, averaging about one per year. DCFS spokesman Kendall Marlowe was quoted as saying, “That’s why three in three weeks would get our attention.”
DCFS has a Crisis and Referral Entry Services hotline — 800-345-9049 — which parents can call if they feel their children might hurt themselves. The service is available to all families.
CAPITAL PLAN WOULD BRING MORE THAN $29 MILLION TO 44TH DISTRICT
A capital construction program to fix the state’s crumbling infrastructure and to put thousands of Illinoisans back to work – without a tax or fee increase – has been passed by lawmakers and now awaits approval by the Governor.
The program will provide more than $29.2 million for nine projects affecting 75.29 miles in the 44th District.
This is a program that moves us in the right direction and I want to compliment the Senate leaders on this new era of compromise and working together. It has been far too long since we have had a capital bill. Although this is a small one, it does meet our objectives in this construction season. This program will help us provide safe roads and bridges for the families of Illinois, and much needed infrastructure improvements for the businesses that employ our workers.
The capital program is fiscally responsible and geographically-balanced, and will allow projects to get under way during this construction season.
The $3 billion bonding program will allow for work to start immediately on roads, bridges, mass transit and other infrastructure priorities. The Senators also approved legislation appropriating the Fiscal Year 2009 federal stimulus funds for transportation projects and for catching up on a staggering backlog of Medicaid debt.
Projects in the program that affect the 44th District include:
* $1,565,000 to resurface 5.68 miles on Illinois 48, from Illinois 54 to Illinois 10.
DEWITT, PIATT AND MACON COUNTIES
* $2,200,000 to resurface 7.32 miles on Illinois 48, from Illinois10 to Illinois 32.
* $2,590,000 to resurface 2.74 miles on Illinois 10/Illinois 121, from 0.3 mile west of I-55 to Elm Street in Lincoln.
* $1,700,000 to resurface 6.89 miles on Illinois 54, from the DeWitt County line to 1.5 miles northeast of Illinois 121.
* $7,7550,00 to patch, resurface and repair the bridge on 3.56 miles on I-74/I-55/US 51, from north of the I-55 Business Loop to east of US 51 at Bloomington.
* $4,500,000 to resurface and to waterproof the bridge deck on 8.26 miles on US 51/US 51 Business, from Rabb Road in Normal to Lafayette Street in Bloomington.
* $3,365,000 to resurface 13.08 miles on Old US 66/FAS 294/FAU 6348, from southwest of Towanda to north of Lexington.
* $3,050,000 to resurface 7.23 miles on Old US 51/FAS 1476/SBI 2, from 2.5 miles south of I-74 to 1 mile south of Heyworth.
TAZEWELL AND MASON COUNTIES
* $2,500,000 to resurface 13.30 miles on Illinois 29, from Main Street in South Pekin to US 136.
Approved by the Senate and House of Representatives April 2, the legislation now moves to the Governor and will become law with his signature.