BooksSUGAR GROVE – Thanks to support from State Senator Karina Villa (D-West Chicago) to provide local libraries with the resources needed for pandemic recovery, three libraries in the district she represents will receive more than $48,000 in combined grant funding to grow and enhance their services for the community.

“Our libraries have worked hard to be a constant in our lives through the ups and downs of the pandemic,” Villa said. “From providing resources for virtual learning to serving as a safe space for children after school, the work our libraries do for our communities is unmatched.”

The initiative is aimed to respond directly to difficulties caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The grant provides funding for libraries to modify services, transform spaces and develop resources for their local recovering workforce and to ensure all operations can be provided safely and effectively as the pandemic continues.

The following libraries in the district Villa represents will receive these funds:
• Town and Country Public Library: $19,647
• Sugar Grove Public Library: $19,713
• Yorkville Public Library: $9,280

“This critical funding will help our local libraries bounce back from the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic so they can continue to provide for our community,” Villa said. “Libraries have always been one of my favorite places to visit, and I look forward to seeing the growth that will come from increased access to resources at these facilities.”

$48,640 in funding was awarded to libraries in the 25th Senate District. For a full list of libraries receiving a grant, click here.

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State Senator Karina VillaSPRINGFIELD – Following a decades-long fight to protect expecting mothers, State Senator Karina Villa (D-West Chicago) is proud of the advancements signed into law Tuesday that will set standards for qualifications and certifications of midwives.

“The pandemic has highlighted the importance of safe home births, and midwives play a critical role in guaranteeing that mothers and babies are safe at all stages of pregnancy,” Villa said. “Pregnancy is a long, physically and mentally demanding process, and our mothers deserve the highest level of care that our providers can offer.”

Certified professional midwives without nursing degrees were previously not recognized as health care professionals who can assist with home births. More than 30 states recognize CPMs without additional degrees, but Illinois only recognized the professionals with advanced-practice registered nurse status. The new law ensures pregnant women have access to competent health care providers before, during and after pregnancy.

This landmark legislation creates the Licensed Certified Professional Midwife Practice Act, which contains education, training and experience requirements for midwives. These requirements allow midwives without nursing degrees to gain meaningful instruction so they can provide the best care possible to women in need of their services.

“Today with the signing of the Licensed Certified Professional Midwife Practice Act, we aren’t just prioritizing the contributions of workers and health care providers — we are prioritizing mothers and their babies,” Villa said.

House Bill 3401, which was co-sponsored by Villa, was signed into law Tuesday.

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Airplane at Aurora Municipal AirportAURORA – The Aurora Municipal Airport and DuPage Airport will receive a combined $2.5 million in state funding for maintenance and upgrades, State Senator Karina Villa (D-West Chicago) announced Monday.

“Our local airports help bring tourists to our communities and increase travel opportunities for families across the region,” Villa said. “An investment in our airports is an investment to keep and bring more good-paying jobs for working families across the 25th District.”

The 96 projects selected for funding will help meet the needs of airports large and small in both urban and rural communities. Projects will include planning, construction, reconstruction, development and improvement of public airports to increase safety and efficiency. Communities will also benefit from increased aviation access, good-paying jobs during construction and long-term opportunities for workforce expansion.

Among the projects to receive funding, the Aurora Municipal Airport is set to receive $1.3 million to rehabilitate parking lots and the entrance road as well as $279,000 for airport perimeter roadway construction. The DuPage Airport will receive $594,000 for airport perimeter road resurfacing as well as $405,000 to construct a new parking lot.

A full list of recipients can be viewed by going to

“These monumental investments in our aviation system will help solidify Illinois’ role as a transportation hub for our country,” Villa said. “Maintenance and upgrades to the Aurora Municipal Airport and DuPage Airport are critical to the collective aviation success of our state.”

The Illinois aviation system is one of the largest in the nation, made up of more than 850 individual landing facilities. Illinois is home to everything from O’Hare International Airport to municipal airports and private grass strips, contributing more than $95 billion annually to the state’s economy.

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State Senator Karina VillaSPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Senate supported an effort led by State Senator Karina Villa (D-West Chicago) to declare October Manufacturing Month in Illinois.

“More than 550,000 manufacturers across our state deserve thanks and recognition this Manufacturing Month for the work they do to produce billions of dollars in output,” Villa said. “This year in particular, our manufacturing industry has saved lives by producing medical supplies to protect our communities from the COVID-19 pandemic, and I could not be more grateful for their hard work.”

Recognizing Manufacturing Month in Illinois will bring much-needed awareness to challenges the industry faces by encouraging manufacturers and organizations to address current shortcomings and prepare for its development. Manufacturing careers will continue to be rewarding and attractive options for young workers, non-traditional students and other previously underrepresented groups with the encouragement of educators across Illinois.

“The promise of American manufacturing led the way forward and continues today as we rebuild and recover from the greatest health and economic crisis in generations. Amazing and innovative manufacturers have answered our nation’s call during every major challenge and they stepped up again during the global pandemic by creating life saving medicines, supplying our health care workers and first responders with protective equipment, and stocking our stores with safe and nutritious food,” said Mark Denzler, president & CEO of the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association. “Manufacturers are an economic engine that is reshaping the world around us while working to create a better tomorrow. Today’s facilities are clean, diverse, sustainable, and high tech and the IMA appreciates the support of Senator Villa and other manufacturing advocates during Manufacturing Month.”

Senate Resolution 581 was adopted with bipartisan support in the Senate on Thursday.

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