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SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Doris Turner will join families who have been impacted by the Carlinville funeral home’s insufficient handling of human remains at a press conference Thursday.

“These families have been traumatized and forced to relive the death of their loved one,” said Turner (D-Springfield). “This has become a nationwide issue – we have to ensure this doesn’t happen in Illinois again.”

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 reestablish integrity and trust in the death care industry by putting 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.

“When we lose a loved one, we expect a funeral home to respect their remains,” said Turner. “We are talking about a person who has family and a story of their own. It is vital that we ensure no family has to receive the dreaded call that the remains they received belong to someone else. This has become a nationwide issue that needs to be addressed.”

Turner will host a press conference on Senate Bill 2643 Thursday at 10 a.m. in the Blue Room.

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SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Doris Turner is inviting residents to participate in local events recognizing Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day on Feb. 7.

“We have come a long way in raising awareness of the impact HIV and AIDS have on the Black community across the state,” said Turner (D-Springfield). “By amplifying awareness and sharing resources, we can dismantle barriers to care and fight the stigma that exists around HIV and AIDS.”

Prior to becoming state senator, Turner worked for the Illinois Department of Public Health. Educating and bringing awareness to prevention and testing to Black HIV/Aids was something she worked on for years.

The Phoenix Center and Fifth Street Renaissance are hosting two events on National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. Free HIV and HIC testing, harm reduction supplies, food and more will be available for attendees.

The Phoenix Center’s event will be at Clays Popeye BBQ, located at 1121 South Grand Ave. E. in Springfield from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fifth Street Renaissance will be hosting an event at Cook Street Renaissance, located at 2218 E. Cook St. in Springfield from 2-5 p.m.

“Fifth Street Renaissance works diligently every day to address the health disparities that still exist in Illinois,” said Fifth Street Renaissance Executive Director Penny Powell. “While we have come a long way, there is still much work to do to ensure all communities and neighborhoods have equal access to quality, comprehensive healthcare that is accessible and inclusive.”

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

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Senator Turner

SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Doris Turner is encouraging local grocers to apply for funding through the Illinois Grocery Initiative for the purchase of updated energy-efficient equipment.

“We must do everything in our power to eliminate the food deserts across our state,” said Turner (D-Springfield). “Through these grants, local grocers will be able to maintain residents’ access to fresh food.”

Rising energy costs lead to outdated equipment, which presents a major expense for small community grocers. Under the Equipment Upgrades Program, eligible grocers can apply for grants to upgrade heating, ventilation and air conditioning equipment; refrigeration units and freezers; lighting systems; and other systems providing significant energy savings.

Eligible grocers should apply online by March 25. In order to support the businesses most in-need, grocers must be independently-owned with fewer than 500 employees and no more than four grocery stores. Grocery stores located in food deserts as defined by the USDA map will be given priority.

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Senator Turner

SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Doris Turner is encouraging eligible farmers and food producers to apply for food systems infrastructure grants to help uplift their business and tackle food insecurity.

“By fortifying the food system, we are supporting our local farmers and mitigating food insecurity,” said Turner (D-Springfield). “Everyone benefits when we empower our local farmers.”

The Resilient Food System Infrastructure program announced $6.4 million in grant funds are available to help strengthen the state’s food supply chain. Funds for this grant come from the Illinois Department of Agriculture and seek to build upon Illinois’ investments in local food and ending food insecurity.

Those interested should apply online at Resilient Food Systems Infrastructure Program by March 15. Applications from smaller farms and ranches, new and beginning farmers and ranchers, underserved producers, veteran producers, and underserved communities are encouraged.

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