A message from State Senator Karen McConnaughay:
We continue to meet to find solutions to the state’s most pressing issues, with roughly two weeks left until our scheduled May 31 adjournment.
Budget negotiations are ongoing as are discussions on top issues like workers’ compensation reform. A full round-up of all the action that took place in the Senate is below.
Last week the Illinois Department of Transportation released its road construction plan for the coming year.
I am happy to report that funding is included in the plan for the Longmeadow Parkway project, a major project for our area.
Just this year, the project will receive $16,255,000, with more expected to come in the next several years. Funding for these projects comes from a special fund dedicated to transportation infrastructure upgrades.
With Memorial Day just around the corner, I am asking for your help in honoring your loved ones and friends who have served in the U.S. Military. The Senate Republican Caucus is taking submissions for photos and stories to be displayed on a “Memorial Day Remembrance Wall” at the State Capitol. Continue reading below to find out how you can get involved.
As the spring session continues, a number of key issues remain unresolved in Springfield. As we work toward finding solutions to these problems, your input continues to be vital to the work I do in Springfield. Please contact me or my office with questions or concerns you may have, and make sure your voice is heard in Springfield! You can also visit my legislative website at www.senatormcconnaughay.com.
State Senator for the 33rd District
Longmeadow Pwky Project in FY2016 Transportation Funding
The 33rd Senate District, as part of Illinois’ annual highway improvement plan, will receive $31,452,000 in infrastructure upgrades in Fiscal Year 2016. According to State Sen. Karen McConnaughay, the FY16 program will finance numerous projects in the area.
Among the larger projects announced is a major advancement of Longmeadow Parkway, a project for which McConnaughay and others have spent years working to secure funding.
“We have been working to secure additional funding for the Longmeadow Parkway project since I was Kane County Board Chairman,” said McConnaughay.
“While this project is not yet fully funded, I am happy to see that this financial commitment from the State, which will ensure that this project continues to move forward. The benefits of investing in this project will pay dividends for our community well into the future.”
Senate Republicans Pay Tribute to Fallen U.S. Military Heroes
Memorial Day is a time to honor fallen heroes across the nation and the state of Illinois. This year, Senator McConnaughay is asking you to help the Senate Republican Caucus pay tribute to U.S. Military members who have passed away, by submitting photos and stories for a Memorial Day Remembrance Wall. The Remembrance Wall will be displayed in the State Capitol Rotunda from May 25through May 30.
Weatherization Program Raises Concerns in Senate Committee
A 2009 program intended to “create jobs in low-income areas and improve energy efficiency” sparked debate in a Senate Committee May 14, when Senate Republican lawmakers raised concerns about problems within the state’s Urban Weatherization Program, recently identified by the Better Government Association (BGA).
Measure to Decriminalize Cannabis Held in Senate
Legislation to decriminalize small amounts of cannabis was debated in the Senate on May 14, but later held by the sponsor in response to concerns with the legislation. House Bill 218 would reduce penalties for possession of 15 grams or less of cannabis, establishing a maximum $125 fine for the offense.
Firefighter Memorial held at State Capitol
Hundreds of firefighters from across the state gathered at the State Capitol grounds on May 12 for the annual Fallen Firefighter Memorial and Medal of Honor Ceremony. The event honors those who have given their lives in the line of duty and to those who heroically serve with courage, pride, and honor.
Illinois’ Budget Crisis Worst in the Country
A recent Associated Press report underscored the significant challenges Illinois faces when it comes to filling its anticipated multi-billion dollar budget hole. The Associated Press found that of 22 states facing budget deficits, Illinois has the worst deficit by far, at more than $6 billion.
Chicago’s Credit Ratings Drop this Week
Early in the week, Moody’s Investors Service lowered the City of Chicago’s credit rating to one step below the investment grade—considered “junk bond” status, while S & P lowered the city’s A+ rating two steps to A-, still considered investment grade.