Letters: Mayors support Lipinski
September 22, 2012
In the 16 months since the state Legislature passed the new congressional map, there has been a lot of discussion about what the new representation will mean for Will County.
As mayors of municipalities in Will County, we wanted to share with your readers our very encouraging experiences with one of these congressmen, Dan Lipinski. Congressman Lipinski has not only shown great interest in our communities, but has already been helpful in addressing major issues that face our residents.
Congressman Lipinski regularly meets with us and, most important, local residents. He has not only visited with us in our city halls to ask about local issues and how he can help, he has attended many parades, community picnics, festivals, Rotary Club and chamber of commerce meetings, veterans events and senior programs. He even held a job fair at Lockport Township High School.
Dan Lipinski’s position as northern Illinois’ most senior member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee will certainly benefit the area.
Already, he has helped get Metra and CN to improve on-time performance on the Heritage Corridor and he is working to add service to the line.
Last year, he brought the head of the FAA’s Airports Division to Lewis University Airport to meet with local officials and discuss plans for the airport’s future and how it can stimulate further economic growth and job creation in nearby communities.
The visit by Christa Fornarotto, the FAA’s associate administrator for airports, was the first by such a high-level FAA official in memory. And early next year, thanks to passage of the Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization bill that Lipinski helped write earlier this year, $2.4 million in federal money will be spent to resurface a runway at our airport.
The future success of our communities and of Will County is critical to each of us. Dan Lipinski has shown us that he understands the concerns of local residents and will stand up for all the constituents in his congressional district. We understand he is scouting several sites for a district office in the area, which is further evidence that Dan Lipinski is making Will County a top priority.
Crest Hill Mayor Ray Soliman
Lemont Mayor Brian Reaves
Lockport Mayor Dev Trivedi
Romeoville Mayor John Noak
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