My fellow legislators and I have been hard at work making sure we stay on track and pass a balanced budget amidst the current uncertainty we face as a nation.
Thankfully, we were able to pass a $41 billion dollar budget that will continue to fund many parts of our state government. We also voted to expand mail-in voting, which is imperative to maintaining our democracy come November.
And the Lake County Democratic House Delegation won big by securing over $150 million in capital funding for the county, making a historic investment in our region’s infrastructure. The funds will be allocated to roads, bridges, schools, parks, bike paths, homelessness prevention facilities, sewers, flood mitigation, and a variety of other projects.
When it comes to dealing with the fallout from COVID-19, we took steps helping those who have been hit the hardest. Easing the financial pain of small businesses, expanding unemployment benefits, health care and rental assistance, and aiding families of first responders are some of the most important issues we passed over the weekend.
This past week, I was proud to advocate for the state to provide relief to small businesses given the significant gaps in the federal response. We were able to pass Senate Bill 264 that contains numerous provisions to support small businesses including $30 million dollars for small business credit initiatives and $3.5 million for the small business enterprise program.
On top of that, I have been fighting for a solution for businesses who have been unable to claim the business interruption insurance they have paid premiums for, and, thankfully, we were able to establish a task force to address these issues.
One more thing near and dear to my heart is the North Suburban Special Recreation Association (NSSRA) located in the 58th District. We helped secure $5 million in funding so that they can continue to enrich the lives of people with disabilities through their quality recreation services.
I am proud of the job we did. When it mattered, we came together to make sure that Illinoisians across the state are being taken care of during some of our hardest times.
It was a productive session, but our work is far from over. I will continue doing everything that I can to ensure the safety, health, and happiness of my constituents regardless of circumstance.
Be in touch soon.
All my best,