Murphy

  • murphy proptaxSPRINGFIELD- Nearly $583 million in funding for local governments is being held hostage due to the failure to negotiate a state budget by the legislative leaders and governor. As a result, many local governments are being forced to consider significant cuts or find new ways to generate tax dollars, such as a property tax increase. These funds, already collected by the Motor Fuel Tax, have no impact on the total state budget.

    To keep communities from being forced to take these drastic measures, a House panel today voted to release the funding. Former Des Plaines alderman and newly appointed State Senator Laura Murphy (D-Des Plaines), supports the proposal.

    “Our communities should not be forced to raise property taxes or layoff police and firefighters because the leaders in Springfield cannot work together to solve the budget crisis they have created. As a former Des Plaines alderman, I know firsthand how important these funds are to our communities,” said Murphy.

    The legislation, House Bill 4305, also releases funding from special state funds to pay prizes for lottery winners and 9-1-1 operators. Similar to the Motor Fuel Tax, the funding has been collected through separate fees and taxes that do not impact the overall state budget.

    The proposal will now head to the full House for a vote.

  • Murphy sworn-in as State Senator for Illinois’ 28th DistrictDES PLAINES – State Senator Laura Murphy (D-Des Plaines) was sworn into office on Monday evening at the Des Plaines Public Library.

    Murphy replaces Dan Kotowski, who last month resigned to take over as CEO of the nonprofit organization, ChildServ, as state senator for Illinois’ 28th Legislative District.

    “I would like to thank State Senator Dan Kotowski for his nearly ten 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.

    Prior to her appointment as state senator, Murphy spent over 20 years in healthcare and social services management, and the last four years educating youth in alcohol and tobacco prevention at the Illinois Liquor Control Commission.