pexels leah kelley 325521 rLOCKPORT – State Senator John Connor (D-Lockport) is celebrating Park and Recreation Month by encouraging residents to get outside and enjoy local public parks and other natural spaces.

“We have some amazing public parks in our community, and Park and Recreation Month is a reminder to take full advantage of them,” Connor said. “Getting outside has always improved your mood and your health, and now COVID has made being outside healthier in a new way."

According to the National Recreation and Park Association, parks create a significant increase in the quality of life by providing spaces where community members to come together. Many public parks are used to host public events or hold recreational programs as well, providing residents with various opportunities for involvement.

Parks also provide spaces where people can go to keep healthy and fit both mentally and physically, as visits to parks can be connected to reductions in stress, lowered blood pressure, and general physical health, according to a study by Penn State University.

“Parks provide us a common space to congregate and strengthen our communities,” Connor said. “This month, I hope we all take some time to get outside and appreciate how we all benefit from our local parks and outdoor recreational spaces.”

Learn more about local parks and public events by visiting the park district websites for Joliet, Bolingbrook, and Romeoville.

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Connor Loughran Cappel attend Outdoor Storytime rBOLINGBROOK – State Senator John Connor (D-Lockport) and State Senator Meg Loughran Cappel (D-Shorewood) attended Outdoor Storytime at the Fountaindale Public Library Thursday evening to read books to children and promote their book club opportunities.

“Reading is absolutely vital for kids of all ages,” Connor said. “The opportunity to sit down with kids from our community and help instill a love of books was an honor, and I’m grateful to the Fountaindale Library for facilitating these opportunities through their Outdoor Storytime series.”

The Fountaindale Public Library has been serving the Bolingbrook and Romeoville areas, as well as surrounding communities, since 1970. In addition to offering a large selection of books at both its brick-and-mortar location as well as through its newly-updated bookmobile, the library hosts various events for community members of all ages. A full calendar of events and list of services can be found on the library’s website.

“An active public library can serve as a pillar of any community,” Loughran Cappel said. “The people at the Bolingbrook Public Library have demonstrated a commitment to providing students with programs that help them stay sharp over the summer and I am grateful for their leadership.”

Connor and Loughran Cappel also took the opportunity to remind kids that they can still join their summer book clubs. Children in the community have until August 11 to read eight books of their choice and return a form signed by a parent, guardian, or other important adult to their senator’s office to receive a special reward. Printable book club forms can be accessed at SenatorConnor.com or SenatorLoughranCappel.com. Anyone with questions can reach out to Senator Connor’s district office at (815) 207-4445 or Senator Loughran Cappel’s district office at (815) 267-6119.

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Rental Assistance E BlastFor those of our neighbors who are still struggling to pay their rent, the Illinois Rental Payment Program (ILRPP) is still accepting applications for the current round of assistance until 11:59 PM this Sunday, July 18.
 
Applications can be completed at ILRPP.IHDA.org
 
The Illinois Rental Payment Program is an emergency rental assistance program designed to support households in Illinois that are unable to pay rent due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
Neighbors who apply may be eligible for up to 15 months of assistance and a maximum grant amount of $25,000. The grant can cover the past due rent from the previous 12 months and future rental assistance for the next three months, if deemed necessary.
 
In the event that a property owner is unresponsive, the Illinois Housing Development Authority will provide an alternative pathway to complete the application.
 
If you have any questions or need assistance completing your application, you can reach out to an area Housing Stability Service Provider. We recommend reaching out to one of the providers listed below.

Will County Center for
Community Concerns
2455 Glenwood Ave.
Joliet, Illinois 60435
www.wcccc.net
(815) 722-0722

Spanish Community Center
309 N. Eastern Ave.
Joliet, Illinois 60432
www.spanishcenter.org
(815) 727-3683

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Town hall Loughran CappelArtboard 1JOLIET – To provide constituents with a legislative update and give them the opportunity to shape policy decisions in Springfield going forward, State Senators Meg Loughran Cappel (D-Shorewood) and John Connor (D-Lockport) will host a joint town hall event in Joliet next week.

“Constituent feedback is critical to the legislative process,” Loughran Cappel said. “The needs and wants of those we represent ought to drive the work we do in Springfield, and I look forward to hearing more from folks about the issues affecting their daily lives.”

“Sitting down with members of our community at a town hall is one of the aspects of my job I look forward to most,” Connor said. “I’m optimistic for a great turnout and excited to discuss how I can best bring local interests to the table in Springfield.”

What: Town hall event

When: 6 – 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 20

Where: Joliet Public Library, Black Road Branch, 3395 Black Road, Joliet

Who: State Senator Meg Loughran Cappel (D-Shorewood), State Senator John Connor (D-Lockport)

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

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

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