pexels cottonbro 6115038 rLOCKPORT – In an effort to support and promote small businesses ahead of the holiday season, State Senator John Connor (D-Lockport) is launching a social media campaign to feature local small businesses.

“Small businesses bring so much life to our communities,” Connor said. “Through the challenges of the pandemic, they worked to provide necessary services to keep our economy running.”

Connor encourages small business owners interested in being featured on his social media pages to provide information about their businesses by filling out the form found here. Businesses invited to participate include restaurants, retail shops and businesses that provide personal services, like spas and salons.

“As we enter the holiday season, I hope residents will remember to shop small,” Connor said. “Now more than ever, supporting our small businesses is vital. Please join me in helping our local businesses get back on their feet.”

Questions can be directed to Senator Connor’s Crest Hill office by calling 815-207-4445 or visiting SenatorConnor.com.

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an armed forces veteran shows his patriotism at liberty state park new jersey 9060dc 1600 rLOCKPORT – In recognition of sacrifices made by brave Illinoisans who have served our country, State Senator John Connor (D-Lockport) is inviting people to write friendly and encouraging letters to residents of veteran’s homes ahead of Veterans Day.

“Our veterans have all made tremendous sacrifices for us, and Operation Rising Spirit gives us an opportunity to honor those sacrifices,” Connor said. “In our community and across the state, our service members deserve to feel recognized and appreciated for their contributions.”

Operation Rising Spirit is an initiative of the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs that encourages communities to write letters to residents in the care of veterans’ homes in Illinois. At a time when isolation is at a record high, the letters are meant to extend friendly affirmation for the bravery and courage of veterans both throughout their service and the pandemic.

“Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many residents of long-term care facilities have not been able to see friends or family for quite some time,” Connor said. “By taking the time to send kind messages and words of encouragement, we can help make our veterans across the state feel remembered and appreciated, and combat the loneliness they may be experiencing.”

The campaign will focus on veterans’ homes in Illinois, located in Anna, Chicago, LaSalle, Manteno, and Quincy. To send a message to a veteran or a veteran home, visit Send-a-note. For people wanting to send physical letters, locations for each of the veterans’ homes can be found here.

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102821HAO00031SPRINGFIELD – In response to increasing fears of future water insecurity in the Joliet area, legislation sponsored by State Senator John Connor (D-Lockport) provides for the establishment of a Joliet-region water commission.

“The water supply that our communities rely on won’t be able to provide for us by 2030. Our aquifer is being depleted at twice its natural refill rate, and we’re running out of time” Connor said. “If we don’t start building a solution now, we will face a water crisis.”

Joliet, Romeoville, Shorewood, Lockport, Lemont, Channahon, Elwood, and Minooka all use the underground Cambrian-Ordovician sandstone aquifer system as their primary source of water. The aquifer is being depleted at twice its natural recharge rate, forcing these communities to seek an answer before the depletion of the aquifer in 2030, according to a recent assessment by the city of Joliet.

Senate Bill 280 establishes the Regional Water Commissions Act, which would allow municipalities to form a regional commission to build, own, and operate a water system. This water commission will have the ability to build and operate a 31-mile pipeline connecting to the city of Chicago water system, providing a connection to Lake Michigan water for the community.

Not only will this pipeline offer a sustainable water source to local families, it will bring thousands of construction jobs to the community.

“Benjamin Franklin said ‘When the well is dry, we know the worth of water.’  This legislation ensures that our Joliet area communities never have to test that theory with a dry well,” Connor said. “Water is the most basic necessity, and planning for a secure and clean water source for ourselves and future generations isn’t optional, it is our most important mission.”

Senate Bill 280 now awaits further action.

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pexels tim mossholder 1706018 rLOCKPORT – State Senator John Connor (D-Lockport) is congratulating local businesses struggling from the pandemic that were awarded grants from the latest round of the Back to Business program awards.

The B2B program allocated $250 million in American Rescue Plan dollars for small businesses negatively affected by the pandemic. Grants ranged from $5,000 to $150,000 per business and can be used to cover a wide range of operations such as staff and overhead costs.

“For the last year and a half, small businesses continued to serve our communities even in the face of unprecedented challenges and loss,” Connor said. “Their dedication deserves recognition and reward, and I’m glad to see so many local businesses reap the benefits of this great opportunity.”

Twenty-two businesses in the district have already received over $1 million in grants. They include local restaurants, hotels and salons, highlighting the diversity of the local small business community.  For a full list of businesses that received Back to Business grants, visit the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity awards list at illinois.gov/B2BAwards.

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