03.08.2021 Farm 2

KANKAKEE – To highlight farm and ranch safety awareness, Senate Agriculture Chair Patrick Joyce (D-Essex) is drawing attention to 2021 National Farm Safety and Health Week.

Joyce is joining the Illinois Departments of Agriculture and Labor from Sept. 19-25 to spread awareness and emphasize this year’s National Farm Safety and Health Week theme: “Farm Safety Yields Real Results.”

“The safety and health of farmers and their farms is so important,” Joyce said. “With this being such a stressful time of year for a farming operation, it’s important that we increase awareness of farming hazards and prepare for emergency situations.” 

Read more: Joyce kicks off National Farm Safety and Health Week

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holmes const 051721KANKAKEE – Residents of Kankakee will see significant improvements to local roads as part of a $20 million infrastructure investment, State Senator Patrick Joyce (D-Essex) announced Wednesday. 

“These projects mark a huge step forward in improving safety, mobility and economic opportunity for years to come,” Joyce said. “In a few short months, our community will reap the benefits of updated roads that will shorten commutes and draw visitors to the area.” 

Three projects in the Kankakee area are currently underway and scheduled to be completed this year, including:

• Resurfacing and bridge repairs on Interstate 57 from mile marker 310 to 302 over Minnie Creek. Daily and overnight lane closures will occur until work wraps up in November.
• Replacement of the bridge deck on Otto Road over Interstate 57. The bridge will be closed until project wraps up in November.
• Overlay improvements on River Road over Interstate 57, which began in April. One lane will be open until the project wraps up this fall.

“The City of Kankakee is thankful for the Rebuild Illinois program that is bringing significant infrastructure improvements and jobs to our community,” said Kankakee Mayor Christopher W. Curtis. “These improvements to the Interstate 57 corridor that serves the City and surrounding Kankakee region will help our ability to attract new industry, as well as laying the groundwork for future improvements of exit #312 and #308 interchanges.”

When construction is underway, motorists should anticipate delays and may wish to seek alternate routes. Joyce encourages drivers to obey posted construction zone speed limits and watch out for workers on construction projects.

Over the next six years, IDOT is planning to improve more than 3,535 miles of highway and 9 million square feet of bridge deck as part of the Rebuild Illinois capital program, which is investing $33.2 billion into all modes of transportation. More information about IDOT projects is available here.

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083121HAO00224SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Patrick Joyce (D-Essex), who has been a strong advocate for protecting energy jobs, backed a comprehensive energy package saving thousands of jobs and protecting Illinois’ future as a leader in cutting-edge energy production. Following the General Assembly’s passage of this important legislation, Joyce issued the following statement:

“For months now, working families in my community have gone to sleep every night not knowing if they would wake up and have a job. We have taken a major step forward today with the passage of this bold energy legislation, which will help preserve the livelihoods of more than 1,500 hardworking Illinoisans at the Byron and Dresden nuclear plants.

“These plants play a vital role in our community, and we have a responsibility as a legislative body to protect them and their families. This legislation prioritizes local jobs and the economy while also addressing environmental concerns. I’m thrilled to see this groundbreaking energy package head to the governor’s desk.” 

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PARK FOREST – On behalf of concerned citizens who contacted his office to discuss the issues facing their families and neighborhoods, State Senator Patrick Joyce (D-Essex) championed several initiatives to benefit his community and people across the state of Illinois during the spring legislative session.

“I firmly believe we are most successful when we have open conversations, so we can work together to implement change when ideas or issues arise,” Joyce said. “Some of my most recent legislative initiatives have involved constituents bringing their concerns to me, and together, we have made remarkable progress this past year.”

Joyce championed a new law this spring for the residents of Pembroke Township who have suffered from a lack of resources and investment. With 2,100 residents relying on propane, wood-burning stoves and electric space heaters, Joyce worked with the people and leaders of Pembroke to bring a natural gas pipeline to the township. Thanks to Joyce’s leadership, residents will be able to apply for state grants to help cover the cost of converting stoves, heaters and other appliances to be compatible with natural gas.

Read more: Joyce reflects on 2021 legislative accomplishments, encourages residents to share ideas

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