Senator Christopher Belt

Belt secures funding to tackle carjackings in Metro East

EAST ST. LOUISState Senator Christopher Belt helped secure a $2.4 million grant for the Metro East Auto Task Force — a move that will prevent carjackings, vehicle theft and break-ins throughout the community.

“The uptick in carjackings is a disturbing trend,” said Belt (D-Swansea). “Innocent people are being targeted by this senseless crime across Illinois — and particularly in the Metro East.”

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Women in Trades

Toro applauds federal grant supporting women in trades

CHICAGOState Senator Natalie Toro is celebrating recent news of a $1.3 million federal grant to the Illinois Department of Labor in support of women in the construction industry.

“The skilled trades are a male-dominated industry, with women making up only a small percentage of the workforce — this is especially true for women of color,” said Toro (D-Chicago). “This funding will support programs to train the next generation of tradeswomen and set them up for high-paying apprenticeships and careers.”

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Sen. Laura MurphyMurphy condemns bomb threats against public libraries

DES PLAINESState Senator Laura Murphy (D-Des Plaines) released the below statement following multiple bomb threats to suburban Chicago libraries:

“Libraries are sanctuaries of learning, growth and togetherness—they are the very heart of our communities. Threats of violence against libraries is an affront to our shared values. I condemn the cowardly attempts to undermine the open exchange of ideas and interrupt these vital institutions."

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