SJR54 Adopted in Senate
This week the Illinois Senate adopted Sen. Schimpf’s resolution - SJR54 which establishes the Southwest Illinois Connector Task Force. The group will assess the economic feasibility and value of a four-lane highway connecting Carbondale to the Metro East.
Senate Joint Resolution 54 is part of Sen. Schimpf’s Eight for ’18 agenda where he touches actions that can ignite job creation, reducing government spending, and keeping promises in District 58. The task force will not require the use of state funding in order to conduct this study and the group will review and utilize other studies done in the past.
Sen. Schimpf, SIUC, and IDNR unite for strategic planning study
Senator Paul Schimpf made progress on one of the priorities in his Eight for ‘18 agenda this week. The Senator is teaming up with Southern Illinois University at Carbondale (SIUC) researchers and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) to carry out a strategic planning study on the future economic vitality of two IDNR sites located in Senate District 58.
The sites include the World Shooting and Recreational Complex in Sparta and Pyramid State Park in Perry County. The plan is outlined a Memorandum of Understanding that was presented and signed at a joint press conference in Sparta on Monday, May 7.
About the Memorandum:
SIUC and IDNR will produce separate strategic planning studies for both sites which will:
- Assess the current capability of each facility to fulfill its mission
- Identify infrastructure, staffing, and promotional needs of each facility
- Explore how each facility can serve as an economic driver for the region
Sen. Paul Schimpf, was joined by IDNR Director Wayne Rosenthal, and SIUC Chancellor Carlo Montemagno. They studies will address what needs to be done to make these facilities a success in future years.
Eighth grade students from Red Bud Elementary School visited Sen. Schimpf at the Capitol this week for TECH 2018.
From Left: Hunter, Kennadie, Logan, with their teacher, Jessica Green
Students representing more than 100 schools across Illinois traveled to Springfield on May 10 as part of the annual TECH 2018 program at the Capitol. Since 1990, students and teachers have set up demonstration tables at the Capitol to show state lawmakers how they are using technology in the classroom. TECH 2018 aims to increase awareness of the critical role technology plays in preparing students to succeed in today’s world.
This week Sen. Schimpf was honored to be joined on the Illinois Senate Floor by three seniors from Du Quoin High School.
From left: Madeline (Maddie) Halstead, Madison Jones, and Howard Clark
About State Senator Paul Schimpf
Sen. Schimpf took the Oath of Office during the Inauguration of the 100th General Assembly on Jan. 11, 2017 at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield. Senate District 58 includes all or parts of Jackson, Jefferson, Perry, Randolph, Monroe, St. Clair, Washington, and Union Counties and represents more than 220,000 Illinois citizens.