Local food pantries receive hand picked sweet corn at Murphy giveaway SMALLERDES PLAINES – Local food pantries will be able to offer fresh, Illinois-grown sweet corn to families in need, thanks to a donation from State Senator Laura Murphy (D-Des Plaines) and the Mercer County Farm Bureau.

Murphy hosted a giveaway Monday, where a truck bed full of sweet corn was distributed to local food pantries and other community organizations serving families in the 28th District.

“Especially during tough economic times, it can be challenging for families to afford the fresh, nutritious produce Illinois farmers offer,” said Murphy. “I’m grateful to the Mercer County Farm Bureau for making sure every member of our community can enjoy delicious, locally grown sweet corn.”

The annual event is hosted in partnership with Mercer County Farm Bureau. Murphy was “adopted” by Mercer County, a western Illinois county bordering the Mississippi River, in 2016 as part of the Illinois Farm Bureau’s Adopt-a-Legislator program, which allows downstate and rural county farm bureaus to “adopt” Chicago and suburban lawmakers to educate urban legislators about agriculture and rural life.

“The goal of Illinois Farm Bureau’s Adopt-a-Legislator program is to foster a better understanding of rural and urban communities within Illinois for both county farm bureau associations and urban legislators,” said Mercer County Farm Bureau President Michael Zecher. “As we learned through visiting her district, one issue we have in common involves providing support for individuals and families in need.”

The following organizations received donations:

  • Catholic Charities
  • Center of Concern
  • Schaumburg Township Food Pantry
  • Des Plaines Food Pantry
  • Maine Township Food Pantry
  • Schaumburg Barn
  • Elk Grove Township Food Pantry

Families in need of food assistance can visit www.FeedingAmerica.org to locate a food bank near them.

03032020HAO0698DES PLAINES – In an effort to provide support to small business owners facing economic hardship as a result of the COVID-19 crisis, State Senator Laura Murphy (D-Des Plaines) announced 42 local businesses will receive a combined $710,000 through the Business Interruption Grant (BIG) program.

“When faced with the unprecedented challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, our small business community responded with creativity and resilience,” said Murphy. “I’m proud to see so many local establishments on the list of grant recipients, and I hope this funding gives them a boost during these tough times.”

The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity awarded a total of $46 million to 2,655 small businesses in the first round of BIG funding. The BIG program offers grants to Illinois restaurants and bars, barbershops and salons, and fitness centers that have suffered pandemic-related losses, with a focus on businesses in the hardest-hit areas of the state.

First round grants range from $10,000 to $20,000 and may be used to help businesses with working capital expenses, including payroll costs, rent and utilities. The funds may also be used to cover pandemic-related expenses, such as PPE, training and new technology.

To ensure ongoing support for Illinois small businesses, the State of Illinois has planned future rounds of funding, including a special program for child care providers. The application deadline for this program is Aug. 14.

“These funds will allow our businesses to focus their efforts on reopening in a way that keeps staff and customers safe,” said Murphy. “While I’m thrilled to see these businesses getting some much-needed assistance, I know there is much more to do to ensure our community fully recovers from this crisis.”

The BIG program is the largest state-run economic support program formed in response to the COVID-19 economic downturn. The full list of grant recipients is available here.

03042020CM0991SCHAUMBURG – Schaumburg Township District Library has received a $28,640 grant to provide mentorship opportunities to disadvantaged middle and high school students, State Senator Laura Murphy (D-Des Plaines) announced.

“When we invest in our youth, the entire community benefits,” said Murphy. “This grant will allow our libraries not only to foster literacy and instill a love of learning in our communities, but also to give the next generation the tools they need to become tomorrow's leaders.”

The grant was awarded through the Fiscal Year 2021 Project Next Generation program, which is a mentoring program administered through Illinois public libraries. Mentors work with middle and high school students to help them develop skills needed to use technology and find success through project-based learning. Mentors also help students develop life skills, such as effective communication, goal setting and conflict resolution.

The Schaumburg Township District Library is one of 28 public libraries in the state to receive the grant.

In all, the secretary of state awarded more than $550,000 in Project Next Generation grants statewide. The money is provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Grants are awarded to public libraries that serve culturally diverse, low-income and underserved populations.

“I am committed to improving the lives of at-risk youth in Illinois,” said White. “I established this innovative program when I first became secretary of state to give students an opportunity to receive hands-on experience with the latest technological tools at their local library.”

01282020CM0531DES PLAINES – To make roads safer for residents and travelers in the 28th District, the Illinois Department of Transportation has allocated over $23 million for local construction projects set to begin in the next year, State Senator Laura Murphy (D-Des Plaines) announced Friday.

“Infrastructure projects don’t just create jobs in the short term,” Murphy said. “They make residents’ commutes faster, easier and safer, and they ensure our area remains a major crossroads of the national transportation industry.”

As part of IDOT’s latest Multi-Year Plan under Rebuild Illinois, the district Murphy represents will see 26 infrastructure projects totaling more than $126 million over the next six years, with half these upgrades slated to begin construction in the next year.

Of the 13 projects residents can expect to see in 2021, Murphy highlighted two major developments: $5.1 million will go toward improvements to the intersection of East Higgins Road (Illinois 72) and Oakton Street in Elk Grove Village, and $5.5 million will be used for nearly six miles of pavement preservation on Arlington Heights Road between Palatine Road and East Higgins Road.

Murphy also mentioned a $1.7 million investment to improve road conditions along a two-mile stretch of Algonquin Road in Des Plaines and Park Ridge. Construction on this project is scheduled for the 2022-26 phase of the plan.

“Residents have been waiting a long time to see these improvements,” said Murphy. “I’m thrilled to see these projects starting to take shape.”

IDOT will invest $21.3 billion statewide to improve bridges and roadways over the next six years, which will create thousands of job opportunities across the state. Projects included in the program were selected based on objective criteria, such as pavement conditions, traffic volumes and crash history.

The full Multi-Year Plan can be found here.

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