Senators hear from the community

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FORSYTH, Ill. (WCIA)– Senators are hitting the road and talking with city leaders, transportation experts and people in the community about issues important to them. There are hearings throughout the state designed to address local construction needs. The senators will be traveling to Chicago, Peoria, and Elgin, among others. Issues including money for roads and bridges and building newer healthcare facilities were discussed.

“We represent over 50 health center organizations that operate in over 350 sites across the state so many of them need new facilities to offer more services,” said Cyrus Winnett of Illinois Primary Healthcare Association. They’re hoping funding will improve their services. “That’s a more efficient way of providing care and serving thise individuals,” said Winnett.

Others discussed ways to get more minorities on city projects and improvements to parks. The mayor of Decatur honed in on travel. “We are a transportation hub with the Midwest Inland Port as well as our rail set up, as far as our road set up,” said Mayor Julie Moore Wolfe of Decatur. She says they need money to fix bridges and roads in the area. “As well as needed improvements to state highways that run through the city of Decatur. Route 51 is a mess. It needs to be repaved,” said Wolfe.

They’re hoping these hearings will have an impact on the Senators who listened and that funding and support won’t be too far away. 

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