State Representative Tom Demmer announced on Tuesday that the Governor’s Office of Management and Budget (GOMB) has signed off on Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) release of $11.3 million statewide for community college capital projects in the first round of this funding to be released in this fiscal year.
The release includes $154,285 to Sauk Valley Community College to help replace the original 50+ year-old air handlers campus wide.  State funding will cover one air handler, while the remaining seven air handlers will be covered with local funds.  The efficiency and air quality will be greatly improved when the old units are replaced.
“We are making investments in higher education to improve facilities, reduce operating costs, and to ensure the colleges can focus on providing top notch education and training to be qualifies for great local jobs,” said Rep. Tom Demmer.
Sauk Valley Community College will be putting up $2,245,715 in local funds to complete the project.
“Infrastructure investment is a catalyst for job creation and economic development,” said Gov. Bruce Rauner. “We signed a bipartisan budget in June that includes funds for improvement projects that benefit local businesses and residents. This kind of investment is how government can play a positive role in the Illinois economy.”

State Representative Tom Demmer announced on Tuesday that the Governor’s Office of Management and Budget (GOMB) has signed off on Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) release of $11.3 million statewide for community college capital projects in the first round of this funding to be released in this fiscal year.

The release includes $220,005 to Kishwaukee College for extensive repair and accessibility improvements to the Greenhouse and Head House as part of the school’s horticulture program. These facilities were built in 1970. The seals to the glass wall and ceiling panels are beyond repair, making it difficult to maintain temperatures or a weather seal.

“We are making investments in higher education to improve facilities, reduce operating costs, and to ensure the colleges can focus on providing top notch education and training to be qualifies for great local jobs,” said Rep. Tom Demmer.

Kiskwaukee College will be putting up $164,570 in local matching funds to complete the project.

“Infrastructure investment is a catalyst for job creation and economic development,” said Gov. Bruce Rauner. “We signed a bipartisan budget in June that includes funds for improvement projects that benefit local businesses and residents. This kind of investment is how government can play a positive role in the Illinois economy.”

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State Representative Tom Demmer is helping spread the word about a new website launched this week linking employment and higher education data so users can compare the relative earnings value of college degrees.
The planning tool (http://ILCollege2Career.com) was unveiled by Governor Bruce Rauner at his quarterly Children’s Cabinet meeting on Thursday. 
 “Data can help drive better decisions by students to increase their earnings prospects right here in Illinois,” said Rep. Tom Demmer (R-Dixon).  “This is an innovative new tool to bring our education system into the 21st Century and allow data to help drive results for Illinois students and future workers.”
The data is broken down by schools and area of study, so that students may compare the earnings potential of degree programs from different public and private institutions in the state.  ILCollege2Career.com is the product of collaboration between the Governor’s Office, Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE), the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB), the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) and the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES).
“ILCollege2Career.com is groundbreaking for our state,” Governor Rauner said while introducing the tool to cabinet members at the meeting at Springfield High School.  “Education has been my top investment priority for many years.  In order to grow our economy, we need to give our young people the best education system possible, so they will choose to live, learn and work here in Illinois.”
All 48 community colleges and 60+ four-year universities in Illinois participated in the project.
“As a state, we are moving away from just gathering data for compliance purposes to using data to transform decision-making at the local, regional and state level,” said Karen Hunter Anderson, executive director of the Illinois Community College Board.  “The Illinois College2Career tool gives high school students and parents, as well as nontraditional students, more transparent and easily accessible information about their post-secondary choices and careers.”

Representative Tom Demmer will be honored by the Illinois Chamber of Commerce for his pro-jobs voting record over the past two years in the Illinois General Assembly.

The Illinois Chamber honored 34 members of the Illinois House, including Demmer, and 13 members of the Illinois Senate with its biennial “Champion of Free Enterprise” award given in recognition of legislators’ support for voting to further economic opportunities for Illinoisans.

“The Chamber’s Legislative Ratings lets Illinois families, small businesses, and taxpayers know if legislators voted in favor of private sector job creation and a stronger economy,” said Todd Maisch, president and CEO of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce.

The Illinois Chamber’s Legislative Ratings tracks votes important to the state’s business community and grades legislators based on their support of pro-business issues during the two-year legislative session. Rep. Demmer has an average score of 92% over his past two terms.

“We all know we need to grow our revenue base in Illinois, and the best way to do that is with job creation and retention. That’s why I am proud to vote in favors of economic growth and job creation and honored to be recognized by the Chamber for continuing to do so,” said Rep. Demmer.

To learn more about the ratings and bills included, please visit the Illinois Chamber’s website at http://ilchamber.org.

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