Senator Terry Link and Jong-Kook Lee, Consul General of the Republic of Korea

Last week, Senator Link was pleased to welcome Jong-Kook Lee, Consul General of the Republic of Korea in Chicago, to the Illinois Senate. The Consulate General covers 13 Midwest states. The Midwest is home to more than 28,000 Korean-Americans, students and business people of Korea.

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State Senator Terry Link (D-Vernon Hills) issued the following statement in regards to the violence that occured in Charlottesville, Virginia:

"The images coming out of Charlottesville are a disturbing reminder that we must all remain vigilant against hatred and intolerance. That hatred has no place anywhere in the United States of America and should be condemned by all."

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04262017CM0943ResizeSPRINGFIELD – State Senator Terry Link (D-Vernon Hills) issued the following response to the governor’s press conference today regarding school funding reform:

“If Gov. Rauner really cares about the students, teachers and parents in Waukegan, then he will sign Senate Bill 1 as soon as it reaches his desk. Under the new evidence-based formula, Waukegan School District would receive $14.5 million more in funding.

Waukegan School District would receive $919 more per student under Senate Bill 1. That makes it one of 268 school districts across Illinois to actually get more money than Chicago Public Schools, a fact the governor fails to mention.

The children of Waukegan are not political talking points, governor. Sign the bill.”

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02282017CM0315RESIZE4WebSPRINGFIELD – On Wednesday, Illinois celebrated the 10th anniversary of the passage of the “Smoke Free Illinois” legislation.

Since the passage of Smoke Free Illinois, there has been a nearly 20.5 percent decrease in hospitalization of various diseases related to smoking.

“Smoke-Free Illinois was a major milestone in our efforts to make Illinois a better place to live,” State Senator Terry Link (D-Vernon Hills) said. “But even with this progress, we cannot rest on our laurels. The next step to help Illinoisans live longer, healthier lives is to keep kids from ever becoming addicted to tobacco by raising the minimum age of sale to 21 years old.”

Link passed a resolution on Wednesday declaring March 29, 2017, as “Smoke Free Illinois Day.” The day recognizes the improved health benefits by Illinois going smoke-free 10 years ago.

“Though Illinois has been smoke free for more than 10 years, the state still faces many issues related to smoking,” Link said. “I hope today shows that we can achieve great things to better the health of all Illinoisans and that we need to continue the push towards a healthier Illinois.”

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