HARRISBURG, IL – With the arrival of fall, State Sen. Dale Fowler (R-Harrisburg) continues to wrap up unfinished business from the interrupted summer months.

The month of September has been focused on constituent meetings and a series of stops around the 59th Senate District that allow the Senator to better know the parts of the 13 counties he represents.

On September 19, the Senator met with Congressman John Shimkus and FCC Chairman Ajit Pai to discuss the modernization of rural E-911 systems. The Chairman’s stop was one of a series across the nation and it focused on a tour of the Saline County 911 facility.

Later in the month, Senator Fowler returned to Alexander County with regional media to discuss the ongoing progress relating to the proposed Cairo Port Terminal. Several grant applications have been submitted to various federal agencies to help with the “soft costs” of the terminal such as permitting, engineering, and continued economic impact studies.

The Senator closed out his month by addressing the McLeansboro Elementary School 4th Grade class about the importance of being involved in government. Senator Fowler enjoys speaking to classes and is encouraging teachers to e-mail his office at to schedule a time to speak.

Old Shawneetown Bank Opening

As part of the Illinois Bicentennial process, the Gallatin County Historic Society is opening the Old Shawneetown Bank to visitors every Sunday in October from 1:00 4:00 p.m. The bank location is thought to be the second oldest bank facility in the state and it played a key role in financing projects throughout Territorial Illinois and the new State of Illinois in the early and mid-1800s.

The tours are free and limited refreshments are available.

Dale Fowler

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