CHICAGO – April 18, 2013 – Governor Pat Quinn today declared a state of emergency as state agencies prepared to provide assistance to local governments throughout the northern half of Illinois dealing with severe river and flash flooding. The state of emergency ensures that state resources are activated and that the federal government is aware that a disaster declaration is likely. It also allows the state to request resources as needed, such as personnel and equipment. State and local emergency personnel have been on the ground in hardest hit areas since early this morning.

"Heavy rainfall over the past few days has created dangerous flooding in areas across the state," Governor Quinn said. "Everyone should stay home and off the roads if possible. To ensure safety as these storms continue, people should be alert and avoid flooded areas."

Read more: IDOT Weather-Related Transportation Updates – Statewide by Region

041013br0236State Senator Tom Cullerton joined students from his district as they visited Springfield on Wednesday. More than 140 seventh and eighth graders from Wood Dale Junior High came to the Capitol building with their teacher Joe Krause to learn firsthand how state government works.

As part of their tour, Cullerton invited the students in the Senate Chamber to explain the process of lawmaking. The students even got to sit in the members’ seats and learned about the voting process.

They also had the opportunity to visit the Illinois House.

Read more: Tom Cullerton teaches students about state government

T. Cullerton First BillWith more and more of the suburbs being paved and developed, a growing concern is what to do with the seemingly countless gallons of storm runoff pouring through suburban streets and flooding properties every year.

State Sen. Tom Cullerton, the former mayor of Villa Park, is attempting to make it easier for suburban communities to utilize environmental solutions that reduce and ideally use the problematic runoff.

Legislation sponsored by Cullerton was approved Thursday by the Illinois Senate on a vote of 55 to 0.

Cullerton’s legislation spells out that suburban communities have the ability to maintain so-called “green infrastructure” such as green roofs, rain gardens and other environmental alternatives to the traditional storm sewer network.

Read more: It should be easier to be green, says Senator Tom Cullerton

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