KANKAKEE – On Wednesday, State Senator Patrick Joyce announced school districts throughout the 40th district will be receiving a total of $800,000 for infrastructure improvements, thanks to funds distributed by the Illinois State Board of Education.

“Having a safe, healthy environment for our students to learn is critical for their education,” said Joyce (D-Essex). “These grants are a welcome investment in not only the physical structures of our schools, but also the overall well-being of the students and teachers that spend so much time there.”

A total of $30 million in 2022 School Maintenance Grants was distributed to districts across the state. To be eligible for the grants, applicants were required to match the state funds and commit to completing proposed projects within two years.

Read more: Joyce: Investments to improve our school buildings coming to the area

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driver licenses 100521NEW LENOX – In partnership with the Illinois Secretary of State’s office, State Senator Patrick Joyce is sponsoring a free mobile unit event for motorists who have been unable to visit a driver services facility.

The free event will be available to motorists Friday, July 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the New Lenox Village Hall, located at 1 Veterans Parkway.

“The Secretary of State’s mobile unit is a one-stop shop to help people access these important state services,” said Joyce (D-Essex). “I encourage folks to take advantage of this safe and convenient way to renew their driver’s licenses or vehicle registrations next month.”

The unit operates like a DMV office and offers driver’s license renewals, identification cards and license plate stickers. Attendees must wear face coverings, and social distancing rules must be followed.

Read more: Joyce invites New Lenox residents to attend Secretary of State mobile unit event

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drivingMRKANKAKEE – With Independence Day right around the corner, State Senator Patrick Joyce is joining law enforcement officials in reminding people to celebrate safely and drive sober.

“Impaired driving is 100 percent preventable,” said Joyce (D-Essex). “I want folks to enjoy their Independence Day festivities, but remember that alcohol not only hinders your ability to drive, but also affects your judgment about whether you can or should drive.”

The Illinois Department of Transportation launched a multimedia safety campaign – “It’s Not a Game” – that drives home the message there are no extra lives, no respawns and no second chances to get it right when you are behind the wheel.

Last year in Illinois during the July Fourth holiday period from July 2-5, there were 22 car wreck fatalities, which is the highest total in the last five years. Officials are urging residents to plan ahead to prevent a tragedy.

“Illinois State Police Troopers will be out in full force over the holiday weekend looking for impaired drivers,” said Illinois State Police Director Brendan F. Kelly. “Driving while impaired due to alcohol or drugs can be a costly decision that puts your life and the lives of other people on the road in danger. Be responsible this Fourth of July and don’t lose your independence by losing your license or your freedom by going to jail.”

The Fourth of July “It’s Not a Game” campaign is made possible by federal traffic safety funds administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation.

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