Roads and Community Improvements
In order to grow our economy and create jobs, we need to invest in the basics: our infrastructure. Last year I fought for and won $45 billion in capital bill funding coming to the 57th District for our roads, bridges and universities.
I’ve also responded quickly when a section of Highway 255 collapsed near East St. Louis, ensuring that the state fixed it as soon as possible. In addition, I passed a bill requiring the state to repair any sidewalks their roadwork damages, even if they’re not along state roads so that pedestrians can move safely in our communities.
I secured an additional $3.7 million for infrastructure improvements in Cahokia Heights, Belleville, East St. Louis, Fairview Heights, Fairmont City, Lebanon, Millstadt, Shiloh, Swansea, Venice, and Washington Park, and another $3 million for renovations to Pop Myles Community Pool in East St. Louis.
I’m also working to tackle the water and sewer problems in Cahokia Heights caused by an over 100 year old system that’s never been updated. We now have $15 million to make the necessary upgrades and an additional $6 million in funding for clean water. We expect this critical project to be complete in the next couple of years.
Students deserve to have well-rounded educational experiences, and physical health is a big part of mental well-being and future success. That’s why I secured $6 million in funding for a new athletic field for Madison Community School District.
When I came into office, Frank Holton State Park was in awful condition. I got $6 million to renovate and restore the park. Now hundreds of thousands of people a year visit the park to fish, golf and attend events, which was especially important for our communities during the COVID pandemic.
To combat environmental racism which emanates from industries that pollute our communities–especially communities of color–I passed a bill prohibiting the burning of PFAS, which are toxic chemicals that can be carried miles away by the wind.