Springfield, IL … Yesterday the House unanimously adopted Senate Joint Resolution 39 which designates the bridge on Irving Park Road that crosses over the Des Plaines River as the “Corporal Donald W. Bollman Bridge.” State Representative Michael P. McAuliffe (R-Chicago) worked in partnership with State Senator John Mulroe (D-Chicago) on the effort to honor the sacrifice and bravery of Corporal Donald W. Bollman, as he was killed in action during the Vietnam War.

“The Vietnam War is an important part of our history as the lives of so many families were impacted,” said McAuliffe. “Corporal Bollman answered his call of duty and gave the ultimate sacrifice. We should forever be grateful for his bravery during a tumultuous time period and I hope that this bridge designation serves as small gesture of our state’s endless gratitude.”

Village President Jim Chmura expressed appreciation from the Village of Norridge, Corporal Bollman’s hometown:

“On behalf of myself and the Norridge Village Board we are very pleased to hear that the State of Illinois will be honoring the memory of Norridge’s very own Corporal Donald W. Bollman by having the bridge at Irving Park Road in Schiller Park renamed ‘Corporal Donald W. Bollman Bridge.’ Corporal Bollman made the ultimate sacrifice in Vietnam at the age of 23 to ensure the freedom of all Americans. He is a true hero.”

Corporal Donald W. Bollman was killed in action on March 1, 1967 at the age of twenty-three. He was a life-long resident of Norridge, Illinois and was the recipient of the Purple Heart and Bronze Star with a V for Valor for his heroism.

Bipartisan legislation result of successful negotiations between Rauner Administration, City of Chicago and General Assembly

SPRINGFIELD – Governor Bruce Rauner today signed a landmark criminal justice bill in his capitol office with Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson, Sen. Kwame Raoul (D-Chicago), House Republican Leader Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs), and other members of the General Assembly. The bill is a result of successful negotiations between the administration, City of Chicago and the General Assembly that will crack down on criminals who are repeat gun offenders, safely reduce the prison population, and create a more rehabilitative criminal justice system.

“This legislation provides new tools for law enforcement and the Courts to take on violent crime, while providing a second chance for non-violent, first time offenders,” Governor Rauner said. “This shows what is possible when leaders at all levels of government work together, and across party lines, to address the challenges facing our cities and state. It took several months of hard work, compromise and bipartisan cooperation – but together, we got it done.”

SB 1722 makes a number of changes to the criminal justice system to improve how we punish and rehabilitate gun offenders, as well as combat gang violence in Illinois. The bill will strengthen sentencing guidelines if they have committed a gun crime before. It also creates a First-Time Weapon Offender Diversion Program to address the underlying reasons why a young adult may have committed the offense.

The Illinois General Assembly has been called into special session by the Governor to continue to rectify the on-going budget impasse. State Representative Michael P. McAuliffe (R-Chicago) headed to Springfield hopeful for a resolution:

“Now is the time, more than ever, to get a budget deal accomplished. Illinois needs a comprehensive balanced budget with responsible reforms,” stated Rep. McAuliffe. “I am optimistic that with some additional good-faith negotiations, all four caucuses of the General Assembly will be satisfied with a compromise that works to end this impasse and put a stop to the fiscal instability. I have also opted to decline my allotted per diem and travel expenses."

The General Assembly will be in session for nine continuous days ending on June 30.