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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

DEERFIELD — More scams are popping up as a result of the novel coronavirus outbreak, and State Senator Julie Morrison (D-Lake Forest) urges people to be careful when responding to requests for money or personal information.
 
“It’s disheartening people are being taken advantage of during such a vulnerable time,” Morrison said.“It’s important to be vigilant and cautious if someone reaches out to you for money or personal information. Don’t hesitate to question the person calling and seek advice from the attorney general’s office before providing information.”
 
Attorney General Kwame Raoul said attorneys general from across the nation have seen a rise in reports of people posing as charitable organizations or public health agencies. Those scams, according to Raoul, include cyber scams, telephone and text messaging scams, counterfeit product offers, bogus door-to-door offers of tests and products related to the coronavirus and solicitations for donations to phony charities.
Some of the most common scams seen by Raoul include:
  • Emails claiming to be from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, World Health Organization, and other health care organizations, offering to share information about the virus,
  • Emails asking for the verification of personal data, including Medicare or Medicaid information, in exchange for receiving economic stimulus funds or other benefits from the government,
  • Email phishing scams, text messages from unknown sources which may include hyperlinks to what appear to be automated pandemic updates, or interactive infection maps,
  • COVID-19 vaccinations and home test kits that are made online, in stores, through electronic messages or over the phone.
For more information or to report scams connected to COVID-19, please visit the attorney general’s website found here.
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SPRINGFIELD — While people are staying home to keep safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, there’s a population —survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence — who are living in more vulnerable situations. 

State Senator Julie Morrison (D-Lake Forest) applauds Gov. JB Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Human Services for expanding services for domestic violence and sexual assault survivors.

“Domestic violence and sexual assault survivors are living in constant fear,” Morrison said. “Right now, they have nowhere to go and no one to watch out for them. I can’t imagine how scared some of these people are in an already worrisome time.”

IDHS announced Thursday the launch of a $1.2 million plan to increase the capacity of its current statewide network of services for domestic violence and sexual assault survivors during the current COVID-19 outbreak.

The plan expands the domestic violence helpline by creating a one-stop access point for all shelter needs. Survivors can call the helpline at 1-877-863-6338 to be connected to a shelter that can provide assistance.

The agency is also working with the Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence to establish an emergency fund to support local providers with assistance needs related to COVID-19.

 

Additionally, domestic violence prevention and intervention providers will receive a three-month advance of their current grant to support continuations of services and respond to the needs of domestic violence survivors.

IDHS will also provide the Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault with a grant advance to enhance the capacity of local rape crisis centers statewide to aid sexual assault survivors. The agency will similarly advance grant funds to Partner Abuse Intervention Program grantees for programs costs related to COVID-19.​

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During this trying time, I encourage people willing and able to donate to local food pantries.
 
People throughout the state have lost work due to the coronavirus outbreak, either temporarily or permanently. Their feet were pulled out from underneath them, and now they don’t know how they’re going to feed their families.
 
I ask people who have the means to donate to local food pantries in the northern suburbs.
The following food pantries are currently accepting donations:
  • The Shields Pantry, 906 Muir Avenue, Lake Bluff: Donations may be made by calling 847-234-0802.
  • Northfield Township Food Pantry, 2550 Waukegan Road, Suite 100, Glenview: The pantry is asking for financial donations that will be used to provide additional resources and food to its clients. Please visit spatpta.memberhub.store/shopping/items/112947 to donate or mail a check to the above address.
  • Wheeling Township Food Pantry, 616 N. Arlington Heights Road, Arlington Heights: The most needed items at the moment are beverages, jelly, peanut butter, vegetables and white rice. Please call 847-259-7730 to arrange a drop off.
  • Moraine Township Food Pantry, 800 Central Avenue, Highland Park: Drop offs are accepted. Please leave groceries on the table outside. The most needed include oatmeal, canned fruit, cereal, mac & cheese and tuna. The pantry is also accepting direct donations to keep it stocked. Donations can be made by visiting www.morainetownship.org/super/pantry.html.
  • West Deerfield Township Food Pantry: 601 Deerfield Road, Deerfield: The pantry is in need of non-perishable food items and personal hygiene items. It is closed to the public; however, donors may put their donations in a cart found outside the door.
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Over the past few days, Governor JB Pritzker has been offering daily updates and guidelines on some of the measures recommended to ensure minimal spreading of the coronavirus.

 

While the coronavirus is changing how we go about our daily lives, it’s important to remain calm and to take proper precautions. Right now, the best possible thing you can do to help is to stay home unless it’s absolutely necessary to venture out.  Regardless of your health or age, it is vital that we take this recommendation seriously, as preventing further spread of the disease is the key to keeping you, your family, and our community healthy.

 

On Monday, Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White announced the closure of all secretary of state and driver services facilities until March 31, 2020 due to coronavirus and the need to social distance.

 

However, there’s no need to worry if you need to update your license or registration. Expiration dates for driver’s licenses, identification cards, vehicle registrations and other transactions will be extended by 30 days through an emergency rule.

 

 

 

Additionally, Gov. JB Pritzker announced over the weekend the closure of all bars and dine-in restaurants for two weeks. I am aware the affect this could potentially have on those in the service industry.

 

Workers who are unemployed due to coronavirus or do not have access to paid sick leave will be able to apply for economic assistance through the Illinois Department of Employment Security. More information can be found by calling 1-800-244-5631.

 

 

For businesses affected, the Small Business Administration is providing disaster assistance loans for small businesses impacted by COVID-19. Please visit www.sba.gov/coronavirus for more information.

 

In order to apply for an emergency injury disaster declaration from the Small Business Administration, Illinois needs data from businesses across the state. If your business has been affected by COVID-19, please complete this online survey.

 

Our state’s governmental and economic leaders are stepping up to do their part in helping our people during this immensely difficult time. They know as well as I do that now, more than ever, it’s vital that we watch out for one another.

 

If you have any questions, please contact my district office at 847-945-5200. The office is closed, but we will continue to access voicemails and emails.

 

Continue to check my Facebook page and the Illinois Department of Public Health’s website for daily updates. 

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