052120210097SPRINGFIELD – School fees may soon be waived for low-income students with veteran or active military parents under a measure by State Senator Adriane Johnson (D-Buffalo Grove).

“Veterans and active military members endure many hardships, and individuals with young children are finding it difficult to keep up with school fees,” Johnson said. “By offering support to our heroes and their families, we can assist them through a difficult financial time.”

Johnson’s proposal allows school board members to waive fees for students with a parent who is a veteran or an active member of the military with an income at or below 200% of the federal poverty level.

“Education is vital for children to succeed,” Johnson said. “With this initiative, Illinois is working to ensure low-income students in military families are able to continue learning without financial burden.”

Senate Bill 3867 passed the Senate Education Committee Tuesday and moves for further consideration before the full Senate.

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Johnson BudgetAddressQuote 1SPRINGFIELD – Following Gov. JB Pritzker’s budget address, State Senator Adriane Johnson (D-Buffalo Grove) released the following statement:
 
“The governor’s budget proposal keeps Illinois on track to maintain our commitment to protect vital human services and social safety nets while working to expand assistance programs that help working families get by. 
 
“Systemic disinvestment has hurt economic viability in Black and brown neighborhoods, which has led to an increase in gun crimes. By funding crucial public safety initiatives and programs for at-risk youth, we can prioritize intervention in areas ravaged by violence and revitalize our communities.
 
“With this responsible, cohesive budget proposal as a firm foundation, we’re ready to craft and negotiate a plan that will serve all who reside in our communities.”
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Valentines for Seniors Johnson Spanish FBWAUKEGAN — To express love and lift the spirits of local seniors, State Senator Adriane Johnson (D-Buffalo Grove) is collecting store-bought or hand-made cards to deliver to long-term care facility residents on Valentine’s Day.

“Older adults, especially those who may live far from family, need a chance to connect with others,” Johnson said. “One simple card can deliver so much power.”

Senator Johnson will collect cards at her district office from now until Feb. 11. The cards will then be donated to a number of long-term care facilities across the district she represents. 

People wishing to participate can drop off cards at an outside collection box or mail them to 149 S. Genesee St., Waukegan, IL 60085.

Senator Johnson reminds everyone to maintain social distancing and to wear a mask if choosing to deliver cards in person. 

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010522CM0261WAUKEGAN – With support from State Senator Adriane Johnson (D-Buffalo Grove), 34 additional businesses in the 30th Senate District have been awarded $1.3 million in combined grants for pandemic-related recovery efforts.

“To offer support to some of our state’s hardest hit industries, this funding was awarded to a diverse, inclusive group of small business owners,” Johnson said. “The local Back to Business grant awardees allow business owners in Cook and Lake counties to retain employees, cover operating expenses and serve patrons effectively as our economy recovers from financial strains.”

The Back to Business grants are awarded by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity using funds allocated to them by the American Rescue Plan through last year’s state budget. So far – thanks to strong support from Johnson – DCEO has provided $111 million in B2B grants to nearly 3,000 small businesses throughout the state with an emphasis on disproportionately impacted areas.

In the district Johnson represents, 56 businesses in total were awarded grants ranging from $5,000 to $175,000 to help them cover the costs of safely staying open through the ongoing pandemic . Businesses ranged from hotels to restaurants and more.

“Small businesses have been resilient throughout closures, supply chain issues and other pandemic-related burdens,” Johnson said. “We can all help by prioritizing shopping small and utilizing the services our community has.”

Businesses will continue to be notified of their application status throughout the next few weeks until all the funds are exhausted. Visit the DCEO website for more information on the B2B program and view a full list of grantees here.

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