drinking fountain 1340243AURORA – The City of Aurora will soon receive $4 million in funding to replace lead water service lines in parts of DuPage, Kane, Kendall and Will Counties, according to state Sen. Linda Holmes. The Illinois EPA’s State Revolving Fund will provide funds for drinking water, wastewater and storm water projects through a low-interest loan. The City will get 100% principal forgiveness for this loan.

“This is great news for our community and state, where we some of the most lead service lines in the nation,” Holmes (D-Aurora) said. “Our families have been quite concerned about this threat and insistent that we find ways to eliminate the risk and provide safe, clean drinking water, and I’m pleased we will have these resources.”

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classroom 071422AURORA – State Senator Linda Holmes announced three area school districts will be receiving $50,000 each for infrastructure improvements, thanks to funds distributed by the Illinois State Board of Education. The recipient districts are Indian Prairie CUSD 204, Aurora West USD 129 and Aurora East USD 131.

“Our kids deserve a safe, healthy setting for learning in their classrooms,” said Holmes (D-Aurora). “This investment in our communities will allow these districts to fund projects and give students the learning environment they deserve.”

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kendall co courthouse 053122SPRINGFIELD – Assistant Senate Majority Leader Linda Holmes (D-Aurora) sponsored legislation this spring to help the Kendall County Courthouse grow to serve demand for additional facilities and more timely resolution of court cases. That bill was signed into law Friday.

Senate Bill 3737 will allow the county to finish space that was built but never completed, and to house additional judicial staff hired to support the increasing needs for court services in the growing county.

“Kendall County was the fastest growing county in the U.S. from 2000 to 2010, and the fastest growing county in Illinois from 2010 to 2020, having grown its population by 141% since 2000,” Holmes said. “Population growth means the courthouse needs expanding to meet the county’s legal proceedings, and I’m happy to help make this happen.”

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carjacking 052722AURORA – To address ever-increasing rates of vehicle thefts in Illinois, State Senator Linda Holmes supported three measures to offer protections to motorists and assistance to investigators that were signed into law Thursday.

“Families and motorists shouldn’t fear being on the roads because of a risk of being carjacked,” said Holmes (D-Aurora). “These three new laws will help law enforcement crack down on car thefts, as well as providing financial protection to victims.”

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