Harvest Emergency Declaration
On Friday, Sept. 7, Governor Bruce Rauner made an emergency harvest declaration. The declaration allows farmers to transport heavier loads than what is typically allowed on Illinois roadways.
Vehicles, with a permit from the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) will be allowed to exceed the maximum axle weight limits, gross weight limits, and the registered gross weight by 10 percent on federal and state highways under the jurisdiction of the IDOT, excluding interstate highways. The declaration will be in effect from Sept. 7, to Dec. 31, 2018.
“I support the Harvest Emergency Declaration because our farmers need every opportunity they can get to get their crops out of their fields as quickly and efficiently as possible. A declaration such as this shows we value their hard work,” said Sen. Schimpf.
The change is timely as heavy rains in the upper Midwestern plains will lead to high water levels in the coming weekend in southern Illinois. The Mississippi River is expected to reach flood stage by Monday, Sept. 10, jeopardizing many crops in the bottomlands adjacent to the river. See more about the forecast here: water.weather.gov.
Capital funding released for SIUC improvements
$1.25 million for repairs at four campus buildings
Senator Schimpf is pleased to share that Southern Illinois University (SIU) will see $1,250,000 in capital funding for campus improvements and repairs as part of the Fiscal Year 2019 capital budget approved by lawmakers in late May. The capital program was appropriated as part of the current FY 2019 state budget.
“With this announcement, SIU will be able to move forward with needed improvements,” said Sen. Schimpf. “This capital funding ensures that the university will be able to make these necessary repairs to infrastructure and highlights why passage of a state budget was of critical importance to Illinois.”
The funds will go toward roof repairs or replacements on three academic buildings and an auditorium, including:
- Neckers Hall, primarily used for the sciences
- Engineering building, B wing
- Pulliam Hall, used for multiple classrooms and other instructional facilities
- Shryock Auditorium, a 1,200 seat facility used for musical performances
Senator Schimpf announces library grant recipients
Three Dist. 58 libraries to receive funding for programming
Senator Schimpf is pleased to announce that three libraries within District 58 will receive grant funding through the Project Next Generation program. The district will see close to $40,000 in funding. In total, $526,790 in 2019 grants will be awarded to 31 public libraries statewide.
Project Next Generation is a mentoring program administered through Illinois public libraries. The program offers grant funding to public libraries for establishing educational, "after-school" programs that not only provide access to computers, software, and various technological devices, but also hire mentors who are crucial to helping students develop self-confidence and pride in their newly acquired skills.
- Carbondale Public Library, Carbondale – $17,468
- Pinckneyville Public Library, Pinckneyville – $10,000
- Sparta Public Library, Sparta – $12,500
The Project Next Generation grant program encourages personal growth and the educational development of at risk students through the use of mentors, technology and library based group projects. The goal is to bridge the digital divide by making recent technologies accessible to students who have limited access to computers.
In a similar manner, the program strives to provide a safe and friendly environment filled with positive role models. The mentors involved with the program foster the development of self-confidence and pride in their students by helping them gain technical knowledge necessary for future educational and professional success.
For more information, please call 217-782-5506 or visit the Project Next Generation website.
For the first time, Illinois high school students will have access to information that shows how much they might earn if they graduate from colleges and universities located in the state.
ILCollege2Career.com links employment and higher education data so users can compare the relative earnings value of college degrees. The information is broken down by schools and area of study, so that students can compare the earning potential of business degrees, for example, from different public and private institutions in the state.
The idea is to help students and parents make college decisions based on an evaluation of real-time successes of a school’s graduates, in addition to other factors such as cost, average debt levels, and likelihood to graduate on-time. The tool will also show the benefits of investing in higher education, as it demonstrates how connected our thriving higher education system is to the workforce development of our state.
ILCollege2Career.com is the product of collaboration between the Governor’s Office, Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE), the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB), the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC), and the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES).
Department of Natural Resources Releases September Update
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources’ September 2018 update is now available! Here you will find information on hunting permits, camping reservations, bobcat permits, activities at state parks and museums, kids’ events and other activities around the state.
