crayonsState Senator Terry Link welcomed news that Waukegan Community Unit School District 60 received $1.4 million from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity to improve classrooms. The money will be devoted to renovations at EPIC preschool. That project includes four new classrooms and 3,200 square feet of additional usable space.

"This funding will ultimately help EPIC preschool to increase its capacity to better serve its students. I congratulate the school board members and, especially president Hanna, for their leadership,” said Senator Link. The renovation is schedule to be completed this summer.

EPIC preschool occupies the former Marine Corps Reserve Center that was acquired by the school district in 2011 at no cost, after the base was closed.

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link-parkcityPARK CITY – At the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the city’s new public works building on October 30, it was announced that the building would be named in honor of State Senator Terry Link (D-Waukegan). That information came as a bit of a surprise to the senator but it was considered fitting by the town’s mayor, Steve Panell.

After a brief tour of the new facilities, which have ample room for service vehicles and a lift for vehicle repairs, Panell read a proclamation officially naming the building the “Terry Link Public Works Facility.”

“As a cost-saving measure, it is reasonable to recognize a facility to house equipment and materials will help save the Park City Department of Public Works money by maintaining its equipment,” Senator Link said. “The new facility will go a long way to ensuring more effective implementation of the public works in Park City.”

Senator Link assisted Panell and Park City in receiving the grant from the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity. The previous facility did not have enough room to cover vehicles and lacked office space. Additionally, the former facility had a swinging gate that made exiting the ground difficult in the case of severe snowfall; the new facility has a sliding unit that will provide a much easier departure in such events.

The original building was about 1,000 square feet. That amount has been increased nearly five-fold to 4,800 square feet. The former facility will continue to be used by the department for storage.

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IEC-2014-LinkIn a time when it seems that doing the right thing environmentally may not align with doing the profitable thing, the Illinois Environmental Council acts as a guiding light. Every year, the organization awards top legislators with the “Environmental Champion - 100% Scorecard” award and places them on their environmental scorecard. Senator Terry Link (D-Waukegan) was one of the recipients this year.

“It is an honor to receive this award from the Illinois Environmental Council,” Link said. “While our job as legislators is to work for the people of this great state, if we didn’t also do our part to look after the environment of Illinois the people would wind up in some sorry shape.”

In order to receive the honor, legislators needed to vote for 11 pieces of legislation that the IEC deemed key to their environmental goals. Legislators who did not receive 100 percent awards needed to vote in favor of at least eight of the ten. Those bills for 2014 include:

  • HB5657, which sought to change regulations for vendors at farmer’s markets, allowing them to sell in multiple counties with greater ease.
  • HB4227 streamlines requirements for electronics recyclers, making it easy to comply with the Electronic Products Recycling Act.
  • HB2427, which authorizes a one-time $30 million supplemental procurement from the Renewable Energy Resources Fund for solar energy.
  • SB2727 bans plastic microbeads from use in facial scrubs and body washes.
  • SB2780 which creates funding for green stormwater infrastructure and pollution prevention projects.

While not one of the bills on the scorecard, Link sponsored SB2928 in an effort to keep prescription drugs out of Lake County’s water system by creating a drug disposal pilot program in that area.

"Senator Link has been a constant advocate for the environment in Springfield throughout his career,” said Jen Walling, the IEC’s executive director. “This year, he did excellent work to protect water from pollution from pharmaceuticals and also was a leader on renewable energy. I am pleased to congratulate him on his perfect record this year."

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linktWAUKEGAN – With the Waukegan teachers strike headed for a fourth week, State Senator Terry Link said he’s looking into proposing a state law that would force administrators to go without pay whenever schools shut down because of contract disputes.

Waukegan School District 60 teachers have been on strike since Oct. 2. Negotiations have stalled, resulting in school closures for 17,000 students.

“Perhaps administrators would be more interested in resolving this situation if they had more skin in the game,” said Link, a Waukegan Democrat. “Superintendents shouldn’t collect their salaries for showing up and turning on the lights when the classrooms are empty.”

Link said he has asked Senate staff to look into drafting legislation. His idea would prohibit tax dollars from being used to pay administrative salaries during a teachers strike when educators are going without pay.

Link said Waukegan teachers are among the lowest paid in the state. The administrators are not.

“I think we all want this resolved quickly so our children can get back to learning,” Link said. “I think we could prevent these types of situations if both sides had a financial stake in the process.”

Link said he would like to be able to have legislation ready for the upcoming fall session in November or the spring session, which starts in January.

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