murphyairportSPRINGFIELD – State Senator Laura Murphy (D-Des Plaines) toured O’Hare Airport to gather additional information about steps that could be taken to solve the noise pollution that has been troubling communities surrounding the airport.

Murphy said the meeting was productive and she gained valuable information about the airport and committed to working with the Federal Aviation Administration and city of Chicago to work toward solutions.

“This was the first step in finding relief for the families near the airport. I look forward to working with the FAA and the City to finally find a solution to the noise that has been disrupting everyday life for the residents in our communities,” Murphy said.

Area residents are encouraged to call Sen. Murphy’s newly created O’Hare Noise Complaint Hotline at (224) 585-9153 or click here  to file a complaint.

OHare International Airport USGSRDes Plaines – State Senator Laura Murphy (D-Des Plaines) announced today that in response to speaking with the residents of her district and listening to their complaints she will meet with Chicago Departmental of Aviation officials regarding airplane noise abatement and tour O’Hare International Airport.

“As a Des Plaines resident, I know firsthand that noise pollution from the O’Hare Airport disrupts daily life for many families in our area. I look forward to my discussions with the City of Chicago, and am committed to working with the City, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the airlines to provide relief to those citizens impacted by noise pollution,” Murphy said.

While talking with constituents, Murphy also discovered that an issue existed with filing noise complaints. Therefore, to aid in the collection of accurate and timely noise complaints, Murphy has launched her 28th District O’Hare Noise Complaint Hotline and Complaint Form. The hotline can be reached at (224) 585-9153, while the complaint form is available to the public at www.SenatorLauraMurphy.com.

“I strongly encourage all residents impacted by noise pollution to contact the hotline and complaint form. The best way to affect change is to present the City of Chicago, FAA and airlines with accurate, detailed records demonstrating the number of noise pollution complaints,” said Murphy.

Data collected through the hotline and complaint form will be presented at future meetings with City and FAA officials. 

murphy2309SPRINGFIELD- State Sen. Laura Murphy (D-Des Plaines) issued the statement below following a bipartisan vote in the Illinois House to release nearly $3.1 billion in critical funds that have been held up due to the ongoing state budget impasse.

“It is past time to release these funds to local communities to prevent the impending layoffs and property tax increases many were being forced to consider. It is unacceptable and immoral that so-called Illinois leaders have taken this long to approve funding that taxpayers have already paid.

“I am encouraged that finally, after months of waiting, the budget is beginning to take shape. While I look forward to supporting this proposal next week to give Illinois communities the stability they desperately need, this is only the first step. We must continue to work together in a bipartisan fashion to protect funding for MAP grants for college students and other services essential to Illinois families,” Murphy said.

Murphy is a Chief Co-Sponsor of the proposal, SB 2039. It must first pass the Senate next week before it is sent to the governor. The legislation also includes:

•    $1 billion to the Lottery for prizes.
•    $582.5 million to IDOT for local governments share of motor fuel gas tax revenues.
•    $43 million to the Community College Board for career and technical education activities.
•    $45 million to the Dept of Revenue so local governments can receive their share of video gaming proceeds.
•    $3.1 million to the Illinois Math and Science Academy to allow them to access their income funds and pay operating costs.
•    $31 million to IDOT to purchase road salt.
•    $2.5 million for breast cancer services and research.
•    $28 million for nursing home licensing and inspections.
•    $165 million for home heating bill assistance.
•    $77 million for 911-related costs.
•    $3.1 million to the Illinois Department of Public Health for the Tobacco Quitline.

The Illinois Senate is scheduled to convene Monday, Dec. 7 for a planned vote on the authorization.

l murphySPRINGFIELD- It has been nearly six months since the four legislative leaders met with the governor to discuss a budget. That all changed today, however, when the Senate President, Speaker of the House and Republican leaders in both chambers met with the governor to discuss the ongoing budget impasse.

The meeting was spurred in part by legislation co-sponsored by State Sen. Laura Murphy (D-Des Plaines) to require the governor and legislative leaders to meet weekly until a budget is agreed upon.

“The state of Illinois has been without a budget for over five months now. This meeting, while a good starting point, is far overdue. It is time to stop playing politics with Illinois communities and get to work to prevent even further damage,” Murphy said.

“Without a budget, local governments are being forced to choose between raising property taxes and laying off first responders. College students that would normally return to school in the spring will be forced to decide if they can still afford to attend without MAP grant funding. Refusing to work toward a compromise has a real and lasting impact on our families and communities.”

The meeting consisted of both public comments and a private meeting. While the budget was not resolved during the public portion, the legislative leaders did commit to further negotiations following the private meeting.

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