Updated Enviro FlyerBUFFALO GROVE – To answer residents’ questions about clean water access, conservation efforts and the community’s clean energy future, State Senator Adriane Johnson (D-Buffalo Grove) is joining fellow legislators and energy policy experts for a virtual Environmental Town Hall on Wednesday, April 7 at 7 p.m.

“Illinois possesses unique and beautiful natural spaces, but climate change puts wildlife and landscapes—not to mention our own personal health—at risk,” Johnson said. “I’m looking forward to engaging with residents to discuss how Illinois can ‘go green’ and secure a cleaner, healthier future for the next generation.”

Johnson will be joined by Lake County State Representatives Daniel Didech (D-Buffalo Grove) and Rita Mayfield (D-Waukegan), as well as representatives from the Illinois Environmental Council, the Sierra Club Illinois Chapter, Faith in Place and Clean Power Lake County.

Panelists will talk through some of today’s top environmental issues and discuss the latest environmental policy proposals in the General Assembly and their potential impact on Lake County.

“Environmental policy is ever changing in response to new research and advancements in clean energy technology,” Johnson said. “I urge anyone interested in environmental justice and climate change to join the conversation and learn about the most cutting-edge initiatives to fight the climate crisis in Illinois.”

The free town hall will be held via Zoom. Register here to receive login information.

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SPRINGFIELD – Northern Illinois residents who have been involuntarily admitted for treatment of a mental health disorder could seek care closer to home under legislation sponsored by State Senator Adriane Johnson (D-Buffalo Grove).

03162021CM0395“If you’re suffering from a mental health disorder, the last thing you need is to be separated from your loved ones,” Johnson said. “This measure would allow residents to be treated at the facility that’s closest to them, even if it’s across the Wisconsin border—it’s just common sense.”

The legislation would create the Interstate Contracts for Mental Health Disorder Treatment Act, allowing Illinois and Wisconsin residents who are involuntarily admitted for inpatient treatment of a mental health disorder to be treated at facilities across state lines.

For residents who live near the border of Illinois and Wisconsin, the closest qualified hospital or facility is often not in their home state. However, current law prohibits residents from being committed for mental health conditions outside the state, meaning that these residents must undergo treatment hours from family and loved ones.

Similar collaborative arrangements have been successfully enacted in Michigan, Iowa and Minnesota, which allow providers in these states to accept patients from Wisconsin for mental health treatment.

“Many Wisconsin residents utilize Illinois services and have family in Illinois, and vice versa. By establishing this agreement, we’re helping residents throughout the region get well,” Johnson said.

Senate Bill 1966 passed the Senate Behavioral and Mental Health Committee Tuesday and now heads to the full Senate for consideration.

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BUFFALO GROVE – In response to news that Illinois National Guard teams will be deployed to the Lake County Fairgrounds to bolster vaccine distribution operations there, State Senator Adriane Johnson (D-Buffalo Grove) thanked the National Guard members for helping move the Lake County community closer to recovery.

U.S. Army Spc. Zakkery Kroft, left, a infantryman assigned to the 3637th Maintenance Company, Illinois Army National Guard, and Airman 1st Class Denver Duhs, an aerospace medical technician assigned to Detachment 1, 182nd Medical Group, Illinois Air National Guard, bag a COVID-19 test at a drive-thru testing site in Bloomington, Ill., March 28, 2020. Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker activated Illinois Army and Air National Guard members to provide support to COVID-19 response operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Wynndermere Shaw)“I am grateful to all the residents who have been patient over the past few months as they have waited for their vaccine, and to our health care providers as they work tirelessly to get shots into arms as quickly as possible,” Johnson said. “This additional support from the Illinois National Guard will accelerate efforts and allow us to protect even more vulnerable Illinoisans from COVID-19.”

The Illinois National Guard will deploy teams to the Lake County Fairgrounds this week to enhance efforts already underway by the Lake County Health Department. The Fairgrounds site is currently serving adults covered in Phases 1A and 1B of the state’s vaccination plan, including health care personnel, long-term care facility residents, adults age 65 and older, and front-line essential workers.

The team assisting Lake County’s efforts is one of more than 75 National Guard teams—comprised of more than 1,380 service members—supporting vaccination sites across the state each day.

Nearly 11% of Lake County residents are fully vaccinated, including over half of residents age 65 and older. To sign up for an appointment or register to receive a notification when you become eligible for the vaccine, visit AllVax.lakecohealth.org.

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VERNON HILLS – The Lakeview Fitness Center in Vernon Hills will soon see a 3,300-square-foot addition and other major upgrades thanks to a $2.2 million grant through the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and the Park and Recreational Facility Construction (PARC) grant program, State Senator Adriane Johnson (D-Buffalo Grove) announced.

Lakeview Fitness Center“Recreational activity is critical to maintaining good health, both physical and mental,” Johnson said. “The revitalized Lakeview Fitness Center will offer our community even more opportunities to get up and move.”

The Vernon Hills Park District was awarded a $2.2 million PARC grant to fund an addition and renovation to the existing Lakeview Fitness Center.

The new facility will feature office space, additional parking, an outdoor paved area, locker room improvements, a new bathroom and a new group exercise room. The grant will also fund upgrades to the pool, including a new ADA pool lift, added lap lanes, a zero-entry pool edge and a splash pad for kids.

The PARC grant program provides up to 90% of project costs to help build, renovate and improve recreational buildings used by the public, with local governments matching the value of the grants awarded. The grant to the Vernon Hills Park District was one of 17 PARC grants awarded across the state Wednesday.

A full list of grantees is available on IDNR’s website.

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