pexels pixabay 434442 rWEST CHICAGO – In celebration of Parks and Recreation Month, State Senator Karina Villa announced $400,000 in funding for a local forest preserve in Kane County.

“When we invest in our outdoor spaces, we invest in our community,” said Villa (D-West Chicago). “Spending time outside improves our mental health, helps us keep our bodies healthy, and fosters a better understanding of the world around us.”

Through the Open Space Land Acquisition and Development grant program, the Jon J. Duerr Forest Preserve in South Elgin will receive $400,000.

Grants are administered by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and support local park projects. When combined with local matching funds, the latest OSLAD grants provide more than $56 million in local park development projects and land acquisitions statewide.

“Everyone deserves the opportunity to get outside and enjoy nature, especially when we have so much to appreciate right here in our backyard,” Villa said. “I hope residents will take time this Parks and Recreation Month to explore the great parks and preserves in our community.”

Learn more about OSLAD grants and see a full list of projects on the Illinois DNR website.

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SPRINGFIELD – People searching for long-term care facilities are a step closer to avoiding misleading information regarding available services, thanks to a measure championed by State Senator Karina Villa (D-West Chicago).

“Imagine not being able to access information on potential long-term care facilities due to incorrect and misleading information,” Villa said. “Finding a long-term care facility that fits the needs of the patients is hard enough – the facility’s websites should not add to the confusion.”

Villa’s measure would eliminate an obligation for the Illinois Department on Aging’s Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program to label the Consumer Choice search tool with the name “Resident’s Right to Know.” This elimination would allow residents additional information on services offered by facilities, including memory care, transportation, dialysis, multilingual staff and more without being misled or confused.

“Every future resident should have the same access to information regarding their future,” Villa said. “Let’s make this process less difficult for vulnerable populations by eliminating the confusion.”

Senate Bill 4024 passed the Senate floor and now heads to the House for further consideration.

Villa also hosts a Senior Advisory Committee that meets on the second Friday of each month at 10 a.m. via Zoom, where this topic and other matters are discussed. To receive the link and agenda contact her office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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