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The Majority Report 09/28/14 - Paying Bills, Paving Roads, Feeding Illinois

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Tom Cullerton law speeds up state payments to cities, counties

Tom Cullerton law speeds up state payments to cities, counties

A recently signed law gives units of local government more certainty about when they will receive payments from the state.

State Senator Tom Cullerton sponsored the legislation that speeds up transfers from the state to the Local Government Distributive Fund, which helps bankroll city and county operations.

 

 

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Forby: Southern Illinois development welcome

Forby: Southern Illinois development welcome

Communities in Saline and Williamson counties are receiving added construction funding, thanks to State Senator Gary Forby (D-Benton).

The projects are part of the Illinois Jobs Now! Program, intended to help counter unemployment and aging facilities throughout the state. For example, the state dedicated $27.9 million to the repair of US Highway 45. The well-worn road will receive a much-needed resurfacing near the communities of Stonefort and Eldorado.

 

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Sullivan long-time Friend of Agriculture

Sullivan long-time Friend of Agriculture

The Illinois Farm Bureau awarded State Senator John Sullivan (D-Rushville) and State Rep. Norine Hammond (R-Macomb) the Friend of Agriculture Award for their continued support of Illinois' farming community.

Local farm bureau trustees chose Sullivan and Hammond for the award based on their strong voting records and their support of legislation that significantly improves Illinois agriculture.

 

 

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Frerichs raises awareness for Hunger Action Month

Frerichs raises awareness for Hunger Action Month

"Senator Mike Frerichs has once again partnered with the Eastern Illinois Foodbank during Hunger Action Month," said Jim Hires, the organization's President and CEO. "He has joined the commitment to help solve hunger. The food drive his office is spearheading is exactly the type of action that this month is designed to spur."

A recent report released by the Eastern Illinois Foodbank and Feeding America noted 17.4 percent of households include someone who is a veteran or who has served in the military; 82 percent of households report purchasing inexpensive, unhealthy food because they could not afford healthier options; and 80 percent of households report having to choose between paying for food and paying for medicine or medical care.

 

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Also this week:
 
Illinois leads the way protecting environment from microbeads
Chicago part of Cities for Citizenship program

 


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