DECATUR – State Senator Doris Turner announced the Decatur Park District is receiving a $200,000 grant from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources to resurface former golf cart paths at Scovill Park West. 

“It’s great to see Scovill Golf Course getting the opportunity to be fully utilized after its closure in 2017,” said Turner (D-Springfield). “This project will add to the list of amazing recreational opportunities the Decatur Park District provides for residents.”

The recreational trail grant will be used to resurface 1.6 miles of former golf cart paths at Scovill Park West on the west side of Decatur. Scovill Park West covers over 150 acres of land and over 3 miles of walking and biking trails.

“The extensive Steven’s Creek bike trail network is utilized by thousands of residents each week and rehabilitating the trails out at Scovill Park West will provide even more recreational opportunities for our community,” said Decatur Park District Executive Director Clay Gerhard.  “This resurfacing project prepares us to connect the trails at Scovill Park West to the existing twelve-mile-long Steven’s Creek Bike Trail network in the coming years.”

More than $3.7 million has been awarded for recreational trail development projects in 19 Illinois communities to help them meet the growing demand for improved trails and outdoor recreation facilities. The 19 projects were recommended for funding by the Illinois Greenways and Trails Council, which is overseen by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and is made up of representatives of statewide motorized and non-motorized user organizations, state agencies, organizations involved in greenways and trails, and metro-area greenways and trails coalitions.

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Senator Doris Turner

SPRINGFIELD – To ensure farmers have insurance in the event of a natural disaster or other costly incident, State Senator Doris Turner supported a new law that will strengthen regulations for farm mutual insurance companies.

“As chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee, I’m committed to protecting all Illinois farmers,” said Turner (D-Springfield). “Farmers are the driving force of our state, putting food on our tables and boosting the local economies. We have to ensure they have adequate coverage.”

Farm mutual insurance companies offer a type of mutual insurance to farmers or rural property owners. Prior to this new law, the Illinois Department of Insurance required unlimited catastrophic aggregate reinsurance coverage. Currently, only one company will be offering contracts that meet the DOI’s requirements, and as a result, many farm mutual insurance companies will struggle to find reinsurance coverage.

Senate Bill 765 requires farm mutual insurance companies to have and maintain adequate — rather than unlimited — catastrophic reinsurance, which is defined as the amount required for a 500-year catastrophic event. The Turner-backed law ensures broader access to reinsurance products, preventing more than 51,000 policy holders from becoming uninsured at the end of the year.

“I will always be an advocate and voice for our farmers,” said Turner. “This is a crucial step needed to ensure our farmers’ property is protected.”

Senate Bill 765 was signed into law Friday and took effect immediately.

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Turner HolidayCardsforSeniors 2023 FB

SPRINGFIELD – To spread holiday cheer, State Senator Doris Turner is hosting a holiday card drive for seniors across her district.

“We often lose track of what’s most important this season – and that’s spreading joy,” said Turner (D-Springfield). “Everyone enjoys a small, yet meaningful, act of kindness during the holidays.”

Turner is collecting store bought and handmade cards for local seniors this holiday season. People are encouraged to write kind notes and drop them off or mail them to her Springfield office, 725 North Grand Ave. E., Springfield, Illinois 62702; or Decatur office, 1210 S. Jasper St., Decatur, Illinois 62321. She is collecting cards until Dec. 15 and then will deliver them to local long-term care facilities.

Turner encourages teachers and students to participate in the seasonal event.

“Students enjoy doing arts and crafts, and this can be a valuable learning experience that extends beyond the classroom,” Turner said. “The holiday season is about making a difference in people’s lives, even if you don’t know them personally. I hope teachers and residents will take advantage of this opportunity.”

People with questions can reach out to Turner’s office at 217-782-0228.

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Turner ThanksgivingGiveaway 11.17.23

SPRINGFIELD – To give back to the community, State Senator Doris Turner is partnering with Meridian and HealthChoice Illinois to host a turkey and ham giveaway on Friday, Nov. 17 in Springfield.

“As a state senator and resident of Springfield, it’s important to me to continue giving back to our community during the holidays,” said Turner (D-Springfield). “I’m excited to join health organizations to provide a meal and resources for residents to enjoy ahead of the holiday season and take advantage of.”

Turner will be giving away turkey and ham at the Grace United Methodist Church located at 1612 E. Capitol Ave. in Springfield on Nov. 17 from noon to 2 p.m. or while supplies last.

Residents with questions can call Turner’s Springfield office at 217-782-0228.

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Office Info

Capitol Office:
108D Capitol Building
Springfield, IL 62706
(217) 782-0228

Decatur Office:
1210 S. Jasper St.
Decatur, IL 62321
(217) 706-5311

Springfield Office:
725 North Grand Ave. E.
Springfield, IL 62702
(217) 670-1828

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