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DES PLAINES – After receiving a strong positive response during the initial two-week application period for her small business tour series, State Senator Laura Murphy (D-Des Plaines) is extending the application deadline to give more local entrepreneurs the chance to share their stories and promote their work.

“I’m thrilled with the number of applications we received in just two weeks. I thought, why stop now?” Murphy said. “By extending the application period, we’re giving businesses more time to apply while we process the entries my office has received so far.”

Murphy hopes to visit a variety of businesses, including, but not limited to, retail shops, manufacturing businesses and businesses in the service industry – from salons to optometrists.

Business owners can submit their information at to be considered for a tour. Once an application is received, a member of Murphy’s team will reach out with additional details.

Murphy has extended the original July 30 deadline and is now accepting applications on a rolling basis. The first round of tours will begin in August.

Those with questions can contact Murphy’s office at 847-718-1110 or

Doctor checkupSPRINGFIELD – Doctors trying to restore their medical licenses will have a clearer understanding of the process under a new law sponsored by State Senator Laura Murphy (D-Des Plaines) requiring the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation to publish detailed instructions on its website.

“Physicians looking to begin practicing medicine again should be able to pursue license restoration without having to wade through complicated rules and requirements,” Murphy said. “This law doesn’t change the restoration process itself, but makes it more transparent.”

The law requires IDFPR to post on its website the process for requesting a hearing on disciplinary action and the process for restoring a medical license after successful completion of a term of probation, suspension or revocation.

Illinois physicians already possess these rights, but they must often wade through complicated legal codes for information about the necessary steps. As a result, requesting a hearing or license restoration can be confusing and frustrating.

“There’s no point in subjecting physicians to wrong turns and headaches to return to the field,” Murphy said. “This law ensures IDFPR spells out the specific steps and requirements a doctor must follow to restore their license in one easily accessible location.”

The law, originally Senate Bill 1790, takes effect Jan. 1, 2022.

College kid studyingSPRINGFIELD – College students and staff in Illinois will have easier access to support systems under a new law sponsored by State Senator Laura Murphy (D-Des Plaines) to create an online resource hub geared toward campus mental health.

“The past school year was full of unexpected stressors for students and professors alike,” Murphy said. “Under this law, the entire campus community can rely on readily accessible support to help them survive and thrive under pressure.”

The law requires the Department of Human Services to maintain a page on its website with mental health resources specifically tailored to post-secondary education institutions, their staff, students and families.

Currently, DHS provides digital brochures and links on its website of helpful tools for those who may be dealing with a mental health concern. However, the website does not contain provisions directly targeted to post-secondary education and its communities.

“Feelings of stress, anxiety and depression can be heightened in the high-intensity college environment, but there are resources available,” Murphy said. “No one should have to face those hardships alone.”

The law, originally Senate Bill 1786, takes effect immediately.

ParkSPRINGFIELD – Local park districts now have more time to complete projects funded through the Open Space Lands Acquisition and Development grant program, thanks to a law sponsored by State Senator Laura Murphy (D-Des Plaines).

“When it comes to infrastructure projects, planning is best left in the hands of local governments,” said Murphy. “Especially following the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s important that we allow park districts to set practical timelines for themselves.”

Previously, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, which administers the OSLAD grant program, provided an advance payment of 50% of the grant up front. State law requires grantees to complete projects within two years of receiving grant funds, meaning that park districts had just two years after this advance payment to complete projects.

This new law allows park districts to opt out of advance payments on OSLAD grants, delaying the start of the two-year grant timeline and giving them more authority over when to begin projects.

In addition to allowing park districts more freedom on future projects, Murphy’s initiative also provides more flexibility on active grant projects by directing IDNR to consider recipients’ requests to extend deadlines.

“The COVID-19 pandemic put a pause on a number of local development plans, but I’m excited to see our park districts take on more projects as they bounce back,” Murphy said. “This new law gives our communities the flexibility they need to grow at their own pace.”

The law, originally House Bill 1760, goes into effect immediately.

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Springfield, IL 62706
(217) 782-3875

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Des Plaines, Illinois 60018
 (847) 718-1110