Jerry Smith, City of DeKalb discusses the biggest economic driver in DeKalb is Northern Illinois University & Freshman enrollment has spiked this year. There is a lot of progress in economic development on the west side & also downtown.
Little For Elementary School in Waukegan, IL partnered with Comcast for the 17th annual Comcast Cares Day. Volunteers gave the school some much needed TLC. They refreshed the classroom by refurbishing shelving units and painting. They also cleaned up grounds and planted flowers.
Comcast employees and community members gathered at the Elgin Salvation Army to spend day volunteering to spruce up the grounds, remodel the clothing closet, and move their food pantry to the first floor. Comcast has been partnering with the Elgin Salvation Army for 6 years.
Comcasters gathered at the Tinley Park office for Well Wish Note Project which included sorting through donations and writing notes for theCradlestoCrayonsorganization. Employee donations of clothing,toys, shoes, and basic essentials were sortedtobe included in care packages for local children living in low-income and homeless situations. Comcasters also wrotesupportive and enthusiastic messages, decorated with fun drawings, stickers & picturestosend words of encouragement and bring joytokids during the school year.
Foster children doing well at school are at risk because of financial issues and tuition costs. In the mid 90's, Illinois had the highest rated higher education. Now we are at the lowest. The Bridge Program is a mentor program that helps to keep students being lost to the summer melt. We will change this state by investing in higher education.
There needs to be a universal 72 hour waiting period for all gun purchases instead of the current 72 hours for hand guns and 48 hours for long guns. Lawmakers need to pass responsible legislature instead of just putting out there more guns. Also discussed is the need for more transparency at restaurants to help families with food allergies.
Illinois has a shortage of teachers. Other states offer a streamlined curriculum which specializes in your area of teaching. This cuts down on time and money spent on college costs and helps students who have financial difficulties.
Blanca M. Vargas, League United of Latin American Citizens discusses their goal of improving lives of Latinos. 77% of Latinos don't' attend college because of the cost and they help raise scholarship money to help them.
Mariana Osoria, Family Focus, Inc. discuses their help to low income families in 7 locations. They help with immigration, literacy, development and adult education. Most services are free or at a very low cost.
Anne E. O'Keefe, Rockford Public Library discusses the space & design for the new building. They want to know taxpayer wants and needs so money is spent wisely. Libraries have resources besides books & offer computer classes, & help in resume writing.