pexels gustavo fring 3985170 rROMEOVILLE – State Senator John Connor (D-Lockport) spoke at a press conference held by the Southwest Suburban Immigrant Project at the VNA Health Care Clinic on Monday morning alongside State Representative Dagmara Avelar, Congressman Bill Foster and Congresswoman Marie Newman to help bring attention to vaccination sites sponsored by the organization in Will County.

“The Southwest Suburban Immigrant Project has been working hard to expand vaccine accessibility here in Will County,” Connor said. “Their focus on our Black and Brown communities has been vital to ensuring vaccine equity in our district and I couldn’t be more grateful for their efforts to keep our community safe.”

The Southwest Suburban Immigrant Project was founded in 2010 and has grown into a well-known advocacy group for immigrant residents in Will and DuPage counties. The organization has been especially active during the COVID-19 pandemic by helping keep community members up to date on the latest information about the pandemic and fighting for vaccine access for communities of color.

“Members of the SSIP are doing the work that helps get us to the other side of this pandemic,” said Connor. “I am grateful we have their dedication as we all work to protect all members of our community.”

Those wishing to learn more about the SSIP and their vaccination sites can find them on Facebook or visit their site at www.ssipchicago.org.

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jason richard P3xYfux0XW8 unsplash rSPRINGFIELD – To address fears that Joliet and other southwest suburbs may overwhelm their primary water source by 2030, State Senator John Connor (D-Lockport) passed legislation out of the Senate Energy and Public Utilities Committee that will allow Joliet and nearby communities to band together to create a regional water commission.

“This bill is incredibly important for the people I represent,” Connor said. “Our region’s primary water source will be too depleted to supply water by 2030, and if we don’t find a solution by then we’ll 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. However, studies indicate they are currently drawing water from it at twice the rate that precipitation and other sources can refill it.

The water commission established under Senate Bill 2368 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.

“2030 will arrive in the blink of an eye, but if we don’t plan and build a pipeline to Lake Michigan water, our water supply won’t arrive with it,” Connor said. “Giving our towns the ability to create a solution to this pressing problem will make sure that we are able to meet the needs of our residents.”

The legislation now faces discussion before the full Senate.

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pexels arthur krijgsman 4019754 rLOCKPORT – State Senator John Connor (D-Lockport) is announcing that school districts in the 43rd District will receive over $110 million in additional funding to help address the many challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Teachers and students both have worked incredibly hard to adapt to new methods of learning over the past year,” Connor said. “I know that this extra funding will give them the resources they need to continue moving forward.”

The funding comes as part of the most recent federal COVID-19 relief packages. Schools, students and parents have overcome challenges that no one could have imagined before the pandemic began, including remote and hybrid learning, digital connection issues, new processes for receiving state and federal aid that normally flow through schools, and more.

Local school districts are set to receive the following amounts:
• Joliet Public School District 86 - $ 42,595,457
• Joliet Township High School District 204 - $ 14,782,792
• Channahon School District 17 - $2,115,173
• Laraway Community Consolidated School District 70C - $1,715,538
• Union School District 81 - $351,091
• Rockdale School District 84 - $837,369
• Chaney-Monge School District 88 - $1,436,211
• Elwood Community Consolidated School District 203 - $691,737
• Valley View Community Unit School District 365U - $34,857,485
• Woodridge School District 68 - $4,049,782
• Lockport Township High School District 205 - $3,309,684
• Fairmont School District 89 - $1,546,535
• Will County School District 92 - $1,367,127
• Lockport School District 91 - $807,445
• Taft School District 90 - $717,338

The majority of the funding comes from the American Rescue Plan, which gives local schools a great deal of flexibility in how they can use the money over the next 3 ½ years. At least 20% of the funding must be used to address learning loss, but beyond that, school districts can use the money to address many different issues and costs. For example, it can be used to better equip schools for safe learning, to prevent layoffs, to address students’ social and emotional needs, to fund summer programs, or to ensure all students have access to reliable Wi-Fi and technology.

The State Board of Education, in collaboration with other state agencies that address education, has produced a guide for local school districts to help them decide how to best use their resources. While the guide and other state-sponsored services are completely voluntary, the state aims to support local districts during this difficult time.

“I’m glad that we’re able to give back to our school districts and our educators after such a harrowing and difficult year,” Connor said.

In total, Illinois received nearly $7 billion to support local school districts.

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Rialto Theater AuditoriumJOLIET – State Senator John Connor (D-Lockport) toured the Rialto Square Theater in Joliet on Monday afternoon in an effort to bring attention to local venues whose operations have suffered as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The Rialto opened in 1926 and has been a pillar of our community ever since,” Connor said. “It’s been hard to see so many local theaters unable to open for business because of the pandemic, and facing a lot of financial struggles as a result.”

The Rialto Theatre is not currently open for shows due to COVID-19 capacity limitations, but continues to be maintained by the Will County Metropolitan Exposition and Auditorium Authority.

“Once those constraints are lifted, I certainly hope that people return to this beautiful Joliet landmark and ensure its continued vitality as the heart of downtown Joliet,” Connor said. “The Rialto holds a great deal of rich community history and I look forward to seeing it return to its pre-pandemic glory.”

Those wishing to learn more about the history of the Rialto Square Theatre can visit rialtosquare.com.

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