Illinoiscapitol2SPRINGFIELD- State Senator Laura Murphy (D-Des Plaines) released the statement below following Governor Rauner’s 2017 State of the State Address.  

“It’s discouraging that once again, the governor failed to lay out a specific plan to solve our budget crisis weeks after state funding ended for higher education, services for the elderly, mental illness, those with disabilities and the most vulnerable.

“In the Senate, I look forward to continuing to lead the way toward a bipartisan budget compromise that closes corporate tax loopholes and freezes property taxes, while producing a bipartisan budget deal for the first time in over two years.”

 

051916CM1116SPRINGFIELD- State Senator Laura Murphy (D-Des Plaines) joined with her colleagues in the Senate to support a 10-year term limit for the President of the Senate and Senate Minority Leader. The term limits were put in place by a change to the Senate Rules.  

Murphy has been a leading advocate for term limits since she sponsored a Constitutional Amendment to enact them when she joined the Senate in 2015.

“Term limits for legislative leaders is the top concern I hear while talking to constituents in my community,” Murphy said.  “I have heard them and agree – leadership positions are not meant to be lifetime appointments.”

The term limits became effective following approval of the Senate Rules for the new General Assembly.

053016CM1136SPRINGFIELD- State Senator Laura Murphy (D-Des Plaines) voted today to override Gov. Bruce Rauner’s veto of Senate Bill 250. The proposal creates an automatic voter registration system, which would allow easier access to the democratic process and significantly cut administrative costs of registering voters.

“Encouraging more people to get involved in our democratic process – at a lower cost to taxpayers – can only be beneficial to our state,” Murphy said. “The governor’s veto of legislation that initially received overwhelming bipartisan support is pure gamesmanship.”

Under the initial proposal, Illinois citizens would be automatically registered to vote when they renew their driver’s license or state ID. They can still choose to opt out of registering to vote if they wish.

The legislation will also help clean up the voter rolls by increasing the number of cross-checks the State Board of Elections must conduct between the statewide voter database and the National Change of Address Database from two to six.  

The override passed the Senate with a vote of 38-18 and will now head to the Illinois House.

WolffSCHAUMBURG – When 91-year old Leroy Wolff received a letter in May stating nearly $40,000 in stock he owned had been transferred to Illinois’ unclaimed property division, he didn’t know where to turn.

“The letter stated the account had been determined to be inactive due to correspondence from the company being returned,” Wolff said. “It didn’t make any sense. I was reading a letter from the company saying correspondence had been returned. I was dumbfounded.”

Wolff, a native of Chicago’s Humboldt Park neighborhood who now resides in Friendship Village of Schaumburg, tried resolving the issue with the company, Duke Energy, to no avail. He discussed his predicament with State Senator Laura Murphy (D – Des Plaines) at an event held at Friendship Village a few weeks later.

“I consider myself lucky the senator was here talking with the seniors,” Wolff said.

Read more: How Senator Murphy helped suburban man reclaim $40,000 in lost stocks

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