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PARK FOREST – In an effort to promote resources available to small businesses and hear from small business owners and entrepreneurs, Senator Patrick Joyce (D-Essex) is accepting applications to tour shops, restaurants and other establishments in the 40th Senate District.

“Small businesses are the heart of our communities,” Joyce said. “I am asking local businesses to submit their information and schedule a tour, so we can help empower and support our entrepreneurs as the state moves forward from the pandemic.”

Joyce said he hopes to tour restaurants, retail shops and businesses that provide personal services, like spas and salons. All tours will be in compliance with the state’s public health guidelines and restrictions.

Applications are open, and interested business owners can find the application at Joyce plans to start the program in the coming weeks and requests that businesses submit their applications soon. Once an application is received, a member of Joyce’s team will respond with additional details.

Those with questions can contact Joyce’s office at 708-756-0882 or visit

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KANKAKEE – Senate Agriculture Chair Patrick Joyce (D-Essex) is encouraging young photographers to submit photos for the 2021 Cream of the Crop Photography Contest.

“This is a great contest for kids, but also a great teaching moment about our state’s number one industry – agriculture,” Joyce said. “I encourage young photographers throughout the area to share their vision of Illinois agriculture by submitting an entry.”

Electronic photo submissions will be accepted from Illinois students ages 8-18. Top photographs will be chosen in three age categories: ages 8-10, 11 14 and 15-18. Each student is permitted to submit up to two photos by June 24, 2021.
The photo contest is part of the Ag Invest program. Winning photos will be featured in Ag Invest marketing material and displayed at the 2021 Illinois State Fair.

Read more: Joyce encourages residents to submit photos to Cream of the Crop photo contest

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crowe firegear 061721KANKAKEE – State Senator Patrick Joyce (D-Essex) is pleased to announce five local fire departments will receive funding through the Small Equipment Grant Program, administered by the Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal for equipment upgrades.

“Having the right safety equipment is critical for first responders,” Joyce said. “This grant program is a tremendous resource that helps meet basic equipment needs for local fire departments to fight fires and save lives.”

The Small Equipment Grant Program was established by OSFM to provide grants of up to $26,000 to support small firefighting and ambulance equipment purchases. A total of $3.3 million was awarded to 149 fire departments and EMS providers across the state through the program.

Five grant recipients are located within the 40th Senate District:

  • Gardner Fire Protection District – $17,480
  • Bradley Fire Department – $25,825
  • Grant Park Fire Protection District – $24,520
  • Limestone Township Fire Protection District – $26,000
  • Park Forest Fire Department – $22,725

A complete list of recipients and awards can be found on the OSFM website.

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KANKAKEE – Kankakee residents will see an investment of over $1.2 million to improve the South Schuyler bike and pedestrian path, plus millions more for projects in surrounding communities, State Senator Patrick Joyce (D-Essex) announced Tuesday.

“During the pandemic, there has been a boost in outdoor activity which has increased the use of our bike trails,” Joyce said. “This investment shows the state’s commitment to protecting the safety and health of bicyclists and pedestrians while improving active transportation, recreation and community connection.”

Residents of Kankakee County will soon see $1.26 million in improvements to the South Schuyler bike and pedestrian roadway in Kankakee, expanding transportation options in the area and providing an opportunity for safe outdoor recreation.

"The Rebuild Illinois funds provide the City of Kankakee the opportunity to continue improving the downtown district while laying the foundation for our riverfront master plan," said Kankakee Mayor Chris Curtis. "The project will improve the safety for pedestrians, cyclists and motor vehicles traveling South Schuyler Avenue across the river. This streetscape project is planned to begin in spring of 2022."

Read more: Joyce announces more than $3.9 million investment in biking and walking trails coming to Kankakee...

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