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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

PROSPECT HEIGHTS – To help address the widespread blood shortage that continues during this time of abundant need, State Senator Julie Morrison and State Representative Jonathon Carroll will host a blood drive Sept. 15.

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“Blood donations have been critically low during a time when they are needed more than ever,” Morrison (D-Lake Forest) said. “If you are able, I encourage you to donate – it could save a life.”

The blood drive, in partnership with Versiti, will be held Sept. 15 from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m. at Prospect Heights fire protection building, located at 10 E. Camp McDonald Road. All successful blood donations will be tested for COVID-19 antibodies. Researchers said blood containing these antibodies can treat people with severe COVID-19 by boosting their ability to fight the virus.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates about 17.2 million units of blood are used in transfusions every year for accident victims, cancer patients, hemophiliacs, surgery patients and more. In March, the CDC issued a statement encouraging healthy people to donate blood at blood centers that adhere to public health and safety guidelines.

“Now more than ever we need to be good neighbors to each other,” Carroll (D-Northbrook) said. “This is an excellent opportunity for all of us to do our part and make sure we have a good supply of blood.”

To schedule a blood donation, people can visit bit.ly/blood-drive-9-15-20. Appointments are preferred, but walk-ins can be seen if slots are open.

To ensure the safety of all staff and donors, masks will be required. The group also encourages donors to eat a healthy meal and drink plenty of water before donating.

 

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DEERFIELD – After hearing concerns from older adults in her district that visiting a Secretary of State’s office isn’t safe due to health concerns surrounding COVID-19, State Senator Julie Morrison is pleased to learn people 75 and older will receive a one year expiration extension.

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“There are a number of heightened health risks in public for older adults, so it is imperative they don’t feel obligated to do something they aren’t comfortable with,” Morrison said. “To anyone over the age of 75: your driver’s license will not expire this year, so please take advantage of this change.”

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White announced Tuesday that expiration dates for valid driver’s licenses for those 75 years of age or older have been extended one year past the current 2020 expiration date. Any driver over the age of 75 with a 2020 driver’s license expiration date does not need to renew their driver’s license this year.

More than 147,000 drivers are over the age of 75 and with a license expiring in 2020. Each of those adult will receive a letter letting them know they qualify for the extension. The letter should be kept with the driver as further proof of the one-year extension. However, law enforcement agencies both state and nationwide have been notified of the extended expiration dates.

Additionally, Morrison would like to remind other drivers that expiration dates for driver’s licenses and license plate stickers have been extended until Nov. 1. Expired documents will remain valid until that day, so customers under the age of 75 also do not need to head to a Driver Services facility immediately. To renew license plate stickers and complete other services from the comfort of one’s home, people can visit cyberdriveillinois.com.

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DEERFIELD — In response to a recent U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study that found half of Illinois high school students reported using an electronic tobacco product last year, State Senator Julie Morrison (D-Lake Forest) released the following statement:

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“Vaping and e-cigarette-related deaths and illnesses have become a nationwide outbreak that no user is immune to — no matter how young they are.

“We were doing so well on changing the culture of smoking, and now we have gone backward — especially the younger generation.

“We need to treat e-cigarettes the same way we do regular cigarettes.

“While the implementation of Tobacco 21 was a major step forward in limiting the availability to tobacco products to children, there must be more education about the negative effects of e-cigarettes, so kids don’t seek to get these products in illegal ways.”

Morrison plans to introduce legislation to encourage more young people to stay away from smoking.

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SPRINGFIELD  Two youths, ages 15 and 17, were handcuffed and shackled at their feet while being driven from a youth shelter to another living arrangement, according to the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.

The teens were both restrained for nearly 30 miles in early October while being moved by a company hired by DCFS from Chicago to Palatine. The incident is now being investigated.

State Senator Julie Morrison (D-Deerfield) released the following statement:

“When we dishonor one person’s rights, we dishonor everyone’s rights,” Senator Morrison said. “DCFS’s failure to provide oversight and accountability on their contractors has caused another violation. This situation underscores my commitment to reform this troubled agency.”

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