Senator Murphy on the Senate floorSPRINGFIELD — State Senator Laura Murphy (D-Des Plaines) issued the following statement on the Senate’s passage of the Equal Rights Amendment:

“I am proud to co-sponsor this legislation and support equal rights for women. It is astonishing that in 2018 women are not expressly guaranteed equal rights at the federal level. Ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution would ensure men and women have equal protection under the law. ”

Illinois Lottery winners could choose to remain anonymous under a privacy protection measure filed by State Senator Laura Murphy (D-Des Plaines).Senator Murphy on the Senate floor

“Fortune and fame don’t always go hand in hand. We know of instances around the country of lottery winners being attacked, killed or financially exploited because their identities were publicized,” Murphy said.

“If winners want to be identified, that’s one thing. But the government should not require people to expose themselves to great personal risk simply because they were lucky enough to hit the jackpot one day.”

Under Murphy’s proposal, winners of more than $250,000 can submit a written request that their identity be kept confidential. Similar legislation to Senate Bill 211 has been filed in Georgia.

State Senator Laura Murphy voted for community and school safety in a suite of gun violence prevention measures that went before the Senate this week.Senator Murphy on the Senate floor

“We cannot control gun laws in Indiana or Wisconsin. We can control what we do in Illinois to prevent guns from falling into the hands of criminals and limit access to assault weapons,” said Murphy, a Democrat from Des Plaines, who contrasted her votes with Gov. Bruce Rauner’s veto Tuesday of a bipartisan gun dealer licensing bill.

“Unfortunately, the governor chose to ignore the voices of thousands of Illinoisans and listened to the gun lobby rather than allay the fears of parents who simply want their children to be safe. No parent should bury their child because they sent them to school.”

Murphy voted to prohibit the sale of assault weapons to individuals under 21. She also supported and co-sponsored House Bill 1467 to ban bump stocks and trigger cranks. Lastly, she supported legislation to lengthen the waiting period for assault weapons to 72 hours from 24 hours. This mirrors the existing waiting period for handguns.

“As students were walking out of school across the country in protest of gun violence, the Illinois Senate passed legislation to make our communities and classrooms safer,” Murphy said. “I am proud to stand united with students and do my part to support stricter gun legislation.”

Rex Parker, a former Park Ridge alderman and artist, joins State Senator Laura Murphy (D-Des Plaines) in celebrating the 115th anniversary of the Village Press.State Senator Laura Murphy, a Des Plaines Democrat, joined Rex Parker in celebrating the 115th anniversary of the Village Press.

“It is always a pleasure to celebrate our community’s successes and rich history,” Murphy said. “Though the Village Press called Park Ridge home for only a short time, it went on to win acclaim at the 1904 World Exhibition. The memory of the Village Press lives on through its publications and the type designs of its founder, Frederic Goudy.”

The Village Press was established in Park Ridge in 1903 by Frederic W. Goudy and was modeled on the ideals of William Morris and the Arts and Crafts movement. The McLean County Museum, located in Goudy’s hometown of Bloomington, will honor Goudy’s work and the 115th anniversary of the Village Press with an exhibit titled “Frederic Goudy: Titan of Type” this fall including a series of 35 posters designed by Park Ridge artist Rex Parker to honor Goudy’s achievements.

In the photo to the right, Rex Parker, a former Park Ridge alderman and artist, joins State Senator  Laura Murphy (D-Des Plaines) in celebrating the 115th anniversary of the Village Press.


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