johnson grantWAUKEGAN – With strong support from State Senator Adriane Johnson, Waukegan will receive $1,056,772 from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity to help with the transition to clean energy. Waukegan is one of over 50 communities impacted by mine and fossil fuel retirements and are therefore eligible to receive state funding under the Climate and Equitable Jobs Act to invest in green energy.

“While moving to clean energy is the right thing for the planet, people who have made a career working in fossil fuel plants or mines can be adversely affected if they have no external support,” said Johnson (D-Buffalo Grove). “This investment will ensure people whose jobs are transitioning to clean energy have resources and opportunities to find new, well-paying jobs so there is no negative impact on their livelihoods.”

The $40 million program was designed to meet the needs of individual localities by addressing the economic and social impacts of plant closures. The funding can be used on a variety of initiatives and investments, including workforce initiatives, housing support, business attraction efforts and more. Recipients were selected by responding to a Notice of Funding Opportunity with a letter of support from the municipality or county where the plant or mine was located.

Grant awards were calculated based on the economic impact of plant or mine closure, specifically, property tax losses and jobs lost due to the plant transition, with a minimum award of $50,000.

“As a member of the Energy and Conservation committee in the Senate, I am very passionate about moving toward clean energy in our state,” said Johnson. “This funding will allow this transition to be smoother while supporting hardworking Illinoisans moving into clean energy jobs.”

Visit the Energy Transition Community Grant Program website for more information.

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johnsonwebsitemarchSPRINGFIELD– State Senator Adriane Johnson is leading a measure to expand cancer research.

“Almost every person knows someone who has been diagnosed or lost their life due to cancer,” said Johnson (D-Buffalo Grove). “We must do everything in our power to provide better treatment, research, and services to help combat this illness.”

In Illinois alone, more that 74,000 new cases of cancer are estimated to be diagnosed this year. According to American Cancer Society more than 23,000 people are projected to die in 2023 with 5,000 as a result of lung and bronchus cancer. Johnson’s measure would expand research in order to answer specific questions about the safety of treatment, vaccines, therapy, medical devices and much more.

“We must expand our research so we can understand how to better treat this disease,” said Johnson. “Knowing how a disease effects people demographically and individually will help improve treatment and chances of survival.”

Senate Bill 1774 passed the Public Health Committee on Tuesday and will head to the Senate floor for further deliberation.

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BUFFALO GROVE – During Human Trafficking Awareness Month and in her efforts to address the global epidemic of modern slavery, State Senator Adriane Johnson supports the local short film premiere of Lost N Found.

“Human trafficking is a vastly growing issue that is happening right now in our communities,” said Johnson (D-Buffalo Grove). “It is an unfortunate crisis and we must amplify the concern and tell stories that demonstrate this harsh reality. I am proud to support Yashin’s efforts.”

Yashin “Inchworm” Phillips, director of the short film Lost N Found, captures the journey of a father being faced with the challenging circumstances of sex trafficking when an experience hits close to home. The film made its first premiere at the Genesee Theatre in Waukegan, IL this month.

“I am so blessed, so honored, and so grateful of the support that Senator Johnson has provided on this film,” said Phillips. “For her to see the potential in me, believe in the work that I’m doing, and push me to display it on a larger scale, it means a lot.”

In 2021 there were over 240 cases of human trafficking in the state of Illinois with over 350 victims involved. The vast majority of those victims were women, in which Phillips’ film demonstrates. Lost N Found will have its second premiere on Sunday February 5, at the Marcus Gurnee Cinema where two shows will be held at 3:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Tickets can be found online.

To learn more about human trafficking or to get help, call 1-888-373-7888 or visit


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SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Adriane Johnson was inaugurated Wednesday for a second term.

“This district holds a special place in my heart – together we have made history once again,” said Johnson (D-Buffalo Grove). “The 30th District is filled with variety of unique stories, backgrounds and beliefs. I am so fortunate to represent the community and to continue to fight for its needs.”

Johnson made history during her first term as the first Black State Senator in the 30th District. She advanced several measures surrounding environmental protection, funding for youth, health care screenings, and more. This term she plans to further expand measures pertaining to the health care system, environmental care, and education.

“I am committed to listening to the problems residents face on a daily basis and work effortlessly to create solutions that will enhance the success and development of our community,” said Johnson. “I anticipate working with many of my local neighbors and organizations in an effort to make it happen.”

People in the 30th District can contact Johnson’s office for assistance with state and local resources at (847) 672-6201 or .


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