051220210426 rSPRINGFIELD – All service officers and supervisors for the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs will be required to be honorably discharged veterans under legislation sponsored by State Senator John Connor (D-Lockport) signed into law Friday.

“When our servicemen and women are coming to the VA looking for assistance, we need to be sure that they are able to work with someone who has been in their shoes and who is best able to give them the help they deserve,” Connor said. “By putting our veterans in touch with others who have honorably served, we are putting them on a path for success.”

Under current law, only service officers are required to be honorably discharged veterans. This legislation is an initiative of the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs that codifies the existing practice that supervisors and field managers meet the same standard.

“We owe so much to the men and women who serve our country,” Connor said. “This is one small way that we can ensure that they have the resources they need and deserve.”

The legislation will go into effect Jan. 1, 2022.

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Connor Loughran Cappel invite organizations to participate in pet expo rPLAINFIELD – Local pet and businesses and organizations are invited to participate in a pet expo hosted by State Senator John Connor (D-Lockport) and State Senator Meg Loughran Cappel (D-Shorewood).

"As a dog owner, I know firsthand the unconditional love that our pets show us," Connor said.  "This is an opportunity for community members to return that love with a morning of fun for their furry friends."

The expo is 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 9 at Clow Stephens Dog Park, 16676 S. Lily Cache Road, Plainfield, IL, and is free. Area residents will be provided educational opportunities and resources while enjoying time with animals at the event.

“The joy and support pets can provide on a daily basis cannot be underestimated,” Loughran Cappel said. “This expo will display a diverse array of animals that people of all ages can enjoy spending their time with.”

Local pet businesses are invited to showcase their services and provide information to attendees. Interested businesses can apply by visiting Senator Connor or Senator Loughran Cappel’s websites, SenatorConnor.com and SenatorLoughranCappel.com. Registration is free, and approved participants will receive confirmation at a later date.

More information is available from Senator Connor’s office at 815-207-4445 or Senator Loughran Cappel’s offices at 815-267-6119.

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635762764455870000 rWILL COUNTY, Ill. – State Senator John Connor (D-Lockport) announced that nearly $47,000 will be distributed in Will County for historic preservation projects through the National Park Service’s Historic Preservation Fund.

“Our community has a rich history that we should preserve for generations to come,” Connor said. “As we continue to identify and protect our historical properties and the educational opportunities they offer, I hope residents will learn more about the past.”

The Historic Preservation Fund will distribute more than $131,400 in funding to local governments throughout Illinois for nine historic preservation projects.

In the 43rd District, the city of Joliet was awarded $17,520 to update the architectural and historical information for all 130 of Joliet’s designated local historical properties. Will County was awarded $29,200 for a comprehensive update to the county’s Historic Preservation Plan, which was originally completed in 1976.

The program is open to all 83 certified local governments throughout Illinois, and another round of grants is anticipated in the fall of 2021. For information on the grants and how to apply, visit the Illinois Department of Natural Resources website.

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04212021HAO0258 rSPRINGFIELD – Groundwater near quarry fill sites in Illinois will be monitored more closely as a result of legislation passed by State Senator John Connor (D-Lockport) that was signed into law Friday.

“It is our responsibility to be careful stewards of our natural resources so that we are able to hand down communities that will continue to grow and thrive,” Connor said. “This legislation will help to ensure that Illinoisans will have clean drinking water for years to come.”

Connor was joined in this initiative by Representative Dagmara Avelar (D-Bolingbrook), who filed the bill in the House, and State Senator Laura Ellman (D-Naperville) who filed identical legislation during the previous General Assembly and has been an advocate for the cause in the Senate.

This legislation is an initiative of the Illinois Environmental Council and the Environmental Law and Policy Center. The new law allocates funding to expand teams of inspectors tasked with monitoring clean construction and demolition debris facilities. The increased monitoring and testing facilitated by this legislation would ultimately ensure that contaminants are kept out of groundwater where clean construction demolition debris is dumped.

“It is our job as legislators and residents of Illinois, to make sure our groundwater stays safe and clean,” Avelar said. “Our Earth is slowly deteriorating so it is critical that legislators throughout the country find legislation that benefits both the environment and state. I believe House Bill 653 does both of those things.”

The new law will go into effect Jan. 1, 2022.

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