052220 br0119BRACEVILLE – To improve public infrastructure in the Village of Braceville, State Senator Patrick Joyce (D-Essex) secured a $454,165 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) to help the village make much-needed improvements to stormwater drainage systems.

The Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity (DCEO) announced the Village of Braceville has been selected to receive CDBG funding for the east side of town storm water improvements. The grant is designed to assist low- to moderate-income communities with improvements that remove conditions detrimental to public health and safety.

“This grant helps the village continue to move forward with public infrastructure improvements,” Joyce said. “I applaud village officials on being proactive in applying for state funding opportunities, and I look forward to seeing this project develop.”

Throughout the grant application process, Joyce advocated on behalf of the village at the state level to help Braceville secure funding. Joyce believes this boost in funding will bring a welcome change to the community.

All grants this year are for water and sewer projects. To learn more about the CDBG program visit DCEO’s website.

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KANKAKEE – Starting next week, 2,100 area residents will have the opportunity to get the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at local temporary vaccination sites, and State Senator Patrick Joyce (D-Essex) is urging eligible residents to reserve their slot at an upcoming clinic.

“Kankakee County residents have been in desperate need of more vaccines, and I have been working diligently to increase our community’s supply to keep up with our neighboring counties,” Joyce said. “As we continue to make strides toward ending this pandemic, I encourage folks who are eligible to take advantage of this vaccine clinic next week.”

On Monday, April 5, vaccines will be administered at Pembroke Fellowship Church, located at 13279 E. 5000S Rd. in Pembroke Township. This site requires residents to make vaccination appointments in advance here.

On Tuesday, April 6 and Wednesday, April 7, an additional vaccination clinic will be held at Kankakee Community College, located at 100 College Drive in Kankakee. The Kankakee appointments are full at this time, but residents can visit their website to check availability in case of a cancellation.

Read more: COVID-19 vaccines coming to Kankakee County thanks to Sen. Joyce

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joyce 040121PEMBROKE – Residents of Pembroke Township could heat their homes more cleanly and efficiently under legislation from State Senator Patrick Joyce (D-Essex). The measure, which would help bring a natural gas pipeline to the area, cleared the Senate Energy and Public Utilities Committee Thursday.

This legislation would create the Pembroke Township Natural Gas Investment Pilot Program, administered by the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. The program would distribute grants for the construction of new natural gas pipelines and infrastructure in Pembroke Township.

“No natural gas pipeline serves Pembroke Township, which forces 2,100 residents to rely on propane, wood-burning stoves and electric space heaters,” Joyce said. “Not only would this pipeline make residents’ lives easier, but the installation would also help bring new jobs to Pembroke.”

At a December 2019 meeting, Nicor officials identified 400 homes and 22 businesses in the village for service in the project, estimated to cost $8 million. While residents would be able to opt in or out of service, Joyce secured $1 million in state funding last year that will cover residents’ costs if they choose to convert their homes to natural gas service.

“The effort to bring natural gas to Pembroke dates back a couple of decades,” Joyce said. “I’m thrilled to be the sponsor of this transformative legislation.”

Senate Bill 2393 moves to the Senate floor for further consideration.

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PARK FOREST – State Senator Patrick Joyce (D-Essex) is announcing that school districts will receive an estimated $118,495,646 in additional funding to help address the many challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Education during the COVID-19 pandemic has been extremely difficult for parents, teachers and students,” Joyce said. “I commend everyone for their hard work this past year to keep kids engaged during this chaotic new normal. I’m confident this new funding will help our students and schools move forward.”

The funding comes as part of the two most recent federal COVID-19 relief packages. Schools, students and parents have overcome challenges that no one could have imagined before the pandemic began, including remote and hybrid learning, digital connection issues, new processes for receiving state and federal aid that normally flow through schools, and more.

The majority of the funding comes from the American Rescue Plan, which gives local schools a great deal of flexibility in how they can use the money over the next 3 ½ years. At least 20% of the funding must be used to address learning loss, but beyond that, school districts can use the money to address many different issues and costs. For example, it can be used to better equip schools for safe learning, to prevent layoffs, to address students’ social and emotional needs, to fund summer programs, or to ensure all students have access to reliable Wi-Fi and technology.

Read more: Senator Joyce announces more than $118 million for local school districts

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