SPRINGFIELD – Veterans establishments across Illinois would be allowed to apply for video gaming licenses under a measure from Senator Terry Link that passed out of the Senate today.

“Our service members and veterans have sacrificed so much for our country,” said Link (D-Vernon Hills). “I strongly believe that their service should warrant them special permission to allow video gaming in their facilities if they so choose.”

Senate Bill 3166 allows the Illinois Gaming Board to issue video gaming licenses to licensed veterans establishments within cities or counties which have otherwise prohibited video gaming.

“Allowing veterans’ establishments special permission to have video gaming machines in their facilities is just one more way we can show our support and gratitude for their service to our country,” Link said.

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SPRINGFIELD – A measure from Senator Terry Link (D-Vernon Hills) that will make Illinois a leader in wireless technology advancements and create 100,000 new Illinois jobs was signed into law today.

“As technology continues to advance and smartphone data use continues to increase, it's important that we have the infrastructure in place to support those advancements,” Link said. “This measure will help ensure a smooth transition to 5G and allow Illinois to stay at the forefront of new wireless technology.”

Over seven years, full 5G deployment and small cell projects will:
•    Create nearly 100,000 new jobs in Illinois
•    Include $8.9 billion in network investments
•    Allow Illinoisans to contact 9-1-1 via text, and eventually video
•    Provide consumers with faster download speeds and improved call quality
•    Help attract new businesses to the state

“Illinois businesses rely on fast wireless networks to stay connected to their employees and customers,” Link said. “Updating our network technology will help bring new employers to the state.”

5G wireless technology utilizes small cell transmitters on existing utility poles in communities throughout the state, which have been overseen by a patchwork of local regulations. Senate Bill 1451 cuts the red tape and streamlines the process so consumers can gain access to the fastest technology possible.

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Senator Terry Link speaks on the Senate floorSPRINGFIELD – Some of Lake County’s most underfunded school districts will receive a significant boost under Illinois’ new education funding formula, Senator Terry Link (D-Vernon Hills) announced today.

Schools in Waukegan and North Chicago specifically will receive close to $17 million in new state support because they are among Illinois’ least funded districts and unable to adequately educate their students.

“When we passed education funding reform last year, we recognized that each school district in our state has unique needs that should be taken into consideration when we distribute funds,” Link said. “When these funds are released, the neediest districts will get the most funding, giving every student in Illinois an equal opportunity for a quality education.”

The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) issued vouchers to the Illinois Comptroller today that clear the way for schools around the state to begin receiving money under the new evidence-based model.

ISBE worked with school districts and lawmakers for months to calculate the distribution, taking into account enrollment, district-specific student learning needs, available local resources and other data.

The overhaul of education funding reform passed by the Senate last year created a tiered system in which money is prioritized for the districts furthest from the adequacy target.  

No school district in the state received less money today than it did last year.

 

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Senator Terry Link presides over the SenateSPRINGFIELD – State Senator Terry Link (D-Vernon Hills) issued the following response to the governor’s budget address:

“We saw today that the governor is still refusing to propose meaningful solutions to solve Illinois’ financial problems and move the state forward. Instead of providing critical funding for our schools, the governor wants to shift more costs to our local governments, which would result in higher property taxes for Illinoisans. My constituents can’t afford Rauner’s cost-shifting shell game. They need the governor to take charge and be a real problem solver for our state.”

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