Morrison: Provide the ability for local communities to ban assault weaponsHIGHLAND PARK – Gun safety advocates and local and state public officials joined State Senator Julie Morrison (D – Deerfield) this morning at a press conference in Highland Park in support of Senate Bill 2130, a proposal introduced by Morrison that would give Illinois municipalities the ability to ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.

“My plan would give control to local communities who don’t think assault weapons have any place in their neighborhoods,” Morrison said. “It is entirely permissive and puts the power in local hands. At a time of continued inaction in Washington and Springfield, we must give local communities who want to protect their neighborhoods the ability to do so.”

Current Illinois law prohibits municipalities from enacting assault weapon bans. The practice was legal until 2013, when the controversial law allowing Illinois residents to carry concealed weapons was passed.

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Road construction projects to continue under passed planSPRINGFIELD – More than $2 billion in ongoing construction projects will continue under a plan that passed the Senate today and co-sponsored by State Senator Julie Morrison (D – Deerfield).

“Today’s vote guarantees a number of vital construction projects across the state continue as planned,” Morrison said. “Locally, the reconstruction of Deerfield Road between Highland Park and Deerfield was facing the potential of ceasing construction as early as tomorrow, which would have caused increased traffic delays and the potential for safety concerns for motorists.”

Deerfield Road is currently in the middle of an $18.1 million resurfacing and reconstruction project between the Metra viaduct in Deerfield and U.S. Route 41 in Highland Park. While the 2.39-mile long reconstruction project is largely paid for with federal funds, the state was facing the prospect of not being able to legally appropriate federal funds due to the lack of a finalized budget plan for Fiscal Year 2017, which begins tomorrow.

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Morrison urges action on construction fundingSPRINGFIELD – More than $2 billion in construction projects in Illinois could grind to a halt if action isn’t taken in Springfield before Friday.

Locally, construction on the $18.1 million Deerfield Road Construction Project would cease unless legislation allowing the expenditure of funds is approved. 

“The recently announced stoppage of the Deerfield Road Reconstruction Project is just another example of why the state cannot effectively operate without a finalized budget plan in place,” State Senator Julie Morrison (D – Deerfield) said. “Walking away from a major construction project that isn’t completed would not only cause horrific traffic delays but could also be a serious public safety concern for motorists.”

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Commitment to children earns Morrison D.C. honorsState Senator Julie Morrison (D – Deerfield) was honored recently with the Bud Cramer Advocacy Award from the National Children’s Alliance, a national association for the nearly 800 Children’s Advocacy Centers across the United States that serve as a voice for abused children.

“I am humbled to receive an award from such a distinguished organization dedicated to protecting and advocating on behalf of abused children across the country,” Morrison said. “The work done at Children’s Advocacy Centers is vital for every child that has suffered the horrors of being abused.”

Children’s Advocacy Centers bring together law enforcement officers, child protection organizations, prosecutors, mental health professionals and medical and victim advocacy organizations to investigate child abuse, help children recover and hold offenders accountable.

Morrison was honored for her work to move “the field forward through vision, leadership and the ability to reach and motivate great numbers of people.”

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