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New Link law paves way for 5G wireless in Illinois

link 041218SPRINGFIELD – A measure from Senator Terry Link (D-Vernon Hills) that will make Illinois a leader in wireless technology advancements and create 100,000 new Illinois jobs was signed into law today.

“As technology continues to advance and smartphone data use continues to increase, it's important that we have the infrastructure in place to support those advancements,” Link said. “This measure will help ensure a smooth transition to 5G and allow Illinois to stay at the forefront of new wireless technology.”

Link announces $17 million in new funding for Lake County schools

link 040618SPRINGFIELD – Some of Lake County’s most underfunded school districts will receive a significant boost under Illinois’ new education funding formula, Senator Terry Link (D-Vernon Hills) announced today.

Schools in Waukegan and North Chicago specifically will receive close to $17 million in new state support because they are among Illinois’ least funded districts and unable to adequately educate their students.

“When we passed education funding reform last year, we recognized that each school district in our state has unique needs that should be taken into consideration when we distribute funds,” Link said. “When these funds are released, the neediest districts will get the most funding, giving every student in Illinois an equal opportunity for a quality education.”

The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) issued vouchers to the Illinois Comptroller today that clear the way for schools around the state to begin receiving money under the new evidence-based model.

ISBE worked with school districts and lawmakers for months to calculate the distribution, taking into account enrollment, district-specific student learning needs, available local resources and other data.

The overhaul of education funding reform passed by the Senate last year created a tiered system in which money is prioritized for the districts furthest from the adequacy target. 

No school district in the state received less money today than it did last year.

The distributions for schools in Link’s district are as follows:

School district

Percent of adequacy

Tier

New Money

Total State Contribution

GURNEE SCHOOL DIST 56

 

76%

2

$87,941.57

$2,612,975.89

WAUKEGAN C U SCHOOL DIST 60

 

50%

1

$14,333,114.59

$124,538,347.73

RONDOUT SCHOOL DIST 72

 

283%

4

$190.85

$103,333.04

HAWTHORN C C SCHOOL DIST 73

 

82%

2

$108,504.27

$3,834,239.36

MUNDELEIN ELEM SCHOOL DIST 75

 

67%

2

$146,130.92

$3,923,325.03

KILDEER COUNTRYSIDE C C S DIST 96

 

120%

4

$4,584.24

$2,472,869.67

APTAKISIC-TRIPP C C S DIST 102

 

111%

4

$3,275.33

$1,762,112.12

LINCOLNSHIRE-PRAIRIEVIEW S D 103

 

134%

4

$2,358.37

$1,030,560.75

MUNDELEIN CONS HIGH SCH DIST 120

 

91%

3

$50,496.96

$1,952,852.54

ADLAI E STEVENSON DIST 125

 

166%

4

$6,239.15

$2,547,512.13

LIBERTYVILLE COMM H SCH DIST 128

 

168%

4

$5,101.21

$2,116,554.57

NORTH CHICAGO SCHOOL DIST 187

 

53%

1

$2,499,168.12

$27,116,808.10              

Link: Tobacco 21 will reduce use among teens, improve health of Illinoisans

link 020217SPRINGFIELD – With tobacco use on the rise among teens for the first time in years, Senator Terry Link (D-Vernon Hills) is sponsoring a proposal to raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco to 21 years old.

“Smoke Free Illinois was a major step forward in improving the health of Illinoisans and making our state a better place to live,” Link said. “Tobacco 21 builds on that effort by reducing the number of teen smokers and curbing the next generation of adult smokers, moving us one step closer to a healthier, smoke-free Illinois.”

It has been more than 10 years since Link’s Smoke Free Illinois legislation banning smoking in most public places went in to effect. Since Smoke Free Illinois, there has been a 20 percent decrease in hospitalization of various smoking-related diseases. But with the advent of e-cigarettes, tobacco use among teenagers is on the rise for the first time in years.

“More than 90 percent of smokers start before the age of 21,” Link said. “We must do everything possible to curb teen use and protect the lives of adolescent Illinoisans. Tobacco 21 will help us do that.”

Limiting access to cigarettes has proven effective in reducing the rate of tobacco use among teens. In October 2014, Evanston became the first Illinois community to adopt Tobacco 21. Since then, tobacco use among high schoolers has dropped by 37.5 percent.

Link advances measure to improve wireless infrastructure in Illinois

link 110917SPRINGFIELD – A measure from Senator Terry Link (D-Vernon Hills) to make Illinois a leader in wireless technology advancements passed in the legislature this week.

“As technology continues to advance, it's important that we have the infrastructure in place to support those advancements,” Link said. “Small wireless facilities are an integral part of future 5G wireless networks. This measure will help ensure a smooth transition to 5G and allow Illinois to stay at the forefront of new wireless technology.”

Full 5G deployment projects are expected to create nearly 100,000 new jobs in Illinois and nearly $8.9 billion in network investments over seven years.

The legislation is the result of months of negotiations between Illinois municipal leaders, industry members and stakeholders in an attempt to streamline the process for constructing and regulating small wireless facilities and ensure the infrastructure is in place for wireless technology advancements.

Senate Bill 1451 now goes to the governor for approval.

Sen. Terry Link

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30th District
Assistant Majority Leader

Years served:
1997 - Present

Committee assignments: Energy; Executive; Executive Appointments; Financial Institutions (Vice Chairperson); Gaming; Insurance.

Biography: Partner, Lake County Industrial Equipment; born March 20, 1947, in Waukegan; attended Stout State University; married (wife, Susan McCall Link), has four children.>