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.


SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Laura Murphy, a Des Plaines Democrat, released the following statement in response to the governor’s budget address:

Senator Murphy listens to the governor's address.“The governor failed to deliver a balanced budget his first three years in office, the detrimental effects of which Illinoisans still feel today. Now he plans to push the burden of balancing his budget onto middle- and low-income taxpayers. His budget proposal shifts existing pension costs onto local school districts, which will significantly increase property taxes for homeowners. I do not believe that increasing property taxes to solve the budget crisis is the answer. We need a realistic plan that doesn’t balance the budget on the backs of the middle class.”


Murphy 2 011818Last week, State Senator Laura Murphy (D-Des Plaines) congratulated Superintendent David Schuler of Township High School District 214 for being named the 2018 Illinois Superintendent of the Year by the Illinois Association of School Administrators.  

The judges of the award consider four categories when selecting a winner: leadership for learning, professionalism, communication and community involvement.

Schuler has exemplified leadership by implementing a Career Pathways program and “Redefining Ready!” campaign within the district. These programs help students explore careers, internship opportunities, and gain college credit and industry certifications while pursuing their education. He also established an Educator Prep program to connect students who are interested in becoming teachers with resources.

District 214 is the second-largest high school district in the state. It educates more than 12,000 students through six high schools and four specialized learning programs. During his tenure, the six high schools within District 214 have been nationally ranked among the best in the country by U.S. News & World Report and The Washington Post.

“I firmly believe that education is the catalyst of opportunity for not only students, but also for their community,” Murphy said.

“Under Superintendent Schuler’s guidance, our students are better prepared for life after high school, whether that’s college, a trade or other post-secondary options. His work as a superintendent has enriched our community in ways that will last for years to come.”

Murphy thanked Schuler for his work to positively affect the lives of our students and lead our institutions of education to such levels of success. She presented him with a Senate certificate of recognition.

Senator Murphy in a committee hearingDES PLAINES – More senior citizens could save money on their property taxes under legislation filed by State Senator Laura Murphy (D-Des Plaines).

Murphy’s proposal raises the income limit to $75,000 for senior citizens to claim the assessment freeze homestead exemption on their property taxes. The cap currently is $65,000.

“I think the legislature should do more to help seniors stay in their homes and not be pushed out by rising home values and property taxes,” Murphy said. “That’s why I introduced a plan to raise the income cap for the senior freeze exemption.”

The senior citizens assessment freeze homestead exemption allows qualifying senior citizens to maintain the equalized assessed value of their home. This prevents increases in home valuations and property taxes.

Senate Bill 2305 has an immediate effective date upon approval by the legislature and governor.

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