“Parents shouldn’t have to make a choice between keeping their children and abandoning them to get them the mental health care they need.” - State Senator Julie Morrison

052114CM0012RSPRINGFIELD – A new law should help end a disturbing trend: parents turning their children over to the Department of Children and Family Services because it is the only way the kids can get the mental health care they need.

Parents who make this heart-wrenching choice have usually already exhausted every other option. Their private insurance refuses to pay any more, but they make too much money to qualify for Medicaid.

The new law will give exhausted parents the ability to get state assistance without giving up their children to the foster care system.

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040914 js 0201RSPRINGFIELD – Today, the governor signed a set of new laws sponsored by State Senator Julie Morrison’s (D-Deerfield) that will improve the transparency, accountability and effectiveness of the Department of Children and Family Services.

“DCFS is the last line of defense for abused and neglected children,” Morrison said. “We should be able to expect nothing but the best from this critically important agency.”

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032014 js 0050CLRSPRINGFIELD – A new law sponsored by State Senator Julie Morrison (D-Deerfield) will enable county boards to remove appointed officials who violate the public trust.

“Everyone who serves the public should be held to the highest ethical standards,” Morrison said. “It shouldn’t matter if you are elected, appointed or hired. If you violate the public trust, there should be a way to remove you from your position.”

Morrison introduced the law at the request of Lake County Board. It allows the boards of the collar counties to remove appointed officials with a two-thirds majority vote. To initiate the process, the county board or county executive must find that the appointed official violated the county’s code of conduct, and the county board must hold a hearing.

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RecyclingRToday the governor signed legislation, sponsored by State Senator Julie Morrison (D-Deerfield), that makes it much easier for everyone to recycle computers, cell phones and other electronic devices.

"This new law is a big step in the right direction for recycling efforts in Illinois," Morrison said. "Recycling is one of simplest and easiest ways that we can help improve our environment. We should always strive to make it easier for people to recycle."

The law requires the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency to publish the mailing addresses of sites devoted to collecting recyclable electronic devices, so that people will be able to conveniently find their nearest recycler.

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