images/stories/2015/Budget.2015.jpgLast week, the Springfield politicians completed fixes to this year’s state budget in such a "matter of fact” manner, the media hardly noticed. That budget fix provided for filling a revenue gap of $1.3 billion for this year’s budget, which was created when the temporary state income tax increase ended in January of this year.

The Chicago media would have hoped for this scenario: The Democratic-controlled House of Representatives and Senate sends the new Republican governor a budget fix that is loaded with new taxes and new programs. Gov. Bruce Rauner refuses to sign the budget and Illinois is deadlocked, closed down, on the brink of disaster and everyone is packing their bags to move into another state!!! Great media stories to be sure.

Instead, your elected leaders of both parties listened to the voters and took action to fix the immediate problem. The budget repair came in the form of budget cuts. That is right — budget cuts and transferring excess funds long protected by special interests. Sounds like reform, change or cooperation? It is. Most of all, both parties worked out the problem without fanfare, melodrama or hyperbole.

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Brookfield Zoo receives $1 million state investmentBROOKFIELD – Governor Quinn recently announced an investment of $1 million to assist in the development of a new building at Brookfield Zoo designed for children and adults with disabilities, underserved communities and veterans and their families.

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State Sen. Steven Landek poses with Brookfield Library Board members
(from left): vice president Dianne Duner, treasurer Carol Kissance, new trustee Linda Kampschroeder, secretary Lisa Knasiak and board president Jennifer Perry.
BROOKFIELD – State Senator Steven Landek (D-Bridgeview) was on hand to congratulate library trustee Linda Kampschroeder on her recent appointment to the Brookfield Library Board of Trustees on Wednesday, August 27. Following the board meeting, Landek was given a tour of the library.

“I’m glad they extended me an invitation to attend,” said Landek. “They have an impressive facility, motivated staff and leadership and offer a wide array of important services to the community.”

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moving-wallBERWYN – Closing ceremonies for HONOR 2014: The Moving Wall took place in Berwyn on Sunday, August 10, concluding a four day event that honored and remembered the over 58,000 men and women who lost their lives in combat in the Vietnam War.

The Moving Wall, a half size replica of the Washington, D.C. Vietnam Veterans Memorial, has toured the country for almost 30 years. Veterans from Berwyn and nearby communities came out to Proksa Park with family, friends and neighbors to view The Moving Wall, and to participate in the closing ceremonies.

State Senator Steven Landek (D-Bridgeview) sponsored the closing ceremonies with U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski. As part of the closing ceremony, Landek laid a wreath at The Moving Wall.

“This is a remarkable and humbling event,” said Landek. “It reminds us all that we are forever in debt to those who have served and currently serve to protect our freedoms here at home.”

The Berwyn Park District recruited and organized the four day event, which began Thursday, August 7 with an opening ceremony hosted by Berwyn Mayor Robert J. Lovero.

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