Senator Cappel committee

SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Meg Loughran Cappel has been appointed to chair the Senate Appropriations-Education Committee to ensure Illinois schools are adequately funded.

“As a special education teacher, I believe my work in the classroom has given me the perspective to understand what teachers need to do their job and succeed,” said Loughran Cappel (D-Shorewood). “I’ve been a devoted advocate for teachers for many years. I want to ensure that taxpayer dollars are used wisely when funding our schools for the benefit of our students and education professionals.”

Loughran Cappel entered the professional world as a special education teacher. In 2015, Loughran Cappel became a union representative for her school’s teacher’s union — AFT-IFT Local 604 – to support other educators and help them have meaningful careers. In 2017 she served on the Joliet High School Board, where she worked to improve school safety and technical problems within the district.

Loughran Cappel previously served as a member of the Senate Education Committee and will continue serving on that committee.

“My job as an elected official is to be straightforward and honest with constituents and residents across the state,” said Loughran Cappel. “With this new position, I will work to increase government transparency and accountability with the state’s fiscal responsibility to fund our schools. I look forward to working for our educators and believe that my career has given me the tools to be successful in this new role.”

To see a full list of Loughran Cappel’s committee assignments, click here.

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Cappel CoffeeConvo 1.31.23

BOLINGBROOK – Whether it’s questions about state resources or feedback on legislative priorities, State Senator Meg Loughran Cappel loves sitting down with local residents to reflect on how she can best serve the 49th District. During a Coffee and Conversation event on Jan. 31, Loughran Cappel invites the community to join her at the Fountaindale Public Library to chat.

“As a voice in Springfield, I take pride in meeting with people face-to-face and take in their concerns,” said Loughran Cappel (D-Shorewood). “The best way to connect with residents is through making myself accessible and I look forward to joining residents for a cup of coffee and conversations.”

The event will be held Tuesday, Jan. 31 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Fountaindale Public Library located at 300 W. Briarcliff Road in Bolingbrook.

Each monthly Coffee and Conversation serves as an open forum for community members to engage in informal conversations with the senator and each other about issues facing the region and the state.

The event is free and open to area residents. Those with questions or concerns are encouraged to contact Loughran Cappel’s Plainfield office at 815-267-6119 or visit her website at

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CREST HILL – State Senator Meg Loughran Cappel is reminding seniors and people with disabilities that their annual license plate renewal fee will be reduced by more than half under a law she championed that took effect Jan. 1. MLC Oldfloor

“Lowering license plate fees for our seniors and people with disabilities allows them to use their money on other essential things,” said Loughran Cappel (D-Shorewood). “I’m proud of the work we have done and I encourage those who qualify to take advantage of this new reduction.”

Loughran Cappel’s law reduces the vehicle registration fee for seniors, people with disabilities and their spouses from $24 to $10.

The Department on Aging’s Benefit Access Program determines eligibility for a license plate discount from the Secretary of State’s office and free transit on fixed route systems in Illinois. Residents must be at least 65 years old or 16 years old and disabled, as well as meet income requirements to qualify.

“I will continue being a voice for some of our most vulnerable populations,” Loughran Cappel said.

Public Act 102-0807 took effect Jan. 1.

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Senator Loughran Cappel

CREST HILL – To express love and lift the spirits of local seniors, State Senator Meg Loughran Cappel is collecting store bought or handmade cards to deliver to long-term care facility residents for Valentine’s Day.

“Let’s take some time to show our gratitude and appreciation for seniors in our community,” said Loughran Cappel (D-Shorewood). “A simple note or card can make someone’s day, especially on a day celebrating love.”

Loughran Cappel is collecting store bought and handmade cards for local seniors. People are encouraged to write kind notes and drop them off or mail them to her new district office, located at 20660 Caton Farm Rd. Crest Hill, IL 60403. She is collecting cards until Feb. 6 and then will deliver them to local long-term care facilities.

People with questions can reach out to Loughran Cappel’s office at 815-267-6119.

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Springfield Office
Wm. Stratton Building
Section C, Room M
Springfield, IL 62706
(217) 782-0052

District Office
20660 Caton Farm Rd. Unit D
Crest Hill, IL 60403
(815) 267-6119

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