Sen. Eric Mattson

SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Eric Mattson led a measure through the Senate Thursday to address water shortages in the area while bringing good-paying labor jobs for residents.

“Fresh water is a right and a necessity to live,” Mattson said. “Through strong, organized labor, we will be able to provide clean drinking water to residents while bringing quality jobs to the area.”

The Regional Water Commissions Act was enacted in 2021 to enable communities in the southwest suburban region to form a regional water commission to collaboratively address water shortages. House Bill 5061 allows these communities to utilize alternative project delivery methods such as design-build or construction managers.

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ROMEOVILLE – Lewis University Airport recently completed construction on a new air traffic control tower championed by State Senators Meg Loughran Cappel and Eric Mattson.

"This completed project shows our commitment to reinvigorating our infrastructure for the next generation," said Loughran Cappel (D-Shorewood). "I am happy to see the project completed just in time for the holiday travel season."

The new tower not only will increase safety at the airport, but it will benefit airspace in the entire region, which includes Midway and O’Hare international airports, as well as provide enhanced training for aviation students at Lewis University. As the first air traffic control tower in Will County, it also will foster economic opportunity and new transport options in one of the fastest-growing parts of the state.

"Will County is one of the fastest growing areas in our state and we need to match that growth with investments in infrastructure," said Mattson (D-Joliet). "Our future pilots will benefit from better security and communication that the tower will provide."

The majority of the funding for this tower came from the historic Rebuild Illinois bipartisan infrastructure plan, which is investing a total of $150 million in aviation.

The new tower is set to open on December 1, 2022.

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WILL COUNTY, Ill. – The COVID-19 pandemic further exacerbated the health inequities facing communities throughout Illinois. Three organizations in Will County have been awarded funding to implement health equity strategies, State Senators Eric Mattson and Meg Loughran Cappel announced Friday.  

“Health inequities and lack of access to care were brought to the forefront during the pandemic,” said Mattson (D-Joliet) “No person should have to struggle without basic necessities like food, medications and other resources. This initiative will help combat those health inequities head on.”

Activating Relationships in Illinois for Systemic Equity (ARISE) is a joint initiative of the Illinois Department of Public Health’s Center for Minority Health Services and The Center for Rural Health, in collaboration with Well-Being and Equity (WE) in the World.

ARISE for Will County, Junior Medic LLC, and Coordinated Care Alliance Will County are three of the 18 organizations across Illinois awarded funding to address systemic health disparities highlighted by the COVID-19 pandemic.\

“Every person – no matter their ZIP code or economic status – should have access to essential health care needs,” said Loughran Cappel (D-Shorewood). “Through collaborative efforts, we can ensure we are putting the state on a path toward greater post-pandemic healing.”

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JOLIET – State Senators Eric Mattson and Meg Loughran Cappel joined the Illinois Department of Transportation and other community leaders to announce $93 million in improvements to Interstate 55 through Joliet and Shorewood by constructing a new diverging diamond interchange with Illinois 59.

“Our highways, roads, and bridges connect our communities and provide businesses with a network to expand and grow throughout our region,” said Mattson (D-Joliet). “The investments we are making here will help create jobs, promote safe conditions for drivers and further set the stage for economic development in Will County.”

The centerpiece of the project involves IDOT building a new bridge to convert the I-55 interchange with Illinois 59 into a full-access, diverging-diamond design to improve safety and traffic flow, with the East Frontage Road relocated and reconstructed. Auxiliary lanes will be added to I-55 between the Illinois 59 and U.S. 52 interchanges to improve safety by better accommodating vehicles entering and leaving the interstate. The Illinois 59 intersection within Seil Road will be improved and modernized.

“I-55 serves as an economic lifeline for our region,” said Loughran Cappel (D-Shorewood). “Throughout the years, this roadway has become known as one of the state’s main logistics and distribution corridors. This has cemented Will County as an economic hub for our region. These improvements will ensure our communities are able to meet the needs of tomorrow.”

Pedestrian access will be built across I-55, with the addition of sidewalks and a multiuse trail. New noise and retaining walls will also be built along I-55.

Mattson and Loughran Cappel have advocated for a number of investments throughout the region such as the $1.2 billion reconstruction of Interstate 80 and four other I-55 interchanges: $170.1 million for Airport Road/Lockport Road and at Illinois 126 in Romeoville as well as $140.4 million for Lorenzo Road and Illinois 129 near Braidwood.

Advance work started in 2021. The entire project is expected to take two full construction seasons to finish, with an anticipated completion date in late 2024 or early 2025.

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District Office:
20660 Caton Farm Road, Unit D
Crest Hill, IL 60403
(815) 207-4445

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M122 Capitol Building
Springfield, IL 62706
(217) 782-8800