holmes 033121AURORA – State Senator Linda Holmes (D-Aurora) announced today that school districts in the 42nd Senate District will receive more than $120 million in additional funding to go toward the many challenges COVID-19 has presented.

“I’m so grateful to local teachers, parents and students for adapting to a different and challenging approach to learning during the pandemic, “ Holmes said. “Now that we appear to be in sight of the new normal, I’m confident this funding boost will help our students and schools move forward as they get on track to reestablish their more traditional routines.”

The funding comes as part of the most recent federal COVID-19 relief packages. Schools, students and parents have overcome challenges that no one could have imagined before the pandemic began, including remote and hybrid learning, digital connection issues, new processes for receiving state and federal aid that normally flow through schools, and more.

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holmes pet presser 021820 1 032321SPRINGFIELD – To address an issue allowing pets in rental properties, Assistant Majority Leader Linda Holmes (D-Aurora) has moved a measure through the Judiciary Committee that will allow tenants to maintain at least two common household pets, regardless of breed, size or weight, within the tenant's residence.

 “Eighty-one million American households now share their homes with 173 million dogs and cats,” Holmes said. “Regardless of their income, people love their pets and view them as members of the family. Affordable housing should be accessible for all types of people, and that includes people with pets.”

Senate Bill 154 applies to units funded under the Illinois Housing Development Authority Trust Fund. It addresses a problem for many renters who face giving away or surrendering a pet to a shelter if they must move due to a landlord’s arbitrary policy prohibiting a breed, size or weight of a pet. This will end this practice.

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Holmes bridge 031221AURORA – State Senator Linda Holmes (D-Aurora) announced that the city of Aurora is slated to receive more than $2 million in construction funding over the next three years. The broader area investments will surpass $41 million.

“Rebuild Illinois continues to be a historic investment in our roads and bridges,” Holmes said. “The keys to our recovery from the pandemic are jobs and the economy. This program will help put people to work in the district I serve and ensure safer transportation infrastructure as well.”

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dogcat 031021SPRINGFIELD – With a long history of successful animal protection legislation in the Illinois Senate, Assistant Majority Leader Linda Holmes (D-Aurora) has now presented a measure to add more safeguards in the courts for abused animals.

The Senate Judiciary Committee approved Senate Bill 153 on Tuesday, which would give trial courts discretion in prosecutions for cruelty to companion animals to appoint a volunteer lawyer or supervised law student to assist the court as a special advocate.

“Abuse cases can result in dismissed charges or reduced sentences for animal owners accused of cruelty, often due to prosecutors with good intentions but not enough resources for research and information to make a strong case,” Holmes said. “These advocates can assist the courts in working toward consistent reinforcement of Illinois’ mandate to properly protect companion animals.”

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