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SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Doris Turner is urging agencies across the 48th District to apply for the Open Space Land Acquisition and Development grant program before the Aug. 31 deadline.

“Our parks and wildlife conservation projects are essential for residents to relax and enjoy the natural beauty of Central Illinois,” said Turner (D-Springfield). “We’ve seen remarkable enhancements through the OSLAD program that leave residents proud of all that their communities have to offer.”

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources will be accepting applications for Open Space Land Acquisition and Development, or OSLAD, grants through Aug. 31.

The program offers funding assistance to local governmental agencies for acquisition and/or development of land for public parks and outdoor recreation areas. A total of $56 million is available for this round of OSLAD grants. In addition, IDNR will once again provide funding to cover 100% of eligible projects located in economically distressed communities.

Applications are being accepted through Aug. 31 and should be submitted to IDNR. For more information on the OSLAD program, visit IDNR’s website.

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SPRINGFIELD – Motorcycles can now be equipped with forward facing turn signals and driving lights under a measure spearheaded by State Senator Doris Turner that was signed into law Friday. Senator Turner sr36

“Drivers need to be aware of what’s going on around them,” said Turner (D-Springfield). “Motorcyclists aren’t always easy to see on the road so we need to make sure they have all the tools they need to be safe and visible.”

The new law allows a motorcycle to be equipped with two forward facing electric turn signals that emit a white or amber light. Two driving lights can be added that display a steady white or amber light in addition to the already required headlamps. Lastly, the law allows a motorcycle to be equipped with red-light auxiliary lighting to use while braking.

Turner’s law seeks to provide clarity regarding new standard lighting on the front of motorcycles by increasing the visibility of a motorcycle and providing a clear indication of what the motorcycle is doing, similar to a vehicle.

“This is a win for all drivers,” said Turner. “Now, motorcyclists can have the lights and indicators they need to show others on the road where they are.”

Senate Bill 896 takes effect Jan. 1, 2024.

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SPRINGFIELD – School buses can now have two extended stop arms under a new law championed by State Senator Doris Turner.

“We have to make sure students are safe while riding school buses,” said Turner (D-Springfield). “Drivers aren’t taking school bus stop signs seriously. Giving school buses the ability to have an additional arm will protect our students and stop reckless drivers from putting kids in danger.”

Turner’s law allows a school bus to be equipped with a maximum of two stop arms that partially obstruct the roadway. The extensions are required to be on the driver's side of the school bus and contain a system of flashing red lights.  

The new law comes in response to school officials across Illinois having seen an increase of instances where people don’t properly stop for a school bus, putting the lives of kids at risk. According to a survey conducted by the National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services, 79,959 school bus drivers from around the country reported that 51,593 vehicles had illegally passed their buses on a single day during the 2021-2022 school year.

“Too often, the safety of our students is placed in jeopardy by hurried or distracted drivers,” said Tip Reedy, Superintendent of Williamsville School District. “While we can hire great bus drivers and teach children to look both ways, we can’t control the actions a motorist. We value and appreciate the efforts of Senator Turner and other lawmakers who are taking steps to prevent the occurrence of unsafe and illegal passing of stopped school buses before tragedy occurs.”

Senate Bill 2340 was signed into law Friday.

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Welcome to Illinois roadway sign.SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Doris Turner is excited to announce the launch of a new multi-year transportation program that will invest in roads and bridges, aviation, transit, freight and passenger rail, waterways, and bicycle and pedestrian accommodations in Sangamon County.

“The new multi-year program is the first of its kind in more than a decade,” said Turner (D-Springfield). “In addition to our bipartisan Rebuild Illinois program, this program will make major infrastructure improvements that will benefit the daily lives of constituents.”

The Illinois Department of Transportation plans to invest more than $40 billion in all modes of transportation over the next six years to fix and repair infrastructure across the state. The Fiscal Year 2024-29 Proposed Highway and Multimodal Improvement Program will allocate $27.03 billion for roads and bridges, with $4.6 billion identified for the current fiscal year. The remaining funds will go toward transit, freight and passenger rail, aviation, ports and waterways. Projects are spread out across state and local transportation systems, with major projects totaling $315.8 million in Sangamon County.

Projects across the 48th District include:

  • $125.9 million for additional lanes and reconstruction along seven miles of I-55, including ramp repair and other improvements;
  • $79.7 million for additional lanes and reconstruction along Illinois 97/125, including new construction, bridge replacement, intersection reconstruction, bridge removal, pedestrian overpass and other improvements;
  • $20 million for reconstruction, traffic signal replacement, ADA upgrades and other improvements on MacArthur Boulevard from Wabash/Stanford Avenue to South Grand Avenue in Springfield;
  • $21.6 million for resurfacing six miles, bridge deck overlay, bridge repairs and other improvements along I-55 from Illinois 104 to Horse Farm Road;
  • $68.6 million for 3.9 miles of reconstruction and additional lanes on I-55 Business routes and Sixth Street, intersection improvement, intersection reconstruction, turning lanes, sidewalks, traffic signal replacement, bikeway and utility adjustments from I-72 to north of Stanford Avenue in Springfield.

“Rebuild Illinois was a promise to all Illinoisans to enhance mobility, create economic opportunity, promote quality of life, and improve safety throughout Illinois,” said Turner. “Over the next six years, these projects will boost our local economy, create more jobs and ensure our roads are safe and reliable for generations to come.”

For more information about the multi-year program and a list of projects, visit IDOT’s website.


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