SPRINGFIELD - State Senator Julie Morrison (D-Lake Forest) led a law signed Friday that includes community service as a possible punishment if a person speeds in a school zone or illegally passes a stopped school bus with its stop arm extended.

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“Children taking the bus to school should be worried about their schoolwork, not worried about reckless drivers,” Morrison said. “This measure will further deter folks from speeding or passing school buses and really reflect on how their actions could harm members of their community.”

Currently, people who speed in school zones or pass stopped school busses must pay fines ranging from $150 to $1,000, depending on the frequency of their violations. Under Morrison’s law, community service would be added to the penalties. Morrison believes this initiative will further deter people from violating these regulations.  

Morrison has long been advocate of transportation safety. She previously added community service as a possible punishment for violations of Scott’s Law, which requires that drivers reduce speeds and change lanes for emergency vehicles.

Senate Bill 3793 was signed Friday.  

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CHICAGO – Nearly 100 businesses in the district State Senator Julie Morrison represents were awarded nearly $4.3 million in funding from the Back to Business program thanks to her advocacy and support.

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“Small business owners in Lake and Cook County and throughout the state experienced unforeseen financial difficulties that will be challenging to bounce back from without help,” said Morrison (D-Lake Forest).

A total of $4.295 million was awarded to 90 businesses in the 29th District. The B2B grants are awarded by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity using funds allocated to them by the American Rescue Plan through last year’s state budget.

DCEO has provided $250 million in B2B grants – thanks to strong support from Morrison – to small businesses throughout the state, with an emphasis on hard hit sectors, such as hotels, restaurants, bars, barbershops and salons, and disproportionately impacted areas.

“Alleviating the financial burdens many small businesses face helps not only their companies, but also their employees and families,” Morrison said. “I am pleased we had the ability to provide this much-needed relief.”

With strong leadership from Morrison, the state has seen five Illinois’ General Obligation bond rating upgrades in the last year from all three of the nation’s primary credit rating agencies. The latest two-notch upgrade comes from Fitch Ratings, as a result of the state paying down its bill backlog from over $16 billion to less than $3 billion in a course of just a few years.

Due to fiscal responsibility, the state saw an increase in funds available to assist small businesses.

Morrison urges small businesses to visit the DCEO website for additional resources or contact DCEO’s First Stop Business Information Center Services at 800-252-2923 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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HIGHWOOD – Following the conclusion of the spring legislative session, State Senator Julie Morrison (D-Lake Forest) will join Representatives Bob Morgan (D-Deerfield) and Jonathan Carroll (D-Northbrook) for two separate district town halls in the coming weeks.

“I am looking forward to meeting with my fellow legislators and our neighbors for a conversation about the issues that are important to residents in our districts,” Morrison said. “From protecting the environment, to public safety, to our state budget, the General Assembly passed a number of bills this year to help our community thrive.” 

Senator Morrison and Representative Morgan will host a town hall Wednesday, May 11 from 7-8 p.m. at the Highland Park Police Facility located at 1677 Old Deerfield Rd., Highland Park

Senator Morrison and Representative Carroll will be at the Northbrook Public Library, located at 1201 Cedar Lane, Northbrook on Monday, May 16 from 7-8 p.m.

Residents are encouraged to attend Morrison’s town hall events to hear more about the spring legislative session and ask questions of the senator and representatives.

For more information, people can call Morrison’s office at 847-945-5200.

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SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Julie Morrison (D-Lake Forest) is working to ensure people store their guns in a safe and secure manner.

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“Recognizing that unsecured guns pose a public health risk is an important step in preventing accidental injuries and deaths,” Morrison said. “These programs will serve as a reminder of the lethal power of firearms and that proper storage can help prevent tragic accidents.”

Morrison passed a measure that would direct the Illinois Department of Public Health to develop a two-year, multi-phase statewide firearm storage and safety campaign that would include distribution of gun locks and safes, buyback programs in partnership with law enforcement and an evaluation piece to measure the impact of the program.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, an unsecured gun in the home can be extremely dangerous, especially for children. Every year, nearly 1,300 children die from accidental shootings and many more are seriously injured.

“This bill ensures that both children and families are more educated on gun safety,” Morrison said.

House Bill 4729 passed the Senate.   

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