Rep. Welch’s Legislative Update: Green Grants, Senior Services Fair

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7th District Receives Green Infrastructure Grants

SPRINGFIELD – On Saturday, September 21, 2013, Governor Pat Quinn and the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) announced more than $5 million in investments to 13 communities across Illinois for green infrastructure improvement projects.  Illinois Green Infrastructure Grants (IGIG) are designed to support projects that reduce the amount of pollution running into Illinois waterways from stormwater sources and reduce the risk of localized flooding.  The Saturday announcement was a part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to protect our natural resources and ensure a clean and healthy environment for future generations while creating construction jobs.

Three 7th District communities received grant awards.  River Forest will receive a grant of $484,169 to build green alleys.  The Village of LaGrange Park will receive $416,500 for downspout disconnection assistance, and the Westchester Library Board will receive $163,099 to build a new permeable parking lot.

“I want to thank Governor Quinn and the Illinois EPA for shining the spotlight on the 7th District,” said Rep. Chris Welch who is a member of the Illinois Environmental Justice Commission.  “These grant awards will help keep the 7th District as a leader in our state’s efforts to protect environment.”

Any stormwater management project with the goal of preserving or restoring natural hydrology is known as “green infrastructure.”  This can include methods of using soil and vegetation for the preservation and restoration of natural landscape features, such as forests, floodplains, headwaters and wetlands.  Projects that could also be considered green infrastructure consist of permeable pavement, rain gardens and barrels, downspouts and bioswales.  The goal of these measures is to reduce nonpoint source pollution.

2013 is the third year of IGIG and the program has previously awarded more than $9 million to 23 green infrastructure projects around the state.  Included among the many improvements these projects have made are the installation of nearly 150 cisterns or rain barrels, 220 downspouts, 184 rain gardens, four green roofs, three urban wetlands and six acres of permeable pavement.  For more information about the Illinois Green Infrastructure Grant Program and how to apply, please visit epa.state.il.us/water/financial-assistance/igig.html.

Senior Services Fair, October 5th at Proviso Math and Science Academy (PMSA)

WESTCHESTER, IL – Rep. Chris Welch will host a Senior Services Fair on Saturday, October 5, 2013 from Noon to 3pm at the Proviso Math and Science Academy.  Come out and learn about the various senior programs that are available and speak with representatives from state agencies including the Department on Aging, Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s office, Secretary of State Jesse White’s office, State Treasurer Dan Rutherford’s office and many others.

Health screenings will also be provided by Westlake Hospital, and Walgreens will be available to provide flu shots.  An update on the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, will be provided.  Please bring your insurance and/or medicaid card with you to the fair.  Lunch will be provided, and Rep. Welch will personally call a few games of Bingo.  Come on out for some fun and information.

Rep. Welch serves communities in the 7th Representative District including all or portions of Bellwood, Berkeley, Broadview, Forest Park, Hillside, Maywood, Melrose Park, Northlake, La Grange Park, River Forest, Westchester, and Western Springs.

For more information, contact Rep. Welch’s constituent service office at (708) 450-1000 or e-mail repwelch@emanuelchriswelch.com.  You can also visit the App Store and download the State Rep. Chris Welch app on iTunes. VFP

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