042016CM0621ResizeSPRINGFIELD—Senator Link (D-Vernon Hills) voted with his colleagues in the Senate to pass legislation that would send emergency funding to state universities and community colleges.

Senate Bill 2059 would be a stopgap measure to send emergency funding to state universities and community colleges. The legislation would also send money to all institutions that receive MAP grant money to pay for the first semester of MAP grants. Many institutions took on the costs of covering MAP grants without guarantee of payment.

“We voted today to ensure that the bleeding stops at our institutions of higher education,” Sen. Link said. “The legislation is not enough, but it can calm some of the worries of our students while we continue to work in a bipartisan manner to find answers to our state’s problems.”

The legislation now goes to the governor’s desk for his signature.

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042116CM0708ResizeSPRINGFIELD—Surviving spouses of Illinois veterans would benefit from an extended property tax exemption under legislation sponsored by Senator Terry Link (D-Vernon Hills).

“Veterans put their lives on the line to defend our country. Their families also are a part of that sacrifice, and we should be there for them as well,” Link said.

Senate Bill 3042 would extend the property tax exemption to all surviving spouses of veterans who would have been eligible for the property tax exemption as long as the spouse is the property owner, is their permanent residence and does not remarry.

“Protecting the families of those who defend our country should be a top priority of this General Assembly. We need to continue to honor our veterans and help their families even when our service members are gone,” Link said.

The legislation moves on to the House for further consideration.

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040716CM0337ResizeSPRINGFIELD—Senator Terry Link (D-Vernon Hills) voted to approve Senate Bill 2046, which would appropriate funds to many human service programs, higher education and other critical programs.

SB 2046 would authorize money for local school construction grants. One of those schools is Mundelein High School, which is waiting on more than $8.2 million.

“These schools were promised this money and we need to send it out. Now is not the time for the state to be breaking our promises and expanding the damage done to our credibility,” Link said.

The legislation now moves to the governor’s desk.

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041216CM0522ResizeSPRINGFIELD—State officials would be able to shorten the time it takes to reunite people with unclaimed property and money under legislation that Senator Terry Link (D-Vernon Hills) passed out of the Senate today.

Senate Bill 2783 would require government entities to report unclaimed property as abandoned after five years instead of seven, giving the Illinois treasurer the ability to alert people about unclaimed property nearly two years earlier than before.

“This could be a potential paycheck that is doing nothing but collecting dust in a vault somewhere,” Link said. “We need to be proactive in getting this property in the hands of those who can benefit from it and do some good with it.”

The legislation passed the Illinois Senate. It now moves to the House for consideration.

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