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“This is about making sure our local governments are including every community in their contracting process.” - State Senator James F. Clayborne, Jr. (D-Belleville)

SPRINGFIELD – Legislation aimed at increasing participation of minority-owned businesses in local government contracts passed the Illinois Senate Transportation Committee today.

Senate Bill 2610, sponsored by State Senator James F. Clayborne, Jr. (D-Belleville), would require counties and cities that receive more than $1 million in motor fuel tax revenue from the Illinois Department of Transportation to implement a business enterprise program before they receive their funds from IDOT.

The program would set goals for the inclusion of minority-, veteran-, female- and disability-owned businesses for government contracts. Currently, 21 counties and 46 municipalities receive more than $1 million in motor fuel tax revenues from IDOT.

Clayborne said requiring cities and counties to include these underrepresented communities in their contracting will open new avenues of opportunities for businesses.

“This is about making sure our local governments are including every community in their contracting process,” Clayborne said. “Our local governments should be investing in the communities they serve and this measure will guarantee that they are.”

The legislation will now go before the whole Senate for a vote.

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“The money that will come out of these reforms will finally help provide a level playing field so our schools can start to excel.” - State Senator James F. Clayborne, Jr. (D-Belleville)

BELLEVILLE – More than $10 million in new school funding will be coming to public schools in the 57th legislative district this year as last year’s education funding reforms begin to take effect.

The reforms were part of an effort to overhaul how the state funds public schools. Previously, poorer districts were left waiting for adequate funding behind richer districts with little need for state aid, but the new formula fixes that discrepancy by prioritizing the school districts that need it most.

State Senator James F. Clayborne, Jr. (D-Belleville) said the new funding from these reforms will help area schools invest in their students for generations to come.

“Our public schools cannot succeed without the resources necessary to do so,” Clayborne said. “The money that will come out of these reforms will finally help provide a level playing field so our schools can start to excel.”

The schools receiving the largest funding increases in the 57th district are Belleville Township High School District 201 at $2.42 million, Belleville School District 118 at $1.68 million and East St. Louis School District 189 at $1 million.

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"While his budget may appear balanced, it is clear that this budget will hurt working class communities that have struggled under his failed leadership.” - State Senator James F. Clayborne, Jr. (D-Belleville)

SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner gave his fourth budget address at the Capitol today. The budget, which the governor claims to be balanced, relies on shifting pension costs and gutting health insurance for state employees.

State Senator James F. Clayborne, Jr. (D-Belleville) released the following statement:

“The governor’s plan saddles local schools with the choice of raising property taxes or firing teachers due to a lack of resources. This, coupled with the governor’s aim for a property tax freeze, will suffocate local schools and could force drastic cuts. While his budget may appear balanced, it is clear that this budget will hurt working class communities that have struggled under his failed leadership.”

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