020922CT00085 rSPRINGFIELD – A measure by State Senator John Connor (D-Lockport) to allow Illinoisans to operate motor vehicles if in possession of a digitized mobile driver’s license, or “mDL,” was heard in the Senate Transportation Committee on Tuesday.

“Easier identification for residents is beneficial to the motorist, police officers, and for the public,” Connor said. “Our Secretary of State here in Illinois is working with the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators to prepare for this, as are other states and tech giants such as Apple and Google. “

Senate Bill 3096 as filed would allow Illinoisans to utilize driver’s licenses in digital form to operate motor vehicles and in connection with traffic stops or checkpoints.

“As we continue this process, national standards must be adopted so that when an Illinois driver's license app is rolled out, Illinois drivers can present their mobile driver's license in all other states, as well as at the airport for TSA check-in for air travel,” Connor said. “This legislation will help Illinois determine the best route to take in complying with those standards.”

Discussions regarding the measure are ongoing.

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 Working Template COPY Yellow Green copy Yellow GreenLOCKPORT – In response to the governor’s budget proposal, State Senator John Connor (D-Lockport) issued the following statement:

“In the face of the unprecedented challenges of the last two years, the proposed budget displays fiscal responsibility and offers statewide economic relief.

“The proposed budget puts Illinois on track by repaying all COVID-related borrowing, paying off our delayed insurance bills and contributing more than the minimum to our pension fund. We are also quite literally paving the way forward for our state through infrastructure investments here in the 43rd District and across Illinois.

“This builds on years’ worth of forward economic progress for our state and allows for stability and growth for years into the future.”

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05302021CM0844 rLOCKPORT – Nearly 50 small businesses across the 43rd District were recently awarded over $1.2 million in Back to Business grant funding, thanks to legislative measures supported by State Senator John Connor (D-Lockport).

“I’m glad to know that so many of our local businesses are receiving the help they deserve after the difficulties of the last two years,” Connor said. “Their resilience through even the darkest days of this pandemic has not gone unrecognized.”

The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity selects grantees, and the grants are funded through the American Rescue Plan. The DCEO has dispersed $111 million in B2B grants to nearly 3,000 small businesses across Illinois who have been disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Forty-seven businesses in Connor’s district received grants ranging from $5,000 to $250,000 in this round of funding to help them recoup losses from the past two years, and to continue to keep their doors open to the community.

“I can’t stress enough how integral our small businesses are to the vitality of our community,” Connor said. “I’m proud every day to work alongside other members of the General Assembly to give back to our local businesses who have given so much to us.”

Grants will continue to be awarded statewide on a rolling basis. More information about the B2B program, as well as a full list of grantees, is available on the DCEO’s website.

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Senator John Connor Valentines for SeniorsCREST HILL – In an effort to combat COVID-related isolation and winter blues, State Senator John Connor (D-Lockport) is collecting handmade and store-bought valentines to be given out at local long-term care facilities.

“Many residents in these facilities haven’t been able to spend time with their loved ones due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” Connor said. “A handmade card or a kind word can go a long way toward fighting loneliness and putting a smile on their face.”

Connor is encouraging churches, schools and community members of all ages across the 43rd District to write Valentine’s Day cards, which can be dropped off or mailed to his district office. Cards will be accepted through Thursday, Feb. 10. Once all the cards have been collected, they will be delivered to various local long-term care facilities.

Cards can be left in the box outside Connor’s office or mailed to:
State Senator John Connor
20660 Caton Farm Rd.
Unit D
Crest Hill, IL 60403

For those delivering cards in person, Connor reminds people to wear a mask and maintain social distance. Connor’s office can be reached at 815-207-4445 with any questions.

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District Office:
20660 Caton Farm Road, Unit D
Crest Hill, IL 60403
(815) 207-4445

Springfield Office:
M122 Capitol Building
Springfield, IL 62706
(217) 782-8800

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