HARRISBURG, IL - Illinois Senators remained in their legislative districts for the week, holding constituent meetings and attending community events, according to State Sen. Dale Fowler (R-Harrisburg).
Senator Fowler did a couple media visits recapping his recent visit to Cairo with Senate Leader Christine Radogno (R-Lemont). The Senator expressed his optimism that the proposed Cairo Port Authority project could begin the next phase of trying to acquire some capital funding or grants from the federal government.
On March 22, Senator Fowler and fellow Senator Paul Schimpf (R-Waterloo) visited Shawnee High School in Union County. The two Senators visited as part of their efforts to learn more about the infrastructure needs of their respective districts.
Shawnee School District serves Alexander, Jackson, and Union Counties along the Mississippi River. The school district's students have been working on an ongoing levee education project for seven years, in which they have highlighted the area's need for improved levee conditions. The school district is at the intersection of the Big Muddy and Mississippi Rivers. In recent years, the Army Corps of Engineers decertified the Big Muddy levees making them ineligible for federal funds.
Congressman Mike Bost (R-Murphysboro) and former Senator David Luechtefeld (R-Okawville) successfully passed legislation which will enable the Big Muddy levees to receive some critical upgrades.
On March 24, Senator Fowler traveled to Vienna to talk with junior high social studies classes about the importance of being involved in government.
Carbondale Town Hall Reminder
Senator Fowler will be co-hosting a town hall legislative forum with Senator Paul Schimpf in Carbondale on April 1. The event will be held at Carbondale Township Building located at 216 E. Monroe in Carbondale. It will begin at 9:00 A.M. and will end at 11:00 A.M. Free coffee and donuts will be provided to those constituents in attendance.