Senator VillivalamCHICAGO – To address gun violence as a public health crisis and end the sale of untraceable firearms, State Senator Ram Villivalam supported two gun violence prevention measures that were signed into law.

“Gun violence is an epidemic that touches all of our communities,” said Villivalam (D-Chicago). “Treating it like the public health crisis it is will ensure that our state agencies, social service providers, community organizations and others can effectively coordinate on preventing violence.”

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Senator VillivalamSPRINGFIELD – To better meet the needs of Illinois’ Indian American population, legislation to create the Illinois Indian American Advisory Council, championed by State Senator Ram Villivalam, was signed into law on Friday.

“As the son of Indian immigrants, I am committed to doing all I can to make Illinois the most welcoming state,” said Villivalam (D-Chicago). “This council will uplift Indian voices and ensure all of the diverse communities that contribute to our state’s success have a seat at the table.”

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Senator Villivalam­CHICAGO – State Senator Ram Villivalam was appointed to the Blue Ribbon Commission on Transportation Infrastructure Funding and Policy Tuesday.

“I am proud to sit on this commission and am eager to begin working with industry experts, colleagues in the General Assembly and the governor’s office on finding innovative ways to continue to improve our infrastructure in a safe, accessible and affordable way.” said Villivalam (D-Chicago).

The Blue Ribbon Commission on Transportation Infrastructure Funding and Policy was established by legislation introduced by Senator Villivalam during the spring legislative session. Senate Bill 1233, which was signed into law in May, creates the commission to seek out alternative funding mechanisms for projects and operations. The commission is also tasked with researching current and future workforce needs, safety improvements, racial equity and how to expand multi-modal transportation networks.

Illinois has an extensive transportation network that ranks third in the nation for roadway miles and bridges. With over 127,000 miles of road, nearly 29,000 bridges and 17 major airports to maintain, funds from the gas tax are crucial to operating and maintaining our transportation system.

“As the use of electric vehicles increases, I am committed to working in a bipartisan way to implement a holistic approach to funding our transportation infrastructure,” said Villivalam.

The commission’s full report will be presented to the General Assembly for review by Jan. 31, 2023.

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Senator Villivalam­CHICAGO – With carjackings and shootings on the rise on Illinois’ expressways, State Senator Ram Villivalam supported two new laws to help law enforcement crack down on these crimes.

“Commuters deserve to know they are safe when they use any of Illinois’ 15,969 miles of highways,” said Villivalam (D-Chicago), chair of the Senate Transportation Committee. “Allowing law enforcement to coordinate and address these crimes is the first step to protecting drivers.”

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