05302021CM0844 rLOCKPORT – Nearly 50 small businesses across the 43rd District were recently awarded over $1.2 million in Back to Business grant funding, thanks to legislative measures supported by State Senator John Connor (D-Lockport).

“I’m glad to know that so many of our local businesses are receiving the help they deserve after the difficulties of the last two years,” Connor said. “Their resilience through even the darkest days of this pandemic has not gone unrecognized.”

The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity selects grantees, and the grants are funded through the American Rescue Plan. The DCEO has dispersed $111 million in B2B grants to nearly 3,000 small businesses across Illinois who have been disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Forty-seven businesses in Connor’s district received grants ranging from $5,000 to $250,000 in this round of funding to help them recoup losses from the past two years, and to continue to keep their doors open to the community.

“I can’t stress enough how integral our small businesses are to the vitality of our community,” Connor said. “I’m proud every day to work alongside other members of the General Assembly to give back to our local businesses who have given so much to us.”

Grants will continue to be awarded statewide on a rolling basis. More information about the B2B program, as well as a full list of grantees, is available on the DCEO’s website.

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Senator John Connor Valentines for SeniorsCREST HILL – In an effort to combat COVID-related isolation and winter blues, State Senator John Connor (D-Lockport) is collecting handmade and store-bought valentines to be given out at local long-term care facilities.

“Many residents in these facilities haven’t been able to spend time with their loved ones due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” Connor said. “A handmade card or a kind word can go a long way toward fighting loneliness and putting a smile on their face.”

Connor is encouraging churches, schools and community members of all ages across the 43rd District to write Valentine’s Day cards, which can be dropped off or mailed to his district office. Cards will be accepted through Thursday, Feb. 10. Once all the cards have been collected, they will be delivered to various local long-term care facilities.

Cards can be left in the box outside Connor’s office or mailed to:
State Senator John Connor
20660 Caton Farm Rd.
Unit D
Crest Hill, IL 60403

For those delivering cards in person, Connor reminds people to wear a mask and maintain social distance. Connor’s office can be reached at 815-207-4445 with any questions.

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Highway 401 from Wellington Road in London Looking West Towards Highway 402 rLOCKPORT – State Senator John Connor (D-Lockport) is reminding drivers they now have an additional three months to renew their licenses. 

"By choosing to stay home and access secretary of state services online, residents can protect themselves and others from COVID-19,Connor said. As we work together to stop the spread, I hope that members of our community will take advantage of this great resource.

Secretary of State Jesse Whites office announced that expiration dates for drivers licenses and ID cards have been extended to March 31, 2022, with the exception of commercial drivers licenses. The extension comes as secretary of state offices across Illinois continue to get caught up following COVID-19-related closures to their daily operations.  

To cut down on long lines and wait times, Connor encourages people to take advantage of the secretary of states online services at ilsos.gov. These services include: 

  • Renewing a vehicle registration; 
  • Applying for a vehicle title and registration; 
  • Obtaining a duplicate driver’s license or ID card; 
  • Obtaining a driving record abstract; 
  • Renewing a standard driver’s license with the Safe Driver Renewal program. 

Connor is also reminding residents the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has extended the federal REAL ID deadline to May 3, 2023. Current Illinois drivers licenses or ID cards will continue to be accepted at airports, military bases and secure federal facilities. 

More information and online services, including license plate renewal, can be found at ilsos.gov

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102821HAO00031 rLOCKPORT – A new law signed Thursday that was championed by State Senator John Connor (D-Lockport) will address a looming water crisis in the Joliet region and ensure a clean and reliable water source for years to come.

“Without reliable, clean water, our communities are crippled,” Connor said. “Finding a new water source before 2030 isn’t optional—we have to act now for ourselves, and in the interest of future generations.”

The underground Cambrian-Ordovician sandstone aquifer system is the primary source of water for the Joliet, Romeoville, Shorewood, Lockport, Lemont, Channahon, Elwood, and Minooka communities. An assessment by the city of Joliet revealed that the aquifer is being depleted at twice its natural recharge rate, and is expected to be fully depleted in 2030.

Connor’s law, ran as Senate Bill 280, offers a solution to the communities. The new law 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 be able to build and operate a 31-mile pipeline to the city of Chicago water system, providing a connection to Lake Michigan water for the community.

The pipeline will bring clean and sustainable water to the region, as well as thousands of construction jobs.

“Big problems call for bold, innovative solutions,” Connor said. “This law will allow our community to proactively respond to, and ultimately prevent, an impending crisis.”

The law is effective immediately.

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Office Info

District Office:
20660 Caton Farm Road, Unit D
Crest Hill, IL 60403
(815) 207-4445

Springfield Office:
M122 Capitol Building
Springfield, IL 62706
(217) 782-8800

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