photoSPRINGFIELD – State Senator James Clayborne (D-Belleville) discussed the downstate economy, firearm owners’ rights, urban revitalization and education with reporters from Chicago Public Radio WBEZ-FM on Friday. Clayborne gave Chicago listeners a perspective from the Metro East and downstate Illinois.

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040814 js 0664SPRINGFIELD – Governor Pat Quinn recently announced more than $600,000 in federal grants for two St. Clair County bike paths. The grants were part of a $52.7 million program to promote bike commuting, walking and fitness.

“There is a need in our communities for driving alternatives. Whether people commute on these paths or walk and bike for fitness, these upgrades promote healthy living,” State Senator James Clayborne (D-Belleville) said.

O’Fallon received $448,550 to upgrade the Illini Bike Trail; extending the existing trail and creating a bike lane on Lincoln Avenue.

Shiloh received $226,590 to build trails connecting Scott Air Force Base with other trail systems.

These funds are awarded a competitive basis by the Illinois Department of Transportation. Local governments must match the funds and must begin work within three years.

This year IDOT awarded grants for 71 projects.

012914 js 0413SPRINGFIELD – Governor Pat Quinn outlined his 2015 budget to lawmakers Wednesday. In it he called for extending the current 5 percent income tax rate that was set to expire next year.

State Senator James Clayborne (D-Belleville) reacted to his proposals.

“This is a difficult time and over the next few months we need to ask ourselves a lot of difficult questions about where we are leading our state,” Clayborne said.

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