SIU-Edwardsville hosting first regional discussion

SPRINGFIELD – Details have been finalized for a series of regional Illinois Senate hearings about local construction needs in communities around the state.

Dates, times and venues for the hearings are:

  • 3 p.m. Monday, March 4 – Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Morris University Center, Madison Room, 6 Hairpin Drive, Edwardsville
  • 1 p.m. Monday, March 18 – Decatur Public Library, 130 N. Franklin St., Decatur
  • 3 p.m. Monday, April 8 – Bradley University, Peplow Pavilion inside the Hayden-Clark Alumni Center, 1501 W. Bradley Ave., Peoria
  • 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 16 – Bilandic Building, 160 N. LaSalle St., Chicago
  • 1 p.m. Monday, April 22 – Gail Borden Public Library, 270 N. Grove Ave., Elgin

During Monday’s hearing in Edwardsville, state senators will hear from area mayors, local highway commissioners, economic development officials, and representatives from higher education, transportation and labor.

The chairmen of two key Senate committees – State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill), Appropriations II, and State Senator Martin A. Sandoval (D-Chicago), Transportation – will oversee the discussion. State Senators Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) and Christopher Belt (D-Cahokia) are expected to participate.

Documents provided to senators during the hearing will be uploaded to a publicly accessible portal at this link.

Additional hearings and town hall meetings on statewide construction needs may be added to the schedule.

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