nkhouseELGIN – The Elgin Area Historical Society will be receiving a much-needed financial boost to go toward the Nancy Kimball Cobblestone House project, thanks to support from State Senator Cristina Castro (D-Elgin).

“The Nancy Kimball Cobblestone House is a unique architectural landmark in Elgin,” Castro said. “The historical society has been hard at work updating the house for public use, and this funding will help the organization meet their vision as they continue to look toward the future.”

Overseen by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, the Illinois Public Museum Capital Grants Program is open to any museum operated by a local government or built on municipally owned land. The program will distribute a total of $19.7 million in grants to 36 Illinois museums for facility improvement and development of new exhibits.

The Nancy Kimball Cobblestone House project will receive $64,200 for upgrading the house and maintaining its historical integrity. According to the Elgin History Museum, which oversees the project, the house will eventually be utilized as a public event space including gallery spaces, work rooms for community projects, meeting spaces for small local groups and a setting for educational programs.

“The Elgin History Museum is grateful to receive this Illinois state grant to finish the rehabilitation of the Nancy Kimball Cobblestone House,” said Elizabeth Marston, director of the Elgin History Museum. “The City of Elgin and the Elgin History Museum plan to open the building as a community education center later this year. Thanks to the many project partners who have helped to bring this uniquely styled building back to life.”

Follow along for updates to the Nancy Kimball Cobblestone House project on the organization’s Facebook page and learn more on the Elgin History Museum website

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waterfaucetELGIN – State Senator Cristina Castro (D-Elgin) is pleased to see multiple opportunities for improvement projects slated for municipalities in the district she represents, including funding for wastewater system updates and the replacement of lead service lines.

“Making sure our communities have proper access to safe water systems is always a priority,” Castro said. “Elgin, Hanover Park and Bartlett will all be getting the help they need to address critical infrastructure improvements to keep residents safe and healthy.”

The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency is awarding $65.6 million in low-interest loans to local governments and sanitary districts to fund wastewater, stormwater and drinking water projects. In the 22nd district, the Village of Bartlett is receiving $37 million to update the wastewater treatment plant on Stearns Road, including the installation of a new control system and updating outdated components of the plant.

The Hanover Park Water Reclamation Plant will receive nearly $13.5 million to remove and replace boilers and digesters with newer, more efficient models.

Additionally, the City of Elgin will receive $4 million to assist with replacing lead service lines in the community water supply. Replacing outdated lines will ensure residents are consuming and using safe water free from toxic lead.

“Replacing lead service lines is a huge undertaking,” Castro said. “This funding will help the city of Elgin move ahead with this project to make sure our drinking water is safe from lead.”

View a full list of projects receiving wastewater funding here and learn more about Elgin’s funding for lead service line replacement here.

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ELGIN – After hearing concerns from local residents about rising utility rates, State Senator Cristina Castro (D-Elgin) is hosting a free utility bill clinic with the Citizens Utility Board to help community members spot unnecessary charges and avoid scams.

“People are getting sticker shock every month when they get their utility bill,” Castro said. “Making sure our residents have access to the resources they need to decode their utility bill will hopefully save families more money.”

The clinic will be hosted by Sen. Castro on Wednesday, March 2 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Gail Borden Public Library, 270 N. Grove Ave. in Elgin. It will be free to the public and no registration is required. CUB recommends residents bring copies of recent utility bills for review.

“Winter weather will always cause a spike in people’s bills, but more and more I am hearing from residents that their costs are skyrocketing,” Castro said. “I hope this clinic will help residents learn ways to advocate for themselves as they look for ways to lower their bills.”

For any questions or more information, contact Sen. Castro’s office at 847-214-8864 or reach out on her website at www.senatorcristinacastro.com/contact-us

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mom holding baby 0SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Cristina Castro (D-Elgin) supported a bill to remove a sales tax on breast pumps and related supplies to help new mothers access the products they need more affordably.

“Breast pumps are a basic necessity for nursing parents, especially ones who need to return to work and can’t breast feed regularly,” said Castro, a longtime advocate for new mothers. “A sales tax on these products is just one more financial barrier for mothers to try to overcome.”

Senate Bill 3634 would exempt breast pumps, breast pump collection and storage supplies and breast pump kits from sales tax, which is currently 6.25% of the cost. These supplies are necessary for mothers who choose to breastfeed, and many insurance companies do not cover the cost of these products.

Eight other states, including New York, Minnesota and Pennsylvania, already exempt breast pump and related supplies from state sales tax.

“Over 84% of mothers in Illinois choose to breastfeed at some point, and over 42% do so exclusively for the first three months,” Castro said. “Making sure mothers can afford what they need to make a healthy choice for themselves and their baby is essential.”

SB 3634, which Castro is a co-sponsor of, passed the Senate Friday and now moves to the floor for further consideration.

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