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The Majority Report 10/11/15 - New face of the 28th district and growing budget fallout

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Murphy sworn in as State Senator for 28th District

Murphy sworn in as State Senator for 28th DistrictState Senator Laura Murphy (D-Des Plaines) was sworn in to office last week at the Des Plaines Public Library. Murphy replaces Dan Kotowski as state senator for Illinois' 28th Senate District. Kotowski resigned last month to take over as CEO of the nonprofit organization ChildServ.

"I would like to thank Senator Dan Kotowski for his nearly 10 years of dedicated service to the taxpayers of this district and state. I am very appreciative of his support and confidence in my ability to do the job," said Murphy.

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Governor's child care cuts devastating Illinois families, small businesses

Governor's child care cuts devastating Illinois families, small businessesChante Morrison, a single mother from Galesburg, applied for the Child Care Assistance Program over the summer to help her afford the high cost of child care for her two young children.

"I was working at the time and heard about this program," Chante said. "I applied - however, due to the July changes, I was denied. I was forced to move in with my sister. I had to quit my job. I have not been able to work due to these changes. If you want us to work, we need to be able to make sure our children are somewhere safe. My children aren't old enough to be left at home."

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Risks to Illinois domestic violence victims rise as funding for services absent

Risks to Illinois domestic violence victims rise as funding for services absentOctober is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Survivors, primarily women and children, need a range of services to escape their situations, pursue justice, get medical care and counseling to restart their lives in health and safety. Those survivors in Illinois are at a greater risk right now as funding for services to protect these families are being held hostage by the state's budget impasse.

Senator Heather Steans (D-Chicago 7th) sponsored legislation passed by the Senate last month to fund assistance for victims of domestic violence in addition to other critical human services. "It is appalling that the current administration has labeled these services ‘non-essential.' That decision affects 75,000 survivors of domestic violence statewide, leaving many without safe shelter, counseling, legal help and more."

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Higher education committee hears of students in limbo (VIDEO)

Higher education committee hears of students in limbo (VIDEO)As students prepare to register for their spring classes, they are unsure what the absence of a state higher education budget means for them. Last week, the final in a series of hearings on higher education funding was held in Eastern Illinois.

Every year, thousands of Illinois students take advantage of state MAP grants to help pay for higher education. The average student with a MAP grant receives about $2,700 to help pay for tuition. As college costs continue to skyrocket in Illinois, these grants are vital to the sustainability of many students' college careers.

Twenty percent - about 2,600 - of students at EIU rely on state assistance to cover their tuition expenses.

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