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Dear Friends,

We continue to meet to find solutions to the state’s most pressing issues, with roughly two weeks left until our scheduled May 31 adjournment. Budget negotiations are ongoing as are discussions on top issues like workers compensation reform. A full round-up of all the action that took place in the Senate is below.

Last week the Illinois Department of Transportation released its road construction plan for the coming year. I am happy to report that funding is included in the plan for the Longmeadow Parkway project, a major project for our area. Just this year, the project will receive $16,255,000, with more expected to come in the next several years. Funding for these projects comes from a special fund dedicated to transportation infrastructure upgrades.

With Memorial Day just around the corner, I am asking for your help in honoring your loved ones and friends who have served in the U.S. Military. The Senate Republican Caucus is taking submissions for photos and stories to be displayed on a “Memorial Day Remembrance Wall” at the State Capitol. Continue reading below to find out how you can get involved.

As the spring session continues, a number of key issues remain unresolved in Springfield. As we work toward finding solutions to these problems, your input continues to be vital to the work I do in Springfield. Please contact me or my office with questions or concerns you may have, and make sure your voice is heard in Springfield! You can also visit my legislative website at

Karen McConnaughay

State Senator for the 33rd District 

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