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Manar welcomes Illinois Commerce Chief Erin Guthrie to Montgomery County

manar 121319HILLSBORO – State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) this week welcomed Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity Director Erin Guthrie to Montgomery County to meet with Hillsboro Mayor Brian Sullivan and tour Atlas 46, a Hillsboro-based premium manufacturer of high quality nylon tactical products used by construction workers, law enforcement, military personnel, and similar industries.

Following the closure of the Coffeen Power Plant by Vistra Energy, Atlas 46 has been a leading economic driver for Hillsboro and Montgomery County.

“Given all that has happened, I’m excited for what’s in store for Hillsboro and wanted Director Guthrie to see this resilient community firsthand,” Manar said. “DCEO will play a critical role in many infrastructure and job growth projects that are currently in the works.”

“It was a pleasure to meet with Director Guthrie and Senator Manar. When a hardworking community like Hillsboro is able to team up with the state to expand job opportunities and recruit new businesses, the sky is the limit,” Mayor Sullivan said. “I am certain that their assistance will pay dividends for Hillsboro, Montgomery County, and the state.”

Pictured from left to right: State Senator Andy Manar, Hillsboro Community Planner Jonathan Weyer, DCEO Director Erin Guthrie, Hillsboro Mayor Brian Sullivan, and Atlas 46 General Manage Kyle Anderson.

Senator Joyce joins the Property Tax Relief Task Force

joyce 121319SPRINGFIELD – To help address one of the top problems facing the South Suburbs and communities throughout Illinois, Senator Patrick Joyce (D-Essex) is joining the Property Tax Relief Task Force, which will propose concrete ideas to help reduce residents’ property tax bills.

Joyce has major concerns regarding the high property tax rates Illinoisans pay compared to the rest of the nation.

“I represent communities where the property tax rate is higher than 30%,” Joyce said. “That’s not sustainable or fair to the people who live there.”

Residents of Park Forest paid a 33.62% property tax rate in 2017. In neighboring Will County, according to Tax-Rates.org, residents pay twice the national average in property taxes.

“High property taxes, disproportionately affect low- and middle-income families, discourage migration from other states, and make it harder to open small businesses in our communities,” Joyce said.

The bipartisan Property Tax Relief Task Force will look at different legislative solutions to reform the state’s regressive property tax system. One of the major goals of task force is to cut taxes for low- and middle-income earners.

Gillespie appointed to workforce development board

gillespie 103119ARLINGTON HEIGHTS – State Senator Ann Gillespie (D-Arlington Heights) will join members of business, education and labor in overseeing an employment grant program, she announced today.

As a member of the 21st Century Employment Grant Program Advisory Board, it will be Gillespie’s duty to help oversee the progress of grant recipients, track gainful-employment rates of participants and monitor industry trends to determine where employment gaps can be filled.

“Equipping people with the professional and technical skills for jobs in their area will revitalize regional industries and uplift thousands of working class people,” Gillespie said. “Adults seeking employment and young people looking for low-cost alternatives to higher education will now have opportunities to receive hands-on training in a variety of fields.”

Board members include representatives from the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, Department of Labor, State Board of Education, organized labor, industry leaders, educators and bipartisan House and Senate appointees.

The 21st Century Employment Grant Program, introduced by Senator Gillespie, awards funds to high schools and community colleges that establish regional partnerships with workforce development organizations, manufacturers, health care service providers and innovative technology businesses. The state-funded grant will also be supplemented by private contributions.

The 21st Century Employment Grant Program is effective on Jan. 1, 2020.

State keeps promise to Machesney Park

stadelman 121019Rockford – On Tuesday, State Senator Steve Stadelman (D-Rockford) announced that the state is finally reimbursing the Village of Machesney Park for the boat ramp built on the Rock River back in 2015.

“Frankly, this should have happened earlier,” Stadelman said. “This is proof that Illinois is turning a fiscal corner and is finally keeping its promises to communities like Machesney Park.”

The original state grant for the dock was announced back in 2014 and was built the following year. Unfortunately, the reimbursement for the grant was frozen by former governor Bruce Rauner.

The boat ramp has improved public access to the Rock River and helped law enforcement to respond more quickly to emergencies.

“The boating public and first responders have really appreciated the boat launch, as shown by the amount of use it gets,” said Steve Johnson, mayor of Machesney Park. “It would not have happened without the 50% grant funding by the State, and we appreciate Senator Stadelman’s help in seeing the final payment through to us.”

The dock was part of the state’s Boat Area Access Development Program, which aimed to improve access to Illinois’ lakes and rivers. According to local officials, the dock has change the way emergency personnel have been able to rescue people and prevent additional accidents on the River.

The $200,000 check from the office of Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza was officially issued last Thursday, December 5.

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