Senator John ConnorSPRINGFIELD – Any municipality seeking to privatize its water company will be required to first receive approval from voters if Senate Bill 164 becomes law. State Senator John Connor (D-Lockport), sponsor of SB 164, joined the Citizens Utility Board and AFSCME to discuss the measure in a press conference Monday morning.

“There are communities right now in Illinois who have been fighting to get back control of their water systems from private companies, and they're not winning on behalf of their citizens,” Connor said. “Illinois private water companies are seeing record profits as a result of legislation that opened an express lane up for them to acquire public water systems from towns and villages.”

Currently, only a public meeting and publication of the terms of acquisition are required in order for water companies to be privatized. SB 164 aims to change that by requiring that a vote must be held among citizens before their city or village sells a public water system to a private company.

“Residents should be able to vote on the decision to sell their water system, just as shareholders get a vote in large decisions within a company,” Connor said. “Our job is protecting the residents, not increasing profits for private water companies.”

SB 164 awaits further discussion in the Subcommittee on Water Issues Management.

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pexels mabel amber 117602 rCREST HILL – Will County has been slated to receive just shy of $4 million dollars in funding for construction projects over the next three years, State Senator John Connor (D-Crest Hill) announced.

“This funding will bring jobs to the Joliet, Bolingbrook, and Romeoville areas for the next few years and will result in reliable infrastructure throughout the county for years to come,” said Connor. “Not only will we have the opportunity to strengthen our roads and bridges thanks to these grants, but we will be able to strengthen our communities and our economy.”

The grants are part of the 2019 Rebuild Illinois construction plan and will be distributed in six installments over the three-year period. Road and bridge improvements, new sidewalks and bike paths, or upgraded traffic signals are just a few of the changes that Will County may see as a result of this funding.

“The 43rd District has been hit hard by COVID-19, and I know that many communities in the district are having a hard meeting the constantly-rising costs of the pandemic,” Connor said. “The additional funding from the state will allow us to give those communities a much-deserved helping hand during these unprecedented times.”

The funding is the second of three grant cycles in the Rebuild Illinois plan.

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Senator ConnorROMEOVILLE – State Senator John Connor (D-Crest Hill) toured the Wilco Area Career Center in Romeoville Friday afternoon as part of an effort to raise awareness for the center and the services it provides.

“As a state senator, I want to highlight why places like the Wilco Center are so important to communities,” Connor said. “The Wilco Center offers over 15 training programs to help students determine their career paths and provides many options for them to find rewarding and lucrative careers, whether they’re college-bound or not.”

Connor said Wilco’s work helping members of the community identify academic and professional goals, learn new skills, network with local business partners, earn college credits or industry-specific credentials, and search for employment opportunities is especially important as students and workers continue to recover from the economic woes brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The Wilco Center’s motto is: ‘Every student needs a skill,’” Connor said. “I am so grateful to them for the crucial work they do right here in the 43rd District teaching those important skills. Our community is made better through their dedication and hard work.”

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ILSenate212bCREST HILL – Newly appointed chair of the Senate Criminal Law Committee, State Senator John Connor (D-Lockport) led a joint hearing earlier this week to discuss public safety issues, and how to use criminal justice data to help formulate solutions.

“Illinois needs to help its public safety community better share and analyze their data,” Connor said. “The ability to share and analyze this data quickly is like turning on a light— it allows us to see our way to smarter policy solutions.”

Members of the Criminal Law Committee, in collaboration with the Senate Public Safety Committee, heard virtually from a variety of panelists Tuesday, including representatives from the Sentencing Policy Advisory Panel, the Alliance for Safety and Justice, the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority, the ACLU, and the Children and Family Justice Center.

Panelists offered testimony on practice of collecting, storing and sharing data, sentencing issues, and improving justice outcomes.  Details on the committee’s next meeting will be announced as finalized.

Committee schedules, witness slips and live proceedings are available at www.ilga.gov.

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