In an effort to save our state money and improve transportation, State Senator Terry Link (D-Waukegan) filed Senate Bill 1594 that would combine the Regional Transportation Authority and the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning to create a new agency. 

The new 18-member board would be appointed by several different groups including the mayor of Chicago, president of the Cook County Board and governor. 

Other groups that would have representation on the board include:
     •  Five members appointed by the Chairmen of Dupage, Kane, Lake, McHenry Counties and the County Executive of Will County
     •  Three members appointed by the Governor
     •  A 19th non-voting board member appointed by the Kendall County Chairman

The consolidated board would receive no compensation. 

“We need to avoid excessive bureaucracy and run our state more efficiently. This is a great opportunity to make that happen,” Link said. “Combining transit and regional planning will not only reduce overhead costs, it will lead to better investments and bring together area leaders to focus less on competing and more on doing whatever it takes to make our region great.”

Link said SB 1954 would eliminate unnecessary and duplicative functions within CMAP, RTA, CTA, Metra, and Pace. 

The legislation was recently filed in the Illinois Senate and awaits debate. 

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To help residents of Lake County in need of affordable housing, State Senator Terry Link (D-Waukegan) introduced Senate Bill 1244.

The legislation would add a $3 surcharge to any real-estate related document to fund the Lake County Affordable Housing Trust Fund.

“For young people just getting their feet wet and for older people who no longer have a fixed income, it can be difficult to find affordable housing,” Link said. “My hope is that this surcharge will help the hardest-hit residents of Lake County find an affordable place to live.”

Potential projects to be funded with the surcharge include: housing production, including new construction, redevelopment and rehabilitation; down-payment assistance to homebuyers; rehab assistance to homeowners; preservation of existing affordable assistance; and more. 

All funds generated from the surcharge would stay in the county. According to the Lake County Affordable Housing Trust Fund, one in five renters is severely cost-burdened.

SB1244 was assigned to the Local Government Committee and awaits further action.

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SPRINGFIELD – Illinois State Senator Terry Link (D-Waukegan), accompanied by his wife, Susan, and other family members, took the oath of office this week in the Illinois State Senate. The inauguration ceremony, held on the Senate floor at the State Capitol in Springfield, marks the beginning of the 98th General Assembly.

After the proceedings, Senate President John J. Cullerton named Link to the leadership role of assistant majority leader.

“I look forward to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle during this new General Assembly,” Link said.  “I will continue my efforts as senator to find solutions to the pension problems faced by the state as well as bringing in additional revenues to the state that will help to increase funding for education and our human service programs.”

Link was first elected to the Illinois Senate in 1996 and is starting his sixth term in office.

During the 97th General Assembly Link served as majority caucus whip and was the chairman of the Gaming Committee.  He also served as the vice chairman of the Senate Financial Institutions and Local Government committees, as well as serving as a member of the State Government and Veterans Affairs Committee.

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SPRINGFIELD, IL – Members of the Illinois Senate voted today to make the roadways safer throughout the state. Illinois Senator Terry Link (D-Waukegan) voted in favor of a measure that will allow those who are undocumented to attain a Temporary Visitor Driver’s License through the Secretary of State.

 

“In the end, the immigration debate is one that needs to be resolved in Washington. Our responsibility here in Illinois is to provide for safe highways and well-trained drivers. And that’s what I voted for today,” said Senator Link.

 

Senate Bill 957 will provide a means for those without a Social Security number to apply for a Temporary Visitor Driver’s License. Specifically, applicants will have to provide the Secretary of State’s Office with documentation that established they have lived in Illinois for over a year and can prove their identity with a valid passport or consular identification document.

 

Once a Temporary Visitor Driver’s License has been obtained, the holder will be subject to the same examination requirements, mandatory insurance provisions, and the same traffic violation penalties as any other driver within the state of Illinois.

 

Recently, Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran announced his support of this measure in the Sun Times commenting that undocumented residents would like to not violate the law, but they have no choice, they have to get to work so they can feed their families.”

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