Wilhour seeks input from local residents

SPRINGFIELD – State Rep. Blaine Wilhour (R-Beecher City) announced last week that the House Appropriations-Capital Committee began meeting last week to hear from various state agencies and advocates regarding their requests to be included in a possible capital bill this session.
Over the next couple of months, the Ccommittee will be holding several subject matter hearings to learn and understand the current capital needs of the state.
“I am encouraging everyone who has an interest in how your money is being spent by the state of Illinois to get involved with the process and have your voices heard on what you think our priorities should be,” Wilhour said.
“Your real-life experiences in balancing your own budgets for your family and small business is as valuable in understanding what to prioritize as any wish list of programs that will be proposed and pushed by the people up in Chicago,” he said.
The Committee will be working off the following tentativea schedule:
• March 7 – Transportation: roads and bridges.
• March 14 – Transportation: transit, rail, ports and airports.
• March 21 – Agriculture, natural resources, environment and green energy.
• March 28 – Healthcare and military facilities.
• April 4 – State facilities (may include local entities)
• April 11 – State facilities (may include local entities).
“If you are a teacher or school board member, a parent or grandparent, a small business owner or farmer or chamber of commerce member, your input is important,” Wilhour said.
“If you would like to testify to advocate on behalf of our community’s needs and requests, contact my office at 217-994-9348. You may also want to submit written testimony by filing a witness slip on line at www.ilga.gov,” he said.
Residents may connect with Wilhour at RepWilhour.com and follow the actions of the legislature online at www.ilga.gov.

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