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“For someone who claims to love the entire state, Governor Rauner seems to surround himself with people who care little for communities besides their own.” - State Senator James F. Clayborne, Jr. (D-Belleville)

SPRINGFIELD – The Chair of the Illinois Lottery Control Board is under fire for comments he made about East St. Louis earlier this month. Evanston resident Blair Garber used the same disgusting remarks used by President Trump to describe third world countries to describe East St. Louis in a tweet.

Garber was appointed by Governor Bruce Rauner to the board that oversees the state lottery in May of 2016.

State Senator James F. Clayborne, Jr. (D-Belleville) represents East St. Louis in the Illinois Senate and is calling on the governor to ask for Garber’s resignation from the board.

“For someone who claims to love the entire state, Governor Rauner seems to surround himself with people who care little for communities besides their own,” the Senate’s Majority Leader said. “If the governor does not ask for Mr. Garber’s resignation then I think it is obvious how the governor feels about places like East St. Louis.”

Clayborne says the comments made by Garber are insulting to the many East St. Louisans who have made great contributions to Illinois and the United States.

“When you make comments like that, you disparage the legacies and accomplishments of people like jazz legend Miles Davis, Senator Dick Durbin, Congressman Jerry Costello, Poet Laureate Eugene Redmond, Major General Marcia Anderson, Olympic gold medalists Jackie Joyner-Kersee and Al Joyner, United Nations Ambassador Donald McHenry, United States Ambassador to Morocco Dwight L. Bush and the thousands of unsung heroes who have called East St. Louis home.”

02152017AM7143BELLEVILLE – Senate Majority Leader James F. Clayborne, Jr. (D-Belleville) released the following statement today:

“I want to thank my constituents over the years for allowing me to serve them in Springfield. In collaboration with my constituents we have worked together to improve the quality of life in the 57th Senatorial District by increasing education funding, building new schools and improving access to technology in the classroom.

“Additionally, we have worked together to provide greater resources through grants to our local police and fire departments to improve public safety. Our hard work has led to an improved transportation system and increased economic opportunities for all.

“I have decided that I will not be seeking re-election next year. I am going to focus on my family and my life out of public service. I look forward to this new chapter in my life and would once again like to thank the people of the 57th District for allowing me to be their voice in Springfield.”

Clayborne has represented the 57th Legislative District since 1995. The district is located primarily in St. Clair County, while also containing parts of Madison County.

Clayborne has also served as the Senate Majority Leader, the second highest ranking member of the Senate, since 2009.

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“I want to thank everyone who worked to make this legislation a success and continue our efforts to bring jobs to the Metro East.” - Senate Majority Leader James F. Clayborne, Jr. (D-Belleville)

BELLEVILLE – A tax credit benefiting East St. Louis was extended today. The river edge tax credit promotes economic development in places like East St. Louis. Under the program, developers receive tax credits for renovating historic structures.

Senate Majority Leader James F. Clayborne, Jr. (D-Belleville) co-sponsored the bipartisan legislation and represents East St. Louis.

“Communities like East St. Louis are huge winners under this tax credit,” Clayborne said. “I want to thank everyone who worked to make this legislation a success and continue our efforts to bring jobs to the Metro East.”

The legislation, Senate Bill 1783, passed both chambers with an overwhelming bipartisan majority and extends the tax credit to the end of 2021.

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