SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – In response to President Trump’s budget proposal, state Rep. Laura Fine, D-Glenview, filed a resolution calling on the Illinois Congressional Delegation and President Trump to protect funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

“One of the most valuable resources that our state has is the 63 miles of land along Lake Michigan,” Fine said. “It is an economic engine for the state bringing in billions of dollars in business and tourism. These industries support thousands of jobs in our communities. If we lose funding from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, it will hurt our environment and our economy.”

Fine introduced House Resolution 268 asking the Illinois Congressional delegation to protect funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. In the proposed federal budget, funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative was cut by 97 percent, from $300 million to just $10 million. The initiative was first created to help reduce pollution, fight invasive species and protect natural habitats in the Great Lakes. The efforts have improved drinking water for 7 million Illinois residents and have helped make the Great Lakes cleaner, safer and better places to live and conduct business.

“This isn’t just a federal issue, defunding this program will have a direct impact on local communities and the state,” Fine said. “Regardless of your political viewpoint, protecting this funding is the right thing to do for the health, safety and financial well-being of our communities.”

For more information please contact Fine’s constituent service office at 847-988-1717 or email repfine@gmail.com.

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