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Welcome to my legislative website! I am proud to serve as the State Senator from Illinois' 29th District, representing portions of the North Suburbs of Chicago in Lake and Cook Counties.

It is truly my honor to represent you in Springfield. Please do not hesitate to contact my office with questions or ways I can better serve you.

Sincerely,

Julie Morrison

HIGHWOOD – State Senator Julie Morrison (D-Lake Forest) is encouraging incoming college students to take advantage of Common App – a simplified way to apply to multiple Illinois colleges and universities at once.

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“Applying to college is a tedious and stressful process that can take hours and cost hundreds,” Morrison said. “Common App makes the process easier by creating a one-stop shop for incoming students to send applications to multiple colleges at once.”

Incoming students applying to college will now be able to submit applications to any of Illinois’ 12 public universities and dozens of private institutions using just one form on commonapp.org. Once a student makes a Common App account, they will be asked to confirm which schools they’d like to apply to and review the admission requirements for those schools. They’ll then submit their application on the website, where they’ll be able to track its status.

Low-income students and their families can apply for a waiver to help cover the application cost. Over the last two years, more than 470,000 students using Common App across the country were granted a fee waiver.

“By making the college application process more efficient and cost effective, we are breaking down barriers to access to higher education,” Morrison said. “Getting your application to multiple admissions’ offices in one fell swoop is a great opportunity – one I know my kids wish they would’ve had when applying to college.”

The expansion of Common App comes thanks to $1 million set aside in partnership with the governor’s office, Illinois Board of Higher Education and the Illinois General Assembly.

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SPRINGFIELD – Calling on the Department of Children and Family Services to better support and protect its LGBTQ youth in care, State Senator Julie Morrison (D-Lake Forest) held a subject matter hearing Tuesday to address the agency’s shortcomings.102621HAO00023

“There are estimates that 30% of our youth in care at DCFS identify as LGBTQ, yet there seems to be a discrepancy between that number and the numbers DCFS provided,” Morrison said. “We must ensure LGBTQ youth in care are getting the proper support they need to have successful futures.” 

The hearing comes following recent findings that DCFS was not respecting the needs of LGBTQ youth in care. An investigation by the auditor general looked into how many LGBTQ children were under the care of DCFS and the number of providers deemed “clinically appropriate” for the kids. The audit – which was spearheaded by a resolution previously passed by Morrison – found the agency "does not collect sufficient information regarding whether those in care are LGBTQ."

While the agency later announced it’s enhancing its LGBTQ training and resources, Senator Morrison urged DCFS to implement an overall change in training and policies.

“We cannot assume that every home is affirming to LGBTQ youth and that they will provide the behavioral and emotional support the children need,” Morrison said. “Change must be made so all children are placed in supportive, caring homes.”

Morrison said she hopes Tuesday’s hearing will open the doors for LGBTQ youth in care to have the same opportunities as other children. She believes this starts with a clinically appropriate screening process to understand each child’s individual needs.

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SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Julie Morrison (D-Lake Forest) will lead a hearing Tuesday to further dive into a recent audit that found the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services was not respecting the needs of LGBTQ youth in care.

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“LGBTQ youth in care are disproportionately likely to become homeless and deal with mental health struggles,” Morrison said. “We must ensure all children are placed in understanding environments that accept them and support their authentic selves.”

The hearing comes after a recent investigation by the auditor general that looked into how many LGBTQ children were under the care of DCFS and the number of providers deemed “clinically appropriate” for the kids. The audit found the agency "does not collect sufficient information regarding whether those in care are LGBTQ."

While the agency later announced it’s enhancing its LGBTQ training and resources, Senator Morrison – who previously passed a resolution calling for the audit – is urging DCFS to implement an overall change in training and policies.

WHO: Health Committee Chair Julie Morrison, Health Committee members, DCFS representatives

WHAT: Senate Health Committee Subject Matter Hearing on DCFS LGBTQ Audit Findings

WHEN: Tuesday, Oct. 26 at 2:30 p.m.

WHERE: Virtual Room 2 at ilga.gov/senateaudvid.asp

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HIGHWOOD – State Senator Julie Morrison (D-Lake Forest) will host a holiday donation drive to keep children in foster care warm and comforted this winter.

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“In the spirit of giving this holiday season, I’m pleased to partner with so many community organizations to collect new pajamas for children in need,” Morrison said. “Warm pajamas are a basic human need, yet far too many children are left without each winter.”

In Illinois alone, more than 21,000 youth are in foster care and many are removed from their homes with only the clothes they were wearing at the time.

To help children in foster care, Morrison is hosting a holiday donation drive from Oct. 15 through Nov. 15.

She is collecting new pajamas, socks, hats and mittens of all sizes, from infant to adult. The donations will be distributed to foster children in the area.

Partnering locations include:

  • Deerfield Public Library:920 Waukegan Rd., Deerfield
  • Des Plaines Public Library:1501 Ellinwood St., Des Plaines
  • Highland/Highwood Rotary Club:First Bank of Highland Park, 1835 First St., Highland Park & Highland Park Bank & Trust, 1949 St. Johns Ave., Highland Park
  • Highwood Public Library: 102 Highwood Ave., Highwood
  • Interact Club at Highland Park High School:433 Vine Ave., Highland Park
  • Glenview Community Church, Chapter 9: 1000 Elm St., Glenview
  • Lake Forest Library:360 E. Deerpath Rd., Lake Forest
  • Mount Prospect Library:10 S. Emerson St., Mt. Prospect
  • Northbrook Public Library:1201 Cedar Ln., Northbrook
  • Resigning Women:4515 North Seminole Dr., Glenview
  • Rotaract Club of National Louis University: 1000 Capitol Dr., Wheeling
  • Senator Morrison’s district office:43 Highwood Ave., Highwood
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