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SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Emil Jones (D-Chicago) voted today for a budget that increases violence prevention grants, education and DCFS.

“Our state was in a hostile place for a few years, but this year’s budget puts Illinois in better shape than before,” Jones said. “We are on a path toward stability and funding all the services Illinois needs.”

“Additionally, the budget is funding a program that helps our kids escape violence and creates new career opportunities,” Jones said.

The budget appropriates $12 million in grants to address violence prevention efforts state statewide, including downstate communities, Chicago and the suburbs.

P-12 education will have record-breaking funding of $8.8 billion, and higher education will receive a 5 percent increase to support community college and universities.

The Monetary Award Program (MAP) will receive $451 million in next year’s budget – a $50 million increase over last year.

AIM HIGH, a program that works to reduce the costs of college for working and middle-class students, will receive an additional $10 million in funding, a move Jones hopes will help combat student out migration.     

DCFS will receive an additional $100 million to hire 300 staff and caseworkers, reducing worker caseload and ensuring more attentive oversight for children and families under the agency’s care.

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Springfield—Eligible voters throughout the state will now be automatically registered to vote under legislation advanced today with the full support of the Senate Black Caucus Chairman Emil Jones III (D-Chicago.

Senate Bill 250, sponsored by State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill), would allow for the Secretary of State’s office and similar state agencies to submit eligible voters’ information to the State Board of Elections when they visit their facilities for services.

Currently 42.2 percent of eligible, voting-age black citizens in Illinois aren’t registered to vote. Overall, more than 2 million Illinoisans who are eligible to vote aren’t registered. The measure now moves to the Illinois House of Representatives, where it will be debated.

“With the passing of this legislation, many eligible voters will now have the opportunity to exercise their right to vote. This is a major step forward,” Jones said.

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State Senator Emil Jones III (D-Chicago) views Governor Rauner's cuts as a direct attack on the working poor. This Sunday, elected officials from the 14th Senate District will hold a rally to fight for programs and services our community values. Several organizations that serve communities who will suffer the most will discuss how the lack of support increases crime, lowers our students' opportunities to be qualified for good jobs and will leave people without heat during Chicago's coldest months.

Below are details about the rally:

Time: 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Location: Kroc Center Chicago located at 1250 W 119th Street

Date: Sunday, July 12

Who: Senator Emil Jones III, Representative's Monique Davis and Robert Rita, Alderman Carrie Austin, Anthony Beale, Derrick Curtis,

Howard Brookins Jr. Commissioner Deborah Sims, The Baptist Ministers Conference, Kids off the Block, SEIU Healthcare, CAPS Inc.

What: A rally to fight Governor Rauner's attack on working families

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