Friends walking their bike down a bike pathWEST CHICAGO – Illinois families will have safer access to bridges, sidewalks and bike paths thanks to a $1.7 million investment in Sugar Grove and Geneva, State Senator Karina Villa (D-West Chicago) announced Thursday.

“Illinoisans can finally travel and explore other communities with our state reopened, and it’s imperative that we provide safe and accessible transportation options,” Villa said. “These investments in our local infrastructure will benefit everyone in the 25th District.”

Residents of the 25th District will see improvements to bridges, sidewalks and bike paths, including:
• Blackberry Creek Bridge and shared-use path in Sugar Grove,
• Sidewalks for safe routes to schools in Sugar Grove, and
• Kautz Road Bike Path in Geneva.

These projects are part of the Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program, for which the Illinois Department of Transportation has selected 99 projects totaling $105.7 million. Projects receiving funding in this round of investment include biking and walking paths, trails, streetscape beautification, and other projects designed to encourage safe travel across the various modes of transportation at the local level.

“Working families across Illinois will be able to enjoy a higher quality of life with these expanded travel options,” Villa said. “I’m excited for the opportunity to enjoy the enhanced pedestrian and bike paths with our community.”

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"I'm pleased to see a fully funded evidence-based school funding formula in this budget to support our schools as they recover from the unprecedented challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. -State Senator Karina VillaSPRINGFIELD – In response to the General Assembly passing a state budget for the upcoming fiscal year, State Senator Karina Villa (D-West Chicago) released the following statement:

“I know firsthand how crucial it is for our students to have the necessary resources at school to prepare them for a bright academic future. I’m pleased to see a fully funded evidence-based school funding formula in this budget to support our schools as they recover from the unprecedented challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“What’s more, this legislation will help increase access to quality, affordable health care for Illinois families—an even more urgent need after the pandemic shed a light on the disparities that exist in our health care system.

“I proudly voted in favor of this measure to lend a hand to our children and families while funding the programs that will help build back Illinois’ economy.”

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State Senator Karina VillaSPRINGFIELD – Survivors of sexual assault could track their evidence kits through the Illinois State Police sexual assault evidence tracking system and would be afforded more concrete rights as survivors of crime under a measure sponsored by State Senator Karina Villa (D-West Chicago), which passed the Senate Sunday.

The legislation supports survivors of sexual assault by requiring hospitals to use the Illinois State Police online evidence tracking system and establishing a set of crime victims’ rights.

“There’s no reason hospitals should not take part in the Illinois State Police sexual assault evidence tracking system,” Villa said. “Requiring hospital participation in the tracking system will give survivors the tools they need to take control of the evidence in their cases.”

In 2020, the Illinois State Police launched an online tracking system for sexual assault evidence collection kits that allows survivors of sexual assault to track evidence in their cases, but not all hospitals in Illinois opted to participate. Villa’s measure would require hospitals to enter collected sexual assault evidence into the tracking system. This would ensure survivors of sexual assault receive information on how to use the tracking system from health care facilities or law enforcement.

“Survivors should not have to worry about inequitable treatment based on which hospital they go to,” Villa said. “It’s critical that law enforcement officials and health care providers support survivors of sexual assault.”

Villa’s legislation would also allow survivors to follow their cases through the justice system by establishing survivors’ right to timely notice regarding charging decisions and providing the opportunity to meet with the State’s Attorney’s Office to discuss the decision. Additionally, this measure ensures survivors are able to seek judicial intervention to enforce their crime victims’ rights or get assistance with complaints from the Office of the Attorney General.

“Survivors deserve to know whether their abuser will see their day in court,” Villa said. “This legislation will expand survivors’ rights and help prevent any potentially traumatic surprises regarding their cases.”

House Bill 1739 passed the Senate with a vote of 59-0.

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State Senator Karina VillaSPRINGFIELD – Undocumented college students could depend on resource centers and campus liaisons for help accessing on-campus services under a measure sponsored by State Senator Karina Villa (D-West Chicago), which passed the Senate Friday.

“The changing immigration climate in our country can have a profound impact on a student’s well-being and academic success,” Villa said. “Resources on campus that provide tailored support to students can be the key to increasing retention and matriculation among undocumented students.”

The legislation would require public universities and community colleges in Illinois to designate an employee as an Undocumented Student Resource Liaison, as well as encourage schools to establish an Undocumented Student Resource Center on campus to assist undocumented students.

Liaisons and resource centers would help undocumented students and mixed-status students navigate financial aid programs, academic and career counseling, retention and matriculation support services, and mental health counseling offered on campus.

“Our focus should be on students’ health, well-being and success in school,” Villa said. “Targeted resources will have a profound impact on marginalized communities on campus.”

House Bill 3438 passed the Senate with a vote of 43-11.

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