SB3SPRINGFIELD – Two proposals championed by State Senator Julie Morrison (D – Deerfield) that would eliminate restrictions on township consolidation efforts were signed into law today by the governor.

“Illinois has the unfortunate distinction of having the most units of local government of any state in the country,” Morrison said. “With the signing of these new laws, we are acknowledging that local government best operates when given the flexibility to increase efficiencies to taxpayers.”

Both new laws, contained in Senate Bill 3 and House Bill 607, seek to ensure local government consolidation efforts are not stymied by outdated state restrictions.

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Senate FloorSPRINGFIELD – State Senator Julie Morrison (D – Deerfield) released the following statement this afternoon after voting in support of an override of Governor Rauner’s veto of historic school funding reform contained in Senate Bill 1:

“Senate Bill 1, a historic school funding reform plan that guarantees no school district loses funding, is supported by educators, superintendents and a host of education advocacy groups. For decades, Illinois’ system of school funding shortchanged children living in low-income communities while squeezing homeowners with ever-increasing property taxes.

“I am proud to support this fair and equitable plan that ensures every student has the resources they need to succeed.”

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DSC 1252RWith continued high-profile failures at the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), State Senator Julie Morrison (D – Deerfield) is continuing her efforts to reform the troubled agency that is tasked with protecting neglected and abused Illinois children.

“When our system fails a child, it is a reflection on all of us,” Morrison said. “Simply blaming DCFS for their failures will not enact the change this agency so desperately needs. We will use what we learn to make sure we have not just policies but practices that ensure DCFS will protect children in Illinois.”

Morrison held a hearing recently that focused on 17-month-old Semaj Crosby, who was found dead in late April in her Joliet-area home. The death of Semaj uncovered a host of failures and questionable practices at DCFS, including reports of an incentive program for case workers who closed the most cases in a month.

Acting Director Beverly Walker, as well as a host of high-level DCFS staff, testified at the hearing regarding the Semaj Crosby investigation and corresponding 22-page report released by the agency after Semaj’s death.

“We need change, and I’m calling for immediate reforms for the frontline workers who interact with and investigate these at-risk children. And I also am urging all my colleagues in the General Assembly to join in the work of reforming this agency,” Morrison said. “We need monumental change. That means we must work together.”

Morrison, who is chairwoman of the Senate Human Services Committee, has been working since first being elected on a number of initiatives that would help turn around the troubled agency. She has worked to decrease temporary placements, address abuse and assaults at residential treatment centers, and increase the role of the court system in keeping children safe.

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wheeling townhallJoin State Senators Julie Morrison and Terry Link for a Legislative Update Town Hall, taking place on Thursday, August 3 at 7 p.m. at the Indian Trails Public Library.

Please contact Senator Morrison's office in Deerfield at (847) 945-5200. 

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