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Laramie Park to receive $400,000 state grant

Sen. Emil Jones IIIALSIP – Laramie Park in Alsip is a beneficiary of a $400,000 state grant, State Senator Emil Jones III revealed today.

The Open Space Land Acquisition and Development Program grant program is administered by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

“Families of the Alsip community will be ecstatic that their park is receiving a renovation,” Jones said. “Every park in my district is important to me and I’m pleased to see that Laramie Park is one of the parks that will benefit from this grant.”

Mulroe: 2019 is the year for Tobacco 21

Sen. John G. MulroeSPRINGFIELD – Calling for his colleagues to join an effort that will save lives and money, State Senator John Mulroe (D-Chicago) spoke to reporters at the Capitol today to introduce a plan to raise the legal age to purchase tobacco in the state of Illinois to 21.

Mulroe was the original sponsor of the effort, which for the past four years has been debated in Springfield. The General Assembly passed a measure last year, only for then-Gov. Bruce Rauner to veto it.

“Persistence pays off,” Mulroe said. “This shows that our stumbles haven’t affected our commitment to making this the law. Raising the age to purchase tobacco to 21 will save lives, but it will also save money. Young people will spend less money on packs of cigarettes, and the state will spend less money mitigating the harmful health effects of tobacco. Currently, the state spends approximately $1.9 billion on health care costs related to tobacco usage.”

Crowe joins fight to raise teacher salaries

Sen. Rachelle CroweSPRINGFIELD – Legislation cosponsored by State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) to increase the minimum salary for teachers passed the Senate Education Committee today.

“Illinois’ teacher shortage is a problem I’ve seen firsthand in my district. We need to be encouraging our students to enter the teaching profession, and a great first step would be to pay them appropriately,” Crowe said.

Peters launches listening tour of 13th Senate District

Peters2019CHICAGO – State Senator Robert Peters (D – Chicago) will spend two weeks in February touring the 13th Senate district to meet constituents and discuss their expectations for him in Springfield.

“My biggest concern as a Senator is to ensure that the communities I represent are receiving the attention they require,” Peters said. “I want to actively pursue the goals the people of this district believe to be important, and there’s no better way to do that then to come directly to the people of the 13th District.”

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