An update from State Senator Patrick Joyce

This post was contributed by a community member. The views expressed here are the author’s own.

When the time came, we stepped up to get the job done for all those who help keep the lights on every day.

As I have mentioned in my updates over the past few months, I have been working feverishly with lawmakers and advocates on a comprehensive clean energy package in Springfield this summer. These negotiations have been long and complicated, and we all have felt some frustration at times about the lack of progress.

But twice in recent weeks, I stood with my Senate Democratic colleagues to vote for a package that puts Illinois on the right track. Our plan proves we can protect our environment and fight the devastating effects of climate change, while supporting the families in our area and across Illinois who depend on affordable, reliable electricity and the critical jobs of our energy industry.

Find out what’s happening in Chicago Heights with free, real-time updates from Patch.

I am proud of the final product, which will make Illinois a national clean energy leader. We are embracing carbon-free and renewable energy, and the many jobs and environmental benefits that will come with it. We are keeping our nuclear facilities open to continue providing great careers for so many families, and we are helping find new roles for the fossil fuel plants in communities that have come to depend upon them.

We are creating new apprenticeship and job training opportunities for workers in the energy sector, and new pipelines to promote equity and diversity. And we are doing all of this at minimal cost to ratepayers, while offering more aid for those who struggle to pay their bills. Illinois has laid an excellent roadmap for success.

Find out what’s happening in Chicago Heights with free, real-time updates from Patch.

But I’m also proud of how we got this done. Every time we hit a roadblock, our Senate team came together to find a new way forward. Every time advocates couldn’t agree, we pushed them back to the table for more conversations.

We lived up to our commitment to pass laws that make a difference in people’s lives. This is why I was elected to serve you.

The energy package is one of this summer’s major accomplishments, but my work doesn’t stop when I leave Springfield. Back home in the district, I have been busy with events and constituent discussions to stay on top of our community’s needs.

My staff and I were on hand to provide information and answer questions in University Park recently. We had another great Coffee, Conversation and & Constituent Services event on Sept. 18 in Bourbonnais, where I met with residents to discuss everything I’ve been working on in Springfield and other issues facing our community.

From providing much-needed natural gas service to a local community, to lowering trailer fees, to giving our schools relief from the teacher shortage, I was busy at the Capitol passing laws this year to help solve the problems facing our district.

Watch for more opportunities like this free mobile unit event with the Secretary of State in Herscher as we work to help provide the services you need around the district.

I urge you to contact me anytime I can help at 708-756-0882 or I will continue to share the latest news on my website and on my Facebook page:

Sen. Patrick Joyce

D-Essex, 40th State Senate District

The views expressed in this post are the author’s own. Want to post on Patch?

The rules of replying:

  • Be respectful. This is a space for friendly local discussions. No racist, discriminatory, vulgar or threatening language will be tolerated.
  • Be transparent. Use your real name, and back up your claims.
  • Keep it local and relevant. Make sure your replies stay on topic.
  • Review the Patch Community Guidelines.

via Chicago Heights, IL Patch

September 25, 2021 at 04:57PM

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s