The Fall Catch-and-Release Fly Fishing Season Opens October 6 at select sites*
The 2018 Illinois Fall Trout Fishing Season opens on Saturday, Oct. 20 at 57 ponds, lakes, and streams throughout the state.
The Fall Catch-and-Release Fly Fishing Season will be available at nine sites beginning on Oct. 6 at locations marked with an asterisk (*) in the list below. Fly fishing anglers can use fly fishing gear to catch and release trout beginning Oct. 6 at the nine sites. No trout may be kept during the fly fishing period, but all anglers can keep trout after the opening of the regular fall trout season on Oct. 20.
The IDNR has added four new sites for Fall Trout Fishing in 2018, raising the stocking of rainbow trout to 67,000 fish in the fall season, and approximately that same number for the spring season. The new 2018 Fall Trout Fishing sites are Bauman Lake in Cherry Valley, Casey Park Pond in Casey, Weldon Springs State Park Lake near Clinton, and Belk Park Pond in Edwardsville.
No trout may be taken from any of the stocked sites from Oct. 1 until the fall trout season opens at 5 a.m. on Oct. 20. Anyone attempting to take (harvest) trout before the legal harvest season opening will be issued citations.
All anglers — including those using fly fishing gear who intend to release fish caught before Oct. 20 — must have a valid fishing license and an Inland Trout Stamp, unless they are under the age of 16, blind or disabled, or are an Illinois resident on leave from active duty in the Armed Forces. The daily catch limit for each angler is five trout.
Illinois fishing licenses and Inland Trout Stamps are available at DNR Direct license and permit locations, including many bait shops, sporting goods stores and other retail outlets.
Fishing licenses and trout stamps can also be purchased by using a credit card through DNR Direct online via the IDNR website at www.dnr.illinois.gov.
NOTE: Not all fall trout sites open at 5 a.m. on opening day. Anglers are reminded to check the opening time of their favorite trout fishing location prior to the season. For more information about all site regulations, anglers should contact individual sites that will be stocked with catchable-size trout.
The Illinois catchable trout program is funded by those who use the program through the sale of Inland Trout Stamps and through the Illinois Fish Management Fund.
2018 Illinois Fall Trout Locations in Southern Illinois:
(* Denotes Sites Open for Catch-and-Release Fly Fishing Early Season)
- Bond County: Greenville Old City Lake
- Crawford County: Crawford County Conservation Area Pond #6
- Jefferson County: Mount Vernon Game Farm Pond
- Johnson County: Ferne Clyffe State Park Lake
- Madison County: Belk Park Pond, Edwardsville Park District
- Madison County: Highland Old City Lake
- Marion County: Boston Pond, Stephen A. Forbes State Park
- Massac County: Fairgrounds Pond, Fort Massac State Park, Metropolis
- Randolph County: Derby Lake, World Shooting and Recreational Complex, Sparta
- Randolph County: Randolph County Lake
- Saline County: Jones State Lake Pond
- Clair County: Frank Holten State Recreation Area main lake
- Clair County: Jones Park Lake, East St. Louis
- Clair County: Willow Lake, Peabody River King State Fish and Wildlife Area *
- Wabash County: Beall Woods Lake, Beall Woods State Park
- Wayne County: Sam Dale State Fish and Wildlife Area Trout Pond
- Williamson County: Devil’s Kitchen Lake
Disasters Happen: Prepare now; learn how
September is “National Preparedness Month,” which highlights the importance of preparing yourself and your family for handling an emergency. To prepare, learn life-saving skills, such as CPR, before you need to use them in an emergency situation. Check your insurance policies and coverage needed in your area for severe events such as tornadoes, floods or earthquakes. It is also a great idea to save enough money in case an emergency strikes. It’s also important to know which types of disasters could affect your area, as well as know how you’ll contact your family and reconnect if separated. Learn how to sign up for and receive emergency alerts and warnings for your area. Know your shelter plan and evacuation route as well. Last year was the costliest year for natural disasters in United States history.
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To schedule a constituent meeting with call 618-684-1100. Meantime, visit his website for the latest news impacting District 58 at http://senatorschimpf.com/.
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