joliet chamber luncheon rJOLIET – State Senator John Connor (D-Lockport) attended a meet and greet luncheon on Wednesday afternoon with the Joliet Chamber and Joliet’s fire chief and chief of police.

“I was grateful for the opportunity to thank and listen to the Joliet fire and police leaders to hear their concerns and priorities moving forward,” Connor said. “Chiefs Blaskey and Malec have shown their readiness for and dedication to protecting Joliet families, and I look forward to the positive changes they will make.”

Joliet Fire Chief Greg Blaskey discussed COVID-19 response in the community and vaccination efforts by the fire department, as well as its work to increase survival rates for local victims of cardiac arrest. Chief of Police Dawn Malec discussed the upcoming implementation of body cameras for the Joliet Police Department in order to maintain transparency and keep families safe, along with upcoming job opportunities with the department.

“When we all work together, we can make our community a better and safer place to live,” Connor said. “I look forward to continuing to work alongside Chiefs Blaskey and Malec to meet that shared goal.”

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Jo Jo Awinongya rSPRINGFIELD – State Senator John Connor (D-Lockport) met with Joseph “Jo Jo” Awinongya, Jr. on Wednesday to present him with a certificate for his outstanding achievements in boxing.

“It was a pleasure and a privilege to meet Jo Jo and express to him how proud we all are of his achievements,” Connor said. “He’s an outstanding young man and an exceptional role model for so many young people in our community that you can do anything you set your mind to.”

Hailing from Joliet, Awinongya is a four-time national boxing champion in his age division, a Junior Olympic National Champion, and a recipient of the Silver Gloves National Championship. He trains with his father, Joseph Awinongya, Sr., who is referred to as “Ringmaster.”

“He’s got a whole community supporting him as he continues to follow his dreams,” Connor said. “With such an incredible work ethic and dedication to his sport, I know Jo Jo will keep doing big things.”

Awinongya was recently nominated for the Joliet Chamber Scholarship and was admitted to Joliet Junior College.

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P1000634 rBOLINGBROOK – State Senator John Connor (D-Lockport) and State Senator Meg Loughran Cappel (D-Shorewood) attended the ribbon cutting of Fountaindale Library’s new Bookmobile on Monday evening alongside State Representative Dagmara Avelar (D-Crest Hill), Mayor Mary Alexander-Basta of Bolingbrook, Fountaindale Library board members and many members of the community.

“The Fountaindale Library has been a cornerstone of our community for so long,” Loughran Cappel said. “For almost two decades, their Bookmobile has helped to get books into kids’ hands who otherwise wouldn’t have that access and opportunity.”

The new vehicle is a full-service mobile branch of the library that replaces the previous Bookmobile that had been in use since 2003. The Bookmobile provides scheduled stops around the community, visits Bolingbrook preschools, schools and senior facilities, and participates in many community events throughout the year. Members of the community can check out books, DVDs, CDs, and audiobooks from the Bookmobile, as well as apply for library cards and pick up holds.

“Reading is absolutely crucial for our kids—and for everyone, for that matter,” Connor said. “The Fountaindale Library has gone to such great lengths to ensure that anyone in our community can easily access great literature, and I congratulate and commend them on their new Bookmobile and continued efforts.”

Those wishing to learn more about the Bookmobile and the Fountaindale Library can visit their website.

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05302021CM0844 rSPRINGFIELD – In response to the state budget passing the Senate, State Senator John Connor (D-Lockport) released the following statement:

"As we turn the corner from the COVID-19 pandemic, this budget helps Illinois to move forward together. 

“The budget brings much-needed investment right to our back yards. We kept our promises to fully fund our public schools and to provide our local governments with the resources they need to support our communities.  We also invested a great deal in infrastructure across the state.

“We are looking toward the future and setting Illinois up for success with a budget that will help our state thrive for years to come.”

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