SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – A measure to provide funding for 911 services and ensure availability for emergency services, sponsored by state Representative Brandon Phelps, D-Harrisburg, passed both the Illinois House of Representatives and Senate and will soon be going to the Governor’s desk.
“It’s unimaginable to think that in an emergency, or with a hurt loved one, to call 911 and have nobody there,” said Phelps. “The idea that 911 services would not be available to some folks due to a lack of funding is ridiculous and unsafe. We especially face these issues downstate, where services and availability remain to be more limited for emergency services.”
Phelps’ measure, Senate Bill 1839 passed both chambers with strong bipartisan support last week. The legislation makes changes to the Department of State Police Law, the Emergency Telephone System Act, and Public Utilities Act and will work to reduce line and connection charges to make 911 services more easily accessible.
“I hope that the Governor sees the importance of the issue, and understands the gravity of the situation we are facing, especially downstate,” continued Phelps. “I am urging Governor Rauner to sign this measure into law. It received support from lawmakers all over the state and on both sides of the aisle, and is necessary for the wellbeing of many folks throughout Illinois.”
If you have questions or for more information, please call Phelps’ constituent service office at (618) 253-4189 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.