Sen. Turner Job Fair

DECATUR – State Senator Doris Turner and the Illinois Department of Central Management Services are partnering to host a statewide career fair in honor of Women’s History Month on March 8 in Decatur.

“There are hundreds of jobs available across the state that many people aren’t aware of,” said Turner (D-Springfield). “The state offers great benefits and I encourage those who are interested in a new job or ready to start their career to attend the job fair.”

The free event will be held on Wednesday, March 8 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Decatur Public Library in Madden Auditorium located at 130 N. Franklin St. in Decatur. Turner is partnering with CMS in honor of Women’s History Month which is celebrated in March.

CMS is the operational engine working behind the scenes to support the more than 80 state agencies, boards and commissions to deliver efficient, reliable services to all Illinois residents.

“Historically, women were discouraged from entering the workplace – let alone taking on leadership positions,” Turner said. “This Women’s History Month, we are uplifting and empowering women to remind them that they have a right to be in the workplace and no one should tell them otherwise.”

To find career opportunities with the state of Illinois, visit

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Senator Turner

SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Doris Turner joined state and local leaders at a press conference Wednesday to announce investments totaling $900,000 for the Springfield Park District and Macon County Conservation District.

“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. The funding will cover the entire cost of projects located in economically distressed communities, including Gietl Park.

Nearly $60 million in grants were awarded to 118 local parks across Illinois – the largest round of grants in the 36-year history of the program. The Springfield Park District will receive $600,000 for a project at Gietl Park that includes demolishing an existing outdoor pool and bathhouse, and construction of a large, modern splash pad designed for multiple age groups. The Macon County Conservation District is set to receive $300,000 to acquire and develop land for public parks and open space.

“Improving Gietl Park is one of my top priorities,” said Leslie Sgro, president of the Springfield Park District Board. “Thanks to Governor Pritzker and the OSLAD grant, the Springfield Park District will be able to renovate a beloved neighborhood park in a distressed part of our community with exciting new facilities that can be enjoyed by all.”

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


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Senator Doris Turner

SPRINGFIELD – In an effort to provide property tax relief, State Senator Doris Turner introduced a measure that would reimburse taxing districts for the revenue lost to the state property tax exemption.

“With Springfield being home to Illinois’ Capitol, we lose a considerable amount of property tax dollars with the amount of property the state owns,” said Turner (D-Springfield). “Those dollars could be used for our schools, libraries and more.”

Senate Bill 2092 would allow taxing districts to be reimbursed by the state for all property tax dollars lost to the state property tax exemption. The measure would not exceed $15 million in reimbursements per calendar year. Current law exempts all state-owned property from property taxes unless the state property is leased to a nongovernmental entity, such as a private individual, association, or corporation.

Turner’s initiative would create the State Property Tax Relief Reimbursement Pilot program for fiscal years 2024 through 2028. It would allow the Illinois Department of Revenue to adopt rules necessary to implement the program.

“As a lifelong resident of Springfield, I have seen the burden this has put on our local government,” Turner said. “It’s time we prioritize our capital city and the people who call it home.”

Senate Bill 2092 awaits committee assignment in the Illinois State Senate.

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SPRINGFIELD – To ensure Illinois’ Department of Children and Family Services caseworkers are safe during home visits, State Senator Doris TSenator Turnerurner introduced a measure that would make it a felony if a person commits aggravated battery against a caseworker or investigator while they are preforming their duties.

“DCFS employees protect our most vulnerable children and are often the most trusted person for our youth in case,” said Turner (D-Springfield). “We have heard about the caseworkers who have risked their lives during a home visit – they should feel safe while doing their job.”

Senate Bill 2010, also known as the Knight-Silas Legacy Act, comes in response to two DCFS caseworkers, Pamela Knight and Deidre Silas, who were killed during home visits. The Turner-led measure would make it a felony if a person over 21 years old commits aggravated battery against a DCFS caseworker or investigator while they are working.

The legislation would put DCFS workers in the same status of other front line workers, such as teachers or school employees, peace officers and private security officers. Since a majority of DCFS caseworkers are contracted, this measure would include contract workers as DCFS employees.

“Being a voice for our youth in care isn’t easy, but it’s important for the safety and well-being of the child,” Turner said. “We don’t want to punish children in care. We want to make sure they are living in a safe, stable home.”

Senate Bill 2010 has been assigned to the Special Committee on Criminal Law and Public Safety.

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