In Orland, Quinn signs law for ‘green’ flood control
By Mike Nolan email@example.com August 13, 2013 7:08PM
Gov. Pat Quinn signs legislation Tuesday in Orland Park that will give municipalities greater flexibility in using alternative flood-control measures, such as porous pavement and man-made wetlands. | Mike Nolan~Sun-Times Media
Updated: September 15, 2013 6:24AM
Gov. Pat Quinn stopped by the Orland Park police station on Tuesday to sign legislation that will aid municipalities in achieving flood control.
Outside the station, Quinn signed a bill that gives towns greater ability to use green alternatives for flood control, such as porous pavement, man-made wetlands and green roofs that better absorb stormwater.
The law expands on municipal codes that require cities and villages to maintain storm sewers and other flood-control infrastructure.
Municipalities would be able to apply for funding for such projects through the state’s clean water initiative to deploy “very simple and less expensive” stormwater management techniques, Quinn said.
Quinn praised the village’s officials, including Mayor Dan McLaughlin, for their efforts in the areas of energy and water conservation, describing McLaughlin as a “green mayor if there ever was one.”
Quinn said the village has put in place “simple, straightforward things” that “we need to spread across our state.”
The Orland Park police station uses some of the stormwater management techniques that Quinn wants to promote, such as porous pavers in the parking lot that filter rainfall. It was the first police station in the nation to receive gold certification in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design from the U.S. Green Building Council.
At Lewis University in Romeoville, the governor signed a measure that requires creation of a statewide 911 directory so calls answered by one 911 system can be quickly and easily forwarded to another if needed.
Quinn’s office said the law will particularly help when a 911 call is placed on a mobile phone, noting that such calls are sometimes answered by an operator in a caller’s home area code rather than where the caller is at the time.
The legislation, which becomes law Jan. 1, was sponsored by state Rep. Natalie Manley (D-Joliet) and state Sen. Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood).
Also at Lewis, the governor signed a law that authorizes fees for court-appointed special advocates who help abused or neglected children navigate the legal system. Fees paid by those found guilty of certain crimes will be used to help pay for the advocates’ services.