talk about education Feb. 2 in Bloomington
Next Monday the governor is doing a "fly
around" in central Illinois to promote the education reforms he
introduced in his State of the State speech Jan. 15. I have invited him
to visit Stevenson Elementary School in Bloomington for an all-school
assembly. The governor's proposal addresses the creation of a new
Department of Education and mirrors legislation that I introduced last
year. The new department will cut costs and make the people who set
educational policy more accountable to lawmakers and the governor.
Although I applaud the governor's intent, I feel that the decisions for
other programs proposed in his speech are best left at the local level.
attend Maternal and Child Health Coalition meeting
I will be attending the South Central
Illinois Legislative Luncheon, hosted by the Illinois Maternal and Child
Health Coalition, Jan. 30 in Springfield. Speakers will discuss the
concerns of coalition members about medical malpractice and the Medicaid
program, and I will update members about legislation and programs
affecting women's and children's health issues.
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announced for Mount Auburn park
The village of Mount Auburn will receive a
$27,000 state grant to renovate Village Park on Main Street. Development
includes a new pavilion, sand volleyball court and an upgrade of the
The grants are
provided from two sources of funding: Illinois' Open Space Land
Acquisition and Development program and the federal Land and Water
Conservation Fund program. Both programs, by law, provide funding for
local park projects. Communities are reimbursed for up to half the cost
of a project.
[News release from
Sen. Bill Brady]