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SPRINGFIELD- State Senator Doris Turner’s (D-Springfield) effort to make agricultural sciences courses count toward Illinois university admissions requirements passed the Senate unanimously last week.
“The goal here is to highlight the importance of agricultural studies,” said Turner. “Our current curricula did not reflect that by excluding it from courses that count toward the three required years of sciences, and may have deterred some students from pursuing those studies.”

Currently, the minimum requirements to gain admission to state universities include the completion of at least 15 units of high school coursework in the following subjects: English, Social studies, Mathematics, (Laboratory) Sciences and electives in either foreign language, music, vocational education, or art.

Additionally, some colleges may accept agricultural science under the auspices of a science course but not all are doing so. This legislation will add some conformity to the available options.

“We want to encourage students to feel confident and passionate about their career choices especially when choosing a field that has such a substantial and diverse impact,” said Turner.

The measure passed out of the Senate and is now in the House of Representatives for further consideration.

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SPRINGFIELD- State Senator Doris Turner (D-Springfield) passed her first piece of legislation out of the Illinois State Senate Thursday, April 22, in an effort to allow Capital Township residents the right to vote for their own officials.

“This legislation speaks solely to representation,” said Sen. Turner. “This bill addresses an electorate’s right to choose their own representatives. Under state law, the current Sangamon County Clerk and Treasurer are automatically officers of Capital Township, and that’s not fair. That is akin to the voters of Naperville voting for the officers of Cook County. This bill would allow that only the voters of Capital Township elect Capital Township officers.”

Currently, if a township is completely within a city of more than a population of 50,000 residents, then the County Clerk is the ex officio Township Assessor and Clerk and the County Treasurer is the ex officio Township Supervisor and Collector.

Advocates of the bill point out that of the 1,432 townships in the state of Illinois, Capital Township in Sangamon County is the only city where this rule applies. Senate Bill 826 would allow Capital Township voters to elect leaders.

The bill passed the Senate and moved to the Illinois House of Representatives for further consideration.

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SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Doris Turner (D- Springfield) celebrates the city of Carlinville for winning the Governor’s Hometown Award in the Make Carlinville Beautiful” (MCB) project.

“It is such an honor to represent the beautiful city of Carlinville,” said Turner. “As we celebrate Earth Day today, this award could not be more fitting. I am so proud of the residents and their dedication to improve the quality of life in the city.”
Since 1983, the Governor’s Hometown Awards program has honored people and projects that improve their communities’ quality of life.

This project began as a dedication memorial for a grieving family who lost their son and turned into a community effort with citizens from all walks of life.

So far 50 volunteers have planted 45 pollinator sites. Future plans also include a sculpture garden, plantings at the Carlinville Amtrak station, vegetable gardens to aid the local food pantry and schools and family garden spaces. The Standard Addition, on the north side of Carlinville, is the largest collection of Sears Roebuck homes in the country.

The city will receive a plaque and a road sign for the entrance to town designating Carlinville as a Governor’s Hometown Award winner.

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YLIA logoSPRINGFIELD – Today, State Senator Doris Turner (D- Springfield) congratulated Young Leaders in Action (YLIA), a Macon County youth service and leadership group, for winning the first Illinois Governor's Cup Award.

“This is a major win not only for the students involved in YLIA but for the entire community,” said Turner. “This award recognizes all of our students' hard work and dedication and I couldn’t be happier about the governor selecting them for this great achievement.”

The Governor’s Cup is the top honor given in a field of 24 community projects in the state. YLIA accepted the award from Gov. Pritzker in a virtual ceremony held Tuesday.

YLIA, an initiative of The Community Foundation of Macon County, aims to enhance its members' leadership, communication, social and analytical skills through service projects.

The organization's members include more than 100 sophomore, junior and senior high school students from each of the 11 Macon County high schools, along with homeschooled students.

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