Sen. Dave Koehler's budget reaction

SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Dave Koehler (D-Peoria) issued the following statement after hearing the governor’s proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2024:

“The proposed budget expands MAP grant availability for our universities across Illinois making college more accessible and affordable for our students. If we want the next generation to be able to compete, these investments in higher education go a long way, especially for our students who wish to attend college in Illinois.

 “I agree with the governor’s commitment to rebuilding roads, highways and much needed infrastructure improvements across Illinois. These projects not only make our roads safer, but create thousands of jobs across the state.

“Investment in workforce development across Illinois ensures our workers have the knowledge and skills to meet the needs of the innovative manufacturers that continue to make the 46th District their home. Manufacturers like Rivian Automotive bring new and exciting products in Illinois while promoting new job opportunities in our communities. I was pleased to see that this budget proposal prioritizes training and educating our workers for careers that sustain families and grow our economy. These training programs will continue to expand our workforce for years to come.”

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RebuildPeoria1PEORIA – State Senator Dave Koehler joined local leaders along with the Illinois Department of Transportation Tuesday to announce $24.6 million in improvements to Peoria’s Bob Michel Bridge through the Rebuild Illinois project.

The project includes installing new concrete and bridge joints to extend the life of the deck. The improvements will expand walkways and convert the five foot sidewalks into a 14 – foot path that is accessible to pedestrians and bicyclists in the community.

“These improvements to our bridge is vital for workers and residents throughout our community,” said Koehler (D – Peoria). “Residents of the greater Peoria area deserve safe transportation and high quality roads. These repairs provide opportunities for new jobs, economic development, and a brighter future for our community.”

Koehler supported the Rebuild Illinois project in 2019, a bipartisan effort to invest $44.8 billion over six years into the state’s infrastructure, with over $33.2 billion being allocated to transportation – including the funds for the Bob Michel Bridge construction.

The bridge carries over 17,000 vehicles a day across the Illinois River, connecting Peoria and East Peoria. The bridge will be closed for eight months, with traffic being rerouted to interstate 74. Pedestrians and cyclists will still be able to cross the bridge.

The project is scheduled to finish in November.

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KoehlerdeploymentImagePEORIA – The Illinois Army and National Guard had their mobilization ceremony for 160 National Guardsmen Tuesday. State Senator Dave Koehler commends their sacrifice.

“I am thankful to have such brave men and women in our community protecting our nation’s interests overseas,” said Koehler (D – Peoria). “These airmen and women will be guiding our forces from above. I wish them a safe and successful deployment.”

More than 100 members of the 1st Assault Helicopter Battalion of the 106th Aviation Regiment, as well as 30 members from the Company B. 935th Aviation Support Battalion from Kankakee will deploy to the U.S. Central Command region. Soldiers will spend their time providing air support to United States forces throughout the Middle East.

These men and women will be deployed overseas to help conduct operations with national interest.

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r 011023CM0106PEORIA HEIGHTS – The Illinois EPA announced $40,000 is coming to Peoria Heights to help the area identify service lines that may contain lead.

“Lead contamination poses serious health risks for residents in our community,” said Koehler (D – Peoria). “This funding will give the village the resources they need to ensure we have safe drinking water throughout our community.”

State Senator Dave Koehler voted for the legislation creating the Lead Service Line Replacement Notification Act in 2021. This act provides timelines and requirements for communities replacing contaminated water pipes, as well as assisting in financing local water projects throughout Illinois.

Illinois has more lead service lines than any other state in the nation, with an estimated 730,000 to 1.4 million lead service lines in the ground. There is no safe level of exposure to lead.

“This funding will provide many communities with the necessary funding to develop a complete inventory identifying the types of water lines that exist in their drinking water supplies,” said Illinois EPA Director John Kim.

To see a full list of Lead Service Line Inventory (LSLI) Grants, click here.

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