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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Senator Terry Link speaks on the Senate floorSPRINGFIELD – Senator Terry Link (D-Vernon Hills) released the following response to Governor Rauner’s State of the State address:

“After three years in office, I would've liked to have heard concrete plans from the governor on how he's going to take charge and move our state forward. Calls for bipartisanship are empty when they come from a governor who has consistently refused to compromise on important issues, resulting in chaos for residents and organizations in my district and across the state. I hope the governor finally chooses to heed his own advice to roll up his sleeves and work across the aisle because the people of Illinois can't afford another year under a governor who fails to lead.”

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Senator Terry Link speaks on the Senate floorSPRINGFIELD – With tobacco use on the rise among teens for the first time in years, Senator Terry Link (D-Vernon Hills) is sponsoring a proposal to raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco to 21 years old.

“Smoke Free Illinois was a major step forward in improving the health of Illinoisans and making our state a better place to live,” Link said. “Tobacco 21 builds on that effort by reducing the number of teen smokers and curbing the next generation of adult smokers, moving us one step closer to a healthier, smoke-free Illinois.”

It has been more than 10 years since Link’s Smoke Free Illinois legislation banning smoking in most public places went in to effect. Since Smoke Free Illinois, there has been a 20 percent decrease in hospitalization of various smoking-related diseases. But with the advent of e-cigarettes, tobacco use among teenagers is on the rise for the first time in years.

“More than 90 percent of smokers start before the age of 21,” Link said. “We must do everything possible to curb teen use and protect the lives of adolescent Illinoisans. Tobacco 21 will help us do that.”

Limiting access to cigarettes has proven effective in reducing the rate of tobacco use among teens. In October 2014, Evanston became the first Illinois community to adopt Tobacco 21. Since then, tobacco use among high schoolers has dropped by 37.5 percent.

 

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Senator Terry Link speaks on the Senate floorSPRINGFIELD – A measure from Senator Terry Link (D-Vernon Hills) to make Illinois a leader in wireless technology advancements passed in the legislature this week.

“As technology continues to advance, it's important that we have the infrastructure in place to support those advancements,” Link said. “Small wireless facilities are an integral part of future 5G wireless networks. This measure will help ensure a smooth transition to 5G and allow Illinois to stay at the forefront of new wireless technology.”

Full 5G deployment projects are expected to create nearly 100,000 new jobs in Illinois and nearly $8.9 billion in network investments over seven years.

The legislation is the result of months of negotiations between Illinois municipal leaders, industry members and stakeholders in an attempt to streamline the process for constructing and regulating small wireless facilities and ensure the infrastructure is in place for wireless technology advancements.

Senate Bill 1451 now goes to the governor for approval.

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