NAPERVILLE – State Senator Laura Ellman (D-Naperville) announced today that five local area school districts are set to receive over $40,000 in grants given out by Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White’s School Library Grant program.

The grants, which are issued by the Illinois State Library, are meant to help public schools offer more library books and materials to students.

“I’m grateful to hear that these five districts will receive these grants,” Ellman said. “Libraries play an important role and are a wonderful resource for children of all ages. This additional funding will be helpful for these libraries to continue updating their materials for every student.”

School libraries can use these funds to acquire fiction and/or nonfiction books, educational CDs and DVDs, and library subscriptions to electronic resources, as well as to improve technology by purchasing new computers or improving Wi-Fi connectivity.

Schools receiving school library grants include:

  • Naperville CUSD #203 - $12,001.50'
  • Benjamin School District #25 – $750.00
  • Wheaton-Warrenville CUSD #200 - $9,174.75
  • Winfield School District 34 - $750.00
  • Indian Prairie CUSD # 204 – $19,908.75

Grant applications for Fiscal Year 2021 are set to be available in August of this year.


SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Laura Ellman (D-Naperville) congratulated newly elected Senate President Don Harmon (D-Oak Park) on Sunday evening and stressed the importance of service and accountability and continuing former Senate President John Cullerton’s legacy of building consensus around solutions.

“I want to congratulate Senator Harmon on his new role as our Senate president and look forward to working together,” Ellman said. “The person holding the office of president sets the tone of the chamber for the next month, years, and 'eras,’ so to speak. With a new president, the Illinois Senate will have a fresh start - one that promises service, responsibility and, most importantly, accountability to Illinoisans now and in the future.”

Senator Ellman plans to continue representing and serving the 21st District and to champion environmental protection legislation that will protect Illinoisans across the state from the effects of climate change and prevent future damage to our economy, communities, and environment.

Along with fellow lawmakers, Senator Ellman will return to Springfield under new leadership January 28 for this year’s spring legislative session.


NAPERVILLE – State Senator Laura Ellman (D-Naperville) is pleased to announce that the Office of the State Fire Marshal is now accepting applications for the state's Small Equipment Grant program.

“Our community’s first responders and firefighters work tirelessly and, in some cases, put their lives on the line to keep our communities safe,” Ellman said. “This grant program is a great opportunity for our firefighters. It can provide additional resources to ensure that they can do their jobs to the best of their abilities to keep our communities as safe as possible."

The Small Equipment Grant Program was established to provide grants of up to $26,000 for the purchase of small firefighting and ambulance equipment.The majority of the state’s fire departments, protection districts and local township fire departments are eligible to apply for this grant.

Ambulance services that qualify as not-for-profit emergency medical service providers are eligible to apply as well. For further information on the application process, or to access a copy of application, visit

Applications must be postmarked no later than Feb. 29, 2020 to be considered for the grant.

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SPRINGFIELD –Cook County seniors would see access to property tax break sooner under legislation by State Senator Laura Ellman that passed the Senate unopposed on Thursday.

“My goal was always to simplify this application process as much as possible,” said Ellman, (D-Naperville), the measure’s chief sponsor. “Rather than subjecting our seniors to an unnecessary reapplication process, we’re making things easier on them while also giving more people the chance to benefit from property tax breaks.”

Currently, every county in Illinois other than Cook may allow seniors to receive the Senior Citizen Homestead Exemption without having to reapply for it annually. Changes to the law will allow Cook County seniors the same privilege, and House Bill 961 allows this exemption to take effect for the taxable year 2019.

Cook County agencies would also be required to keep track of any property transfers or death that would end the exemption on a particular piece of property in order to prevent abuse of it.

This legislation now awaits the governor’s signature.

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