CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS (CAPITAL PLAN)
Senator Forby passed the state’s first capital construction plan in over a decade. The capital bill is investing more than $31 billion to repair roads, bridges, schools, hospitals and other infrastructure improvements through 2015.
Total Jobs Created /Retained in
Locally, this program is creating hundreds of thousands of jobs in
More than $100 million to expand
IllinoisRoute 13 to six lanes between Marionand Carbondale
More than $60 million dollars for Southern Illinois University at
$3 million to build an emergency access wing on the Cairo Megaclinic—restoring emergency room service to Alexander and
Approximately $3 million to upgrade the
Vienna Correctional Center
More than $2 million for school construction in the
Benton School District
More than $160 million to improve local roads, spread across 13 counties.
The plan also includes other projects to improve schools, sewer lines, hospitals and other state and local facilities throughout
THE REBIRTH OF THE ILLINOIS COAL INDUSTRY
The coal mining industry has a strong, proud tradition in Southern Illinois. The industry pumps about $1 billion into the state's economy and represents about 2,000 total jobs in Senate District 59, with over 500 more to be created in the near future. The development of clean coal technologies are a welcoming sign to the coal regions in Southern Illinois and will provide an economic boost to the region.
Continental Tire Expansion (Mt
Senator Forby sponsored legislation to allow the Continental Tire plant in
Total Jobs Created (over next four years): 444 jobs
Total Direct Capital Investment: $224 million
Marion Chamber of Commerce Expansion
Senator Forby sponsored legislation to help expand the Marion Chamber of Commerce building and create a regional visitors' center (PA 96-0587).
Leisure Properties LLC d/b/a Crownline Boats (West Frankfort)
Senator Forby helped retain jobs in Southern Illinois by allowing Leisure Properties to take advantage of the EDGE Tax Credit program in 2010.
Total Jobs Created: 5 jobs
- Total Jobs Retained: 130 jobs
- Total Direct Capital Investment: $1.8 million
FUNDING FOR HOSPITALS
Senator Forby helped secure a potential $300,000 for area hospitals by sponsoring legislation that allows money generated locally to stay in
A portion of fines collected from traffic violations goes into a fund that distributes money to hospitals within the state’s 11 trauma districts, none of which are in
Southern Illinois. Forby’s measure ensures area hospitals are not left out of that funding.
The total amount of money in the Fund is $3.5 million, which means
Southern Illinoiscould see an estimated $300 thousand in funding directed to local hospitals.
As part of the 2009
Total Jobs Created (over next four years): 130 jobs
Rural Legislator of the Year - 2010
In 2010, Senator Forby was named the “Rural Legislator of the Year” by the Illinois Hospital Association for their commitment to small and rural hospitals. The Rural Legislator of the Year Award honors a member of the Illinois State Senate and a member of the
FUNDING FOR SCHOOLS
School Construction Program (SCP) Grants
In May and October 2010, a number of SCP grants were awarded to schools in
May 2010: $821,000 (out of $2.4 million available statewide) for
BentonCommunity Consolidated SD47
May 2010: $176,00 (out of $528,000 available statewide) for
Johnston City CUSD
October 2010: $1.2 million (out of $3.6 million available statewide) for
October 2010: $16.5 million (out of $22.5 million available statewide) for
NRA / GUN RIGHTS
Concealed Carry & FOID Cardholders’ Privacy
Senator Forby fought for gun-owners’ rights by introducing a bill that would have brought concealed carry to Illinois and passed a measure that ensures the safety of Illinois FOID card holders.
Fighting Oppressive Chicago Gun Laws
In 2012, Senator Forby led the effort to defeat two anti-gun bills proposed by the mayor of Chicago. One would have created a handgun registry and fee. The other would have put a tax on ammunition. Though the majority of the money collected from these fees and taxes would have come from Downstate, most of it would have been spent on Chicago programs. Forby joined his Downstate colleagues to collect thousands of petition signatures and to convince the legislature to vote down these laws.
'12 TORNADOES, '11 HISTORIC FLOOD & '09 "DERECHO" STORMS
After devastating tornadoes and strong storms struck Harrisburg, Carrier Mills, Ridgway, and other communities on February 29, 2012, Senator Forby worked with other state officials to provide members of the community support for efforts to clean up and rebuild. Forby also helped raise money for local charities and passed legislation making it easier for families who lost their homes to rebuild.
When the Mississippi River approached dangerously‐high water levels due to historic rain totals, Senator Forby came to the defense of the Cairo community by publicly supporting a plan to breach the Bird's Point levee and save the City from being completely submerged by flood waters. Soon after the water levels returned to normal, Forby worked with local representatives and IMEA officials to acquire federal assistance funding for counties affected throughout Southern Illinois. A month later, Forby and local legislators hosted the "Southern Illinois Together" benefit to raise funds for area organizations assisting flood victims. In total, the event raised $150,000 to assist local residents and their families.
In May 2009, after severe weather ripped through the area causing power outages, uprooted trees, and damaged homes and businesses, Senator Forby worked with the Governor's office and Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) officials to determine what assistance was needed by residents and their families, and remained in constant contact with local officials and power companies about the latest news regarding power outages. The governor declared Williamson, Franklin and Jackson counties as state disaster areas which assisted in accessing resources to support local governments in disaster response and laid the initial steps for acquiring federal help.
According to the Department of Tourism, Illinois' tourism industry last year generated $29.3 billion in revenue, an increase of more than $2.2 billion from the previous year. Despite
The tourism industry in
Economic Impact: $5.6 million, up 6.2%
Economic Impact: $29.4 million, up 2.3%
Economic Impact: $3.5 million, up 8.4%
Economic Impact: $4.8 million, up 1.2%
Economic Impact: $7.7 million, up 8%
Economic Impact: $63.5 million, up 0.5%
Economic Impact: $5.3 million, up 9.5%
Economic Impact: $3.4 million, up 1.8%
Economic Impact: $15.7 million, up 4.4%
Economic Impact: $8.8 million, up 6.7%
Economic Impact: $106.5 million, up 9.2 %