Waukegan – State Senator Terry Link (D-Waukegan) had this to say about President Obama’s infrastructure plan:

“After years of wear and tear and the annual weather damage that our roads and highways see, President Obama’s infrastructure plan is well-timed. The citizens of the 30th District will be pleased to know that our community will see their fair share of this $302 billion plan, which will go a long way to fortifying transportation hubs across the northeast corner of our state.”

Yesterday, President Obama proposed a four-year, $302 billion highway bill that will build highways, bridges, railways and transit programs, as well as protect 700,000 jobs.

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Link-022514 js 0278State Senator Terry Link (D-Waukegan) is sponsoring legislation that will help keep prescription drugs off the streets, away from children and out of the water supply.

“Although there is a collection program counties can take part in statewide, Lake County does not receive any funding for disposal of these pharmaceutical drugs,” said Link.  “It is left up to local police departments to use their own resources to collect, transport and store these prescription drugs for up to six months. Unfortunately, many don’t have the financial means to do this.”

A lack of storage space has discouraged smaller police agencies in the Lake County region from participating in the statewide drug collection program. When these drugs are turned into police departments, it cuts down on the number of these drugs on the streets and accidental overdoses that can occur when children get a hold of these drugs. In addition, this program helps to keep people from flushing the drugs down our sewers, which can lead to increased levels of drugs turning up in the water supply.

Senate Bill 2928 creates the Lake County Prescription Drug Disposal Pilot Program, which will facilitate the collection, transportation, and disposal of pharmaceutical drugs throughout the county. There is also corresponding funding for the program, Senate Bill 3116.

This legislation is an initiative of the Lake County Underage Drinking and Drug Prevention Task Force. Currently, Lake County has 13 prescription drug collection sites, with 12 of the boxes located in police departments. Lake County has been very successful at collecting prescription drugs, taking in around 8,000 pounds of medication in 2012.

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WAUKEGAN — Thanks to State Senator Terry Link (D-Waukegan), Illinois has a new law that will remove the statute of limitations for child sexual abuse.

“Often people are well into adulthood before they are psychologically capable of coming forward about abuse inflicted on them as children,” said Link. “By then, the timetable may have run out, making it impossible to seek justice from abusers.”

Senate Bill 1399 removes the statute of limitations for legal actions based on childhood sexual abuse. Under current law, the statute of limitations to report childhood sexual abuse is 20 years from the date the victim recalls the abuse. The new law removes the statute of limitations altogether, allowing a person to bring an action based on childhood sexual abuse at any time.

Victims of childhood sex abuse can suffer a wide variety of negative effects, lasting well into adulthood. It is quite common for young victims to block out memory of the abuse as a coping mechanism; however, the memory of the event can be triggered later in life.

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Link-petition-releaseThe Illinois Senate’s Legislative Petition committee met Tuesday in Waukegan to discuss the problem building known as Lakeside Tower. The petition, which was brought forth by State Senator Terry Link (D-Waukegan), calls for a full investigation by Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) into conditions at the property and related crime in and around Lakeside Tower.

“I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has participated in the petition drive and allowed us to bring this issue before the Senate committee,” said Senator Terry Link. “Over the last decade, the management of the facility has allowed Lakeside Tower to deteriorate and unfortunately it has become a hotbed of crime in our community.”

Senator Link went on to say that aside from the crime that has occurred in and around the tower, the building itself needs to be completely refurbished or torn down. The health and safety of those living at Lakeside Tower should also be a concern to HUD.

Testimony at Tuesday’s hearing came from residents and city officials. Residents spoke to an existing problem that has not improved. City officials provided historical background and discussed recent efforts to work with the property manager to clean up the building.

“I will be posting the hearing on my website for those who couldn’t attend, as well as forwarding this information to HUD,” said Link. “I will continue to work to ensure that our community has its voice heard on this issue.”

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