Jo Jo Awinongya rSPRINGFIELD – State Senator John Connor (D-Lockport) met with Joseph “Jo Jo” Awinongya, Jr. on Wednesday to present him with a certificate for his outstanding achievements in boxing.

“It was a pleasure and a privilege to meet Jo Jo and express to him how proud we all are of his achievements,” Connor said. “He’s an outstanding young man and an exceptional role model for so many young people in our community that you can do anything you set your mind to.”

Hailing from Joliet, Awinongya is a four-time national boxing champion in his age division, a Junior Olympic National Champion, and a recipient of the Silver Gloves National Championship. He trains with his father, Joseph Awinongya, Sr., who is referred to as “Ringmaster.”

“He’s got a whole community supporting him as he continues to follow his dreams,” Connor said. “With such an incredible work ethic and dedication to his sport, I know Jo Jo will keep doing big things.”

Awinongya was recently nominated for the Joliet Chamber Scholarship and was admitted to Joliet Junior College.

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P1000634 rBOLINGBROOK – State Senator John Connor (D-Lockport) and State Senator Meg Loughran Cappel (D-Shorewood) attended the ribbon cutting of Fountaindale Library’s new Bookmobile on Monday evening alongside State Representative Dagmara Avelar (D-Crest Hill), Mayor Mary Alexander-Basta of Bolingbrook, Fountaindale Library board members and many members of the community.

“The Fountaindale Library has been a cornerstone of our community for so long,” Loughran Cappel said. “For almost two decades, their Bookmobile has helped to get books into kids’ hands who otherwise wouldn’t have that access and opportunity.”

The new vehicle is a full-service mobile branch of the library that replaces the previous Bookmobile that had been in use since 2003. The Bookmobile provides scheduled stops around the community, visits Bolingbrook preschools, schools and senior facilities, and participates in many community events throughout the year. Members of the community can check out books, DVDs, CDs, and audiobooks from the Bookmobile, as well as apply for library cards and pick up holds.

“Reading is absolutely crucial for our kids—and for everyone, for that matter,” Connor said. “The Fountaindale Library has gone to such great lengths to ensure that anyone in our community can easily access great literature, and I congratulate and commend them on their new Bookmobile and continued efforts.”

Those wishing to learn more about the Bookmobile and the Fountaindale Library can visit their website.

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05302021CM0844 rSPRINGFIELD – In response to the state budget passing the Senate, State Senator John Connor (D-Lockport) released the following statement:

"As we turn the corner from the COVID-19 pandemic, this budget helps Illinois to move forward together. 

“The budget brings much-needed investment right to our back yards. We kept our promises to fully fund our public schools and to provide our local governments with the resources they need to support our communities.  We also invested a great deal in infrastructure across the state.

“We are looking toward the future and setting Illinois up for success with a budget that will help our state thrive for years to come.”

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060121HAO00197 rSPRINGFIELD – A resolution sponsored by State Senator John Connor (D-Lockport) to honor a local state trooper killed in the line of duty passed out of the Senate Tuesday.

“Trooper Richard G. Warner was an example of selfless duty, and his loss rocked a community,” Connor said. “All police officers, whether state troopers, sheriff's deputies, or local police departments, experience risks every day that few of us fully appreciate.”

A veteran of the Battle of Okinawa, Trooper Warner was shot to death at the Illinois State Police Headquarters District 5 in Lockport on April 21, 1969 after responding to a simple traffic accident where a fellow Navy combat veteran had attempted to kill himself. The driver had been hospitalized at the VA two years earlier for what was then called a "nervous breakdown."  After Trooper Warner left him in an office briefly in District 5 headquarters, the driver grabbed another trooper's handgun from a desk and fired two shots, fatally wounding Trooper Warner and injuring another trooper.

“If the driver that Trooper Warner was attempting to help had received comprehensive mental health treatment in 1967, prior to his suicide attempt, he and Trooper Warner might never have crossed paths on that fateful day,” Connor said. “We must do better for all our veterans so that they have access to the best mental health treatment available after experiencing the horrors of war."

The stretch of Route 53 that passes by Illinois State Police Headquarters District 5 will now be designated Trooper Richard G. Warner Memorial Highway, after the late Trooper Warner.

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