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SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Doris Turner (D-Springfield) released the following statement in response to the governor’s budget address Wednesday:

“Parents throughout Springfield and Decatur want to see us do the right thing when it comes to the state budget. I believe education is the foundation on which we build community. We must continue our commitment to funding K-12 education, setting students on a path to be lifelong learners. Let’s not forget, adequately funding our education system has the added benefit of giving people a break on their property taxes.

“Agriculture drives our state’s economy, especially here in Central Illinois. I hope to see continued investments in the ag industry, prioritizing our farmers and producers.

“The proposed budget sets a framework for us to begin negotiations. The future of our state and local economy depends on us making responsible choices for the hardworking families across the state.”

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SPRINGFIELD – The Village of Southern View and Macon County Conservation District were awarded over $880,000 to help acquire land and develop recreational opportunities, thanks to strong support from State Senator Doris Turner.

“Investments into our local parks build up our community and neighborhoods, especially in disadvantaged areas,” said Turner (D-Springfield). “As a lifelong resident of Springfield, we are fortunate enough to have a variety of parks here and across the 48th District. I have seen the benefits residents get from our parks, and I look forward to seeing the projects through for all to enjoy.”

The Open Space Land Acquisition and Development grants, administered through the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, help communities fund land acquisition and development for parks and outdoor recreation projects. Since it was established, OSLAD has awarded nearly $585 million for park projects throughout Illinois.

Nearly $55 million in grants were awarded to 111 local parks across Illinois. The Village of Southern View will receive $280,700 and the Macon County Conservation District is set to receive $600,000 to acquire and develop land for public parks and open space.

“With this funding, we will be able to make much-needed updates to the playground equipment that has been falling apart for years,” said Village of Southern View President Mike Patsche. “Playgrounds are vital to building a sense of community, especially in smaller ones like ours. Thanks to Senator Turner’s efforts, the children in our area will be able to enjoy the park and just be kids.”

Visit the Illinois Department of Natural Resources website for more information on the OSLAD grants.


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SPRINGFIELD – Standing alongside families who have been impacted by Carlinville funeral home’s insufficient handling of human remains, State Senator Doris Turner outlined her plan to reestablish integrity and trust in the death care industry.

“The status quo isn’t working,” said Turner (D-Springfield). “These are people who deserve dignity and respect. This legislation will ensure that no family will have to worry that the death of their loved ones aren’t handled with dignity and respect.”

Senate Bill 2643 would require the death care industry in the state as well as state regulators to implement a mandatory unique identification tagging system for all human remains. It also would establish a chain of custody system that tracks the human remains of a deceased individual whose death occurred in the state from death to final disposition, if the final disposition is in Illinois.

Turner’s measure would put procedures and protocols in place that aim to prevent the misidentification and misplacement of dead bodies or human remains, and conduct that results in a method of final disposition that differs from what is stipulated by the deceased individual or the deceased’s next of kin.

“This proposed legislation will help assure families that their voices were heard, after being victimized by these egregious acts. The reestablishing integrity in death care act will hold individuals who are responsible for taking care of our loved and lost to a higher standard,” said Sangamon County Coroner Jim Allmon. “Mandating universal identification of the deceased and establishing a chain of custody will help give the families of the deceased reassurance that their loved ones will be handled appropriately and given the dignity they deserve.”

Senate Bill 2643 awaits a hearing from the Senate Executive Committee.

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Senator Turner

SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Doris Turner advanced a measure that would protect consumers by requiring notice for automatic renewals offered by businesses.

“Some businesses use deceptive tactics with automatic renewals, which can lead to unexpected charges for consumers,” said Turner (D-Springfield). “By providing sufficient notice of renewals, we are ensuring businesses are transparent and not taking advantage of us.”

Senate Bill 2764 would require businesses that offer a free gift or trial period of its products or services that automatically renew to notify the consumer by email at least two weeks before the cancellation deadline. The measure would apply to free gift or trial periods that last longer than 15 days.

Under current law, if the offer includes a free gift or trial period, the business must disclose how to cancel the contract and allow the consumer to cancel before they pay for the good or services, which may be accomplished by linking to a resource that provides instructions.

“With the rise in online shopping, streaming services and more, it’s time we put consumers first,” said Turner. “We are protecting consumers by streamlining the process and providing them with specifics on how to cancel before they are charged the next pay period.”

 Senate Bill 2764 passed the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday.

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