05012018CM0257 r A measure sponsored by State Senator Laura Murphy (D-Des Plaines) to support local products made in Illinois advanced out of the Senate today.

“Illinois businesses have produced many incredible products that should be promoted,” Murphy said. “We need to make sure Illinoisans know about the services and products available to them right in their backyards.”

House Bill 1023 extends the sunset of the Support Your Neighbor Commission within the Department of Central management until Jan. 31, 2019. This commission works to increase the sale of Illinois and American-made products.

The commission is composed of representatives from labor organizations, business groups and affected industries. It has 12 members and is housed within Central Management Services. Commissioners would do work pro bono.

House Bill 1023 now moves to the governor’s desk.

“I hope the governor will quickly sign this legislation so that the commission can get to work on promoting Illinois-made products,” Murphy said.

04232018CM0497 rIllinois Secretary of State Jesse White has announced more than $15 million in funding to libraries statewide through the Illinois Public Library Per Capita and Equalization Aid grants.

“This funding will help further educational programs and services that make our libraries a fixture within the community,” State Senator Laura Murphy (D-Des Plaines) said. “I am excited to see how our neighborhoods will benefit from this increased funding.”

Per Capita grants help fund library expenses such as materials, personnel, equipment, telecommunications and technology. Equalization Aid grants help qualifying public libraries with a low library tax base ensure a minimum level of funding for library services.

Libraries in Murphy’s district will receive more than $305,000 in funding under the Per Capita grant. The following libraries are receiving funds:

Library Name

City

Amount

Des Plaines Public Library

Des Plaines

$72,955.00

Elk Grove Village Public Library

Elk Grove Village

$27,630.00

Park Ridge Public Library

Park Ridge

$46,850.00

Schaumburg Township District Library

Schaumburg

$158,561.25

 

Applications for these grants are due Jan. 15. For more information, visit http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/library/grants/plpc_equalization.html.

Photo of BuddyMoved by the vicious dog attack of a 10-year-old Yorkie named Buddy, the Illinois Senate this week approved a plan to restrict the activities of dangerous dogs and their owners.

“I have worked for over a year to get justice for Buddy, a constituent’s pet who was killed by a neighbor’s dogs,” said State Senator Laura Murphy (D-Des Plaines). “The issue of dangerous dogs killing other dogs is all too common.”

Senate Bill 2386 creates a “reckless dog owner” definition. An individual would be defined as a reckless dog owner if their dog is deemed dangerous for killing another dog and is found running at large twice within 12 months of being deemed dangerous.

If a person is found to be a reckless dog owner, all dogs on their property would be forfeited to a licensed shelter, rescue or sanctuary, where efforts would be made to re-home the dogs if they are believed to be adoptable. Additionally, a reckless dog owner would be prohibited from owning dogs for up to three years if found guilty.

The legislation was prompted by the circumstances of Donna Dary of Hanover Park and her Yorkshire terrier, Buddy, who was killed by a neighbor’s dogs in 2017. The neighbor disregarded guidelines that the dogs needed to be muzzled while walking, and the dogs were found running at large within a week of killing Buddy.

Buddy had been with Dary since he was 2 months old.

“We, as dog owners, are morally obligated to protect, provide and train for our furry family member,” said Dary, who is a constituent of Murphy’s. “The Justice for Buddy Act is about awareness and consequences to reckless dog owners.”

A dog is deemed dangerous if it bites a person without justification or is found running at large and behaving in a manner that a person would believe poses a serious and unjustified imminent threat of serious physical injury or death to a person or a companion animal.

“Poor behavior in dogs is often a result of their training,” Murphy said. “Owners need to take responsibility for their dog’s actions, and we need to strengthen the system to prevent dangerous dogs from injuring other animals.”

05012018CM0129Permanently disabled veterans wouldn’t have to re-certify their disability each year to receive a property tax break under a measure sponsored by State Senator Laura Murphy (D-Des Plaines).


“Our veterans fought for our country and sacrificed their mobility. I don’t think they should also have to fight for a property tax exemption each year,” Murphy said.


Under Senate Bill 2431, permanently and totally disabled veterans would not need to reapply each year to receive the Disabled Veterans Standard Homestead Exemption. Under current law, veterans with a service-related disability of at least 70 percent are exempt from paying property taxes on their primary residence.


Senate Bill 2431 passed the Senate 51-0. It now moves to the House for further consideration.

 

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