untitledESSEX – Beginning in 2020, child-care providers who participate in the Child Care Assistance Program will see reimbursement rates go up 20% in rural counties, Gov. JB Pritzker announced this week. Child-care providers in Grundy County will be included in the program.

“Early childhood development is an essential part of every family’s life,” State Senator Patrick Joyce (D-Essex) said. “It’s important that everyone has access to affordable day cares across the state."

Access to day cares is a difficult issue, especially for low-income and single parents. Residents of rural communities often struggle find child-care providers for their children.

Read more: Grundy County child-care facilities will receive a monetary boost in the new year

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Winter ImageSPRINGFIELD – Winter months in northern Illinois can bring brutal weather. To help ensure residents in Will County have access to warm clothes, State Senator Patrick Joyce will be co-hosting a winter clothing drive with State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant.

From Nov. 25 to Dec. 13, local and state elected officials will be working together to ensure there is an adequate amount of supplies at organizations throughout the region that benefit Will County residents.

“It gets extremely cold during the winter months in Will County, therefore, I want to help folks who may not have the proper apparel to stay warm during the most frigid time of the year,” Joyce said.

The following items are welcome: gently used or new winter gear including coats, socks, sweatshirts, scarves, gloves and more.

The coldest time of the year can be very difficult for low-income families, seniors, veterans and the homeless.

Locations to drop off donations include:
•             State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant’s Office (15300 Rt. 59, Unit 202, Plainfield)
•             State Senator John Curran’s Office (7501 Lemont Rd., Suite 315G, Woodridge)
•             State Senator Napoleon Harris’ Office (1350 E. Sibley Blvd., Suite 403, Dolton)
•             State Senator Michael E. Hastings’ Office (20855 S. LaGrange Rd., Suite 102, Frankfort)
•             State Senator Patrick Joyce’s Office (270 Main St., Park Forest)
•             State Senator Pat McGuire’s Office (16151 Weber Rd., Suite 103, Crest Hill)
•             State Senator Sue Rezin’s Office (1421 N. Division St., Morris)
•             Plainfield Village Hall (24401 W. Lockport St., Plainfield)
•             Channahon Village Hall (24555 S. Navajo Dr., Channahon)
•             Romeoville Village Hall (1050 Romeo Rd., Romeoville)
•             Crest Hill City Hall (1610 Plainfield Rd., Crest Hill)
•             Mokena Village Hall (11004 Carpenter St., Mokena)
•             Wilmington City Hall (1165 S. Water St., Wilmington)
•             Rockdale Village Hall (79 Moen Ave., Rockdale)
•             Lockport City Hall (222 E. 9th St., Lockport)
•             Manhattan Village Hall (260 Market Pl., Manhattan)
•            Joliet City Hall (150 W. Jefferson St., Joliet)

The donations will be greatly appreciated. The clothing drive will benefit the Will County Veterans’ Assistance Commission and other organizations in the region.

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ConstructionESSEX – State Senator Joyce (D-Essex) announced that the Illinois Department of Transportation’s five-year Highway Improvement Program will include much needed-updates to roads and bridges, including major improvements on I-55 and I-57.

To protect public safety, IDOT is making major road and bridge repairs on I-55, worth $22 million.  The construction area will stretch roughly from Gardner to Braidwood.

“Illinois is the crossroads of the nation, and it’s absolutely vital to our safety and economy that we maintain our network of highways,” Joyce said. “These repairs will also create good-paying construction jobs for people throughout the region.”

Read more: Joyce announces major road and bridge improvements

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The 40th Legislative District contains portions of the south suburbs of Chicago as well as a majority of Kankakee County and southeastern Grundy County.

Legislative District 40

County Government:

Cook
Grundy
Kankakee
Will 

City, Town & Village Government:

Aroma Park
Beecher
Bonfield
Bourbonnais
Braceville
Bradley
Buckingham
Cabery
Chicago Heights
Chebanse
Coal City
Diamond
East Brooklyn
Essex
Flossmoor
Frankfort
  Gardner
Glenwood
Godley
Hazel Crest
Herscher
Homewood
Hopkins Park
Irwin
Kankakee
Limestone
Manhattan
Matteson
Mokena
Momence
Monee
  New Lenox
Olympia Fields
Park Forest
Peotone
Reddick
Richton Park
St. Anne
Sammons Point
South Chicago Heights
South Wilmington
Steger
Sun River Terrace
Union Hill
University Park
Wilmington
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