Illinois State Representative Charlie Meier (R-Okawville) recently announced that the Governor’s Office of Management and Budget (GOMB) has signed off on Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) release of $11.3 million statewide for community college capital projects, the first round of this funding will be released this fiscal year.

“Community colleges play a crucial role in developing our workforce,” said Rep. Meier. “These repairs and upgrades are long overdue. Investing in capital improvements at Kaskaskia College will help improve the quality of education the community college provides to the region.”

Kaskaskia College will receive $179,435 from the state to help replace original flooring and tile, make ADA compliant upgrades, fix walkways affected by erosion, and update signage as requested by first responders. Kaskaskia College will also provide funds to complete the projects.

“Infrastructure investment is a catalyst for job creation and economic development,” said Gov. Bruce Rauner. “We signed a bipartisan budget in June that includes funds for improvement projects that benefit local businesses and residents. This kind of investment is how government can play a positive role in the Illinois economy.”

The Illinois Chamber of Commerce today released their legislative ratings for the 100th General Assembly. Illinois State Representative Charlie Meier (R-Okawville) was awarded the “Champion of Free Enterprise” award, in recognition of his support for voting to further economic opportunities for Illinoisans.

The Illinois Chamber’s Legislative Ratings tracks votes important to the state’s business community and grades legislators based on their support of pro-business issues during the two-year legislative session.

“I’m happy to receive this award for having a pro-jobs and pro-economic growth voting record in the legislature,” said Rep. Meier. “It’s important to me that we continue to work on a business climate that is more business friendly. Jobs provide families more opportunity, and more jobs equals a better quality of life for Illinoisans.”

The Illinois Chamber honored 34 members of the Illinois House of Representatives and 13 members of the Illinois Senate with its biennial “Champion of Free Enterprise” award, given in recognition of their support for voting to further economic opportunities for Illinoisans.

“The Chamber’s Legislative Ratings lets Illinois families, small businesses, and taxpayers know if legislators voted in favor of private sector job creation and a stronger economy,” said Todd Maisch, president and CEO, Illinois Chamber of Commerce. “While most Illinois lawmakers continue to provide lip service to the need for pro-growth reforms, these 47 lawmakers are committed to supporting and defending Illinois employers throughout the State.”

To be eligible for the “Champion of Free Enterprise” award, a lawmaker must have received an average of 85 percent or better voting record over the previous two General Assemblies with the Illinois Chamber.

To view the breakdown of members of the House of Representatives, click here